Response to Fred Pearce: Of course population is still a problem

September 18, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Congratulations to Bob Walker for his published responses to Fred Pearce’s claims that the population problem is over. The first item below was published by In addition, Bob published a similar rebuttal to Pearce’s Grist article at This was also picked up by the Guardian.

Opinion on Overpopulation: Not so Fast, Fred

When it comes to rapid population growth, Fred Pearce (who recently authored a guest post on 3p called “Overpopulation is the Wrong Focus”) wants to declare victory in the worst way. And he does. He does it by ignoring all the evidence to the contrary.

He says, for example, “that the population bomb that I remembering being scared by forty years ago as a school kid is being defused fast.” Not so fast, Fred. World population is still on track to add more than two billion people by mid-century. The U.S. Census Bureau projected last month that world population will increase from 6.8 billion today to 9.3 billion by 2050, and that assumes that fertility rates will continue to fall.

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Of course population is still a problem

Fred Pearce keeps on saying that population growth is no longer a problem. He said it again yesterday as part of his World Population Day message.

In Fred’s view, it’s very simple. Fertility rates have come down sharply over the past half century. Problem solved.

Sorry, Fred, saying that population growth is no longer a problem doesn’t make it so, no matter how many times you say it. Neither does wishful thinking.

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