World population needs to stabilise

August 23, 2013 • News

World population needs to stabilise

Sir, Among sensible-sounding ideas for dealing with the failings of China’s unfunded state pension system, Robert Pozen argues for increased population (“China must defuse its looming demographic crunch”, August 20). The bigger picture is that unfunded state pension (and health) schemes are the norm around the world, yet there is an urgent need to see the world’s population stabilise or decline to improve the chances of coping with resource pressure, climate change, ocean acidification and species loss. Surely we are well past the age of advocating population growth to solve problems of economic and liability management.

Howard Covington, London SW7, UK

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