‘Birth dearth’ worries pale in comparison to overpopulation

October 3, 2008 • News

Forty years ago, “The Population Bomb” by biological scientist Paul Ehrlich was published.

At the time, the book caused a considerable stir with its warning that overpopulation could put the future of civilization in grave doubt.

Lately, though, a “baby gap,” a “birth dearth,” a “population bust” have been popular topics. That’s primarily an issue for Western Europe and Japan, prosperous regions where women don’t have enough babies to maintain population in the long run. Russia, with widespread health problems and alcoholism, and relatively low life expectancy, finds its population shrinking by 700,000 people each year. Germany’s population is falling about 100,000 a year.

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