The huge, hidden cost of population growth

February 22, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

The huge, hidden cost of population growth

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He cites the pressure on the housing market, clogged infrastructure and the greater difficulty of limiting greenhouse gas emissions. At some point, we will exceed the carrying capacity of the continent, and perhaps we already have. Those are all sound reasons, but they tend to be brushed aside by the growth lobby, partly because the numbers are hard to pin down.
But what if we knew that halving immigration would save us $50 billion or more a year? According to some little-noticed papers by development economist Jane O’Sullivan, population growth costs us over $500,000 per person added.

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