09 May '11, 9pm
UN Forecasts Global Population to Reach 10bn By End of Century
I recently made the case on Parentables that we parents can still worry about overpopulation , but I am well aware that it is not an easy topic. From accusations of reproductive racism to suggestions that discussing overpopulation amounts to advocating eugenics, folks can get pretty heated. Yet, even as we accept that consumption patterns in the West have more impact than population, it's hard to deny how many humans there are on the planet will inevitably influence our planet's ability to support those humans. On Friday we saw a somewhat encouraging guest post arguing that a concerted focus on access to family planning and birth control could stabilize population levels way below the projected 9bn. But new figures coming from the UN suggest that a much less rosy picture is also a possibility. In fact, we could be looking at 10bn humans on the Earth by 2100. Here's why.