Peak Childbirth?

August 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Posted in Media, Psychology, Science | Leave a comment

In this TED talk in Qatar, Hans Rosling explores the effect of religion on childbirth rates and finds it’s largely not relevant.

What is relevant?
– that children survive
– that children are not needed to work
– that women get educated and jobs
– that family planning is accessible

He shows with demographics that we’ve reached peak childbirth rates. Most countries are now around replacement rates, other than those in poverty and conflict. But because of the inevitable trends of those now born, the population will continue to grow until 10 billion, then level out. Whew!

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