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China amended its one-child policy. It’s still wrong.

In a radical departure from its former one- and two-child policies, China’s Communist party announced on June 1 that it would allow married couples to have up to three children. The decision — borne of a desperate attempt to raise its declining birth rate — is a measure that reflects the greater global anxiety of […]

Climate Migrants and Others Fleeing Ecological Threats Will Only Become More Common

It’s no secret that the impacts of climate change have been a driving force behind migration. As droughts, heatwaves, floods, and other climate change consequences continue to increase in severity and frequency, many climate-vulnerable communities around the globe are seeking out safer and more hospitable environments. The discussion of climate vulnerability has also made its […]

U.S. Population Growth Hasn’t Ended (Unfortunately), Despite What Some Reporters Say

While it’s exciting to finally start seeing articles about population in the news, unfortunately, most of them are bemoaning a so-called U.S. “population bust” and “demographic stagnation.” The vast majority of top-ranked comments (select the Reader Picks tab) on these articles support our position: that fertility decline and slowing population growth present opportunities for the […]

The Links Between Population and the Environment, Explained

Earth’s complex natural systems sustain all life. Biodiverse terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems also enhance human livelihoods and well-being. When human numbers were small, our impact on the environment was localized and minimal (for a visual representation of how human population numbers have grown throughout history, check out Population Education’s famous “dot” video!). However, as […]

Earth, Population, and Zoonosis

COVID-19 is the latest of many zoonotic diseases that have reached epidemic or pandemic levels in recent decades, including SARS, Ebola, avian flu, and swine flu. Zoonoses are diseases that result from viral animal-to-human spillovers. These spillovers are predominately linked to human encroachment into animal habitats and ecosystem disruption through human activities and climate change. […]

Population Growth Around the World

Which Continent Has the Fastest Growing Population? This is a question we are often asked, so we’d like to dedicate an entire blog post to its answer. The reality is that, although the global fertility rate has declined to 2.4 children per woman (from 4.9 when we were founded in 1968), there is a wide, […]

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