Overpopulation Is Overhyped

A Wall Street Journal commentary reports that the UN has declared overpopulation a nonissue.
March 5, 2002, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Now, however, the U.N.'s new proposal acknowledges that fertility is falling more rapidly than expected in some big, less developed countries with "intermediate" levels of fertility (2.1 to 5.0). These include India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Bangladesh and the Philippines. (China, at 1.8 is already below replacement level, in part due to coercive family planning policies.) The U.N. concludes that the less developed nations are heading toward a fertility rate of 1.85, down significantly from the 2.1 of earlier projections. This would yield a maximum global population in the 8 billion to 9 billion range." Editor's note: A subscription required to access this article.

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Published on Monday, March 4, 2002 in Wall St. Journal
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