03 Oct '11, 4am

Women’s rights are key to slowing population growth

Women’s rights are key to slowing population growth

Cross-posted from Policy Innovations . As human numbers approach 7 billion, the question is, "Where do we go from here?" The U.N. recently published new population projections , which envision a range of possibilities for the 21st century. In the U.N.'s low projection, our numbers peak at 8 billion by mid-century, then decline to 6 billion by 2100. By contrast, the medium and high projections envision continued growth for the foreseeable future. According to the medium projection, the world's population would reach 10 billion by 2100; according to the high projection, nearly 16 billion. Now, I don't believe there is an optimal size for the human population; greater equity and more efficient use of resources would greatly extend the planet's "carrying capacity." Yet, when you consider the resource challenges of the 21st century, 8 billion certainly looks more sustainable th...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/population/2011-10-03-womens-rights-...

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