In the Lancet Commission, “Managing the health effects of climate change” (May 16, p 1693), Anthony Costello and colleagues give a timely and balanced review of the key social implications of climate change, recognising the complexity of its connections with population.
Future population growth in developing nations could accentuate climate change. A reduction in growth rates would, therefore, help mitigate climate change while speeding up poverty reduction and development. Costello and colleagues observe-as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has repeatedly pointed out-that a substantial decline in population growth rates can be achieved by empowering women, reducing poverty, and meeting family planning needs.
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