13 Feb '12, 6pm

Peak People? Are We Actually Running Out Of Our Most Valuable Resource?

Peak People? Are We Actually Running Out Of Our Most Valuable Resource?

Abandoned home in Ireland; Fergus B on Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Population growth is a major concern; Andy Revkin has gone so far as to suggest that it, more than climate, is the story of our time. But do we have this backwards? Author Doug Saunders suggests that we might, in fact have the opposite problem. Like Peak Oil and Peak Food, there are a lot of us around, and the numbers being produced are still growing. But have we reached the top of a sort of Hubberts Curve of people? Saunders writes: People around the world are living longer, and having far fewer children — a consequence of increased female education rates and declining absolute poverty. Countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia and Iran are now having so few children that their populations are on the verge of shrinking....The world is on the threshold of what might be called “peak people.” The world’s supply of working-a...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/peak-people-are-we-actu...

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