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A fascinating map of an ageing world

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

View it here.

The map above, produced by the Bank of America, shows in bright pink the sections of the world where more than 20% of the population are over 65. In 2010 only Italy, Germany and Japan are shaded bright pink. But, as you can see, the pink sections of the map grow dramatically by 2100 to include much of the world. Read more…

Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts”

June 12th, 2014 Comments off

by Anne Morse, Media Coordinator for the Population Research Institute.

This article was first published at pop.org on June 11, 2014.

Long, long ago, when Anne’s parents were in college (sorry, mom and dad), demographers made an observation: they saw that for most of human history, even though couples were having far more than two children, mortality was also very high. The result was that populations either stayed the same or grew very slowly. Read more…

Iran’s 14 point plan for population growth

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

It is a new reality around the world that fertility is a government issue and children must now be encouraged in case we end up with none at all in generations to come (or not come).

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has recently released a 14 point policy to speed up the country’s population growth and reverse its declining birth rate. He called for the different institutions of the country to implement the plans with “precision, speed and strength.” In recent years the country has experienced one of the most steeply falling birth rates in the world. Read more…

Japanese panel proposes urgent measures

May 19th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

Japan is finally starting to sit up and take notice of its fertility dilemma. Adding to our discussion of Japan recently on the blog, a Japanese government panel investigating solutions to the problem released its proposals on Tuesday this week. Read more…

Japan’s (Very Few) Children Day

May 9th, 2014 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

We discussed Japan’s continuing population decline last month on this blog and the attempts being made by the Abe government to try and reverse the trend. Today we’re going to revisit the Land of the Rising Sun since its internal affairs and communications ministry celebrated Children’s Day by announcing that the number of children under the age of 15 years old is estimated to be 16.33 million. This is 160,000 fewer children than last year and means that for the 33rd year in a row the number of Japanese Children has declined. Read more…

Earth Day eco-villains: our top 10

April 22nd, 2014 Comments off
We out some offenders that have been flying under the radar.

Carolyn Moynihan

It’s Earth Day again, an occasion on which to reflect on our sins against the environment and make resolutions to clean up our act. We are familiar with the usual suspects: overpopulation, oil companies, overpopulation, chocolate, cattle farmers, the coal industry… and did I mention overpopulation?

Well, forget all that. Here’s our top 10 eco-villains, most of them getting away with ecological murder to date. Read more…

Why you shouldn’t take alarmist population predictions seriously

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

Population control ideology stands in stark contrast to the reality of a withering Russia

February 14th, 2014 Comments off

By Anne Morse

This article was first published February 6, 2014 at pop.org.

Reports of terrorist threats, human rights abuses, and general economic incompetency have already marred the opening of the 2014 winter Olympics. These failings in Russia represent the face of the greatest myth propagated this past half-century: that low-fertility creates a successful society.  Read more…

More governments are worried about fertility rates

January 18th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

A recent United Nations fertility report collates some interesting statistics about the fertility of the world as a whole.  Put simply, – and no surprises here – it finds that the developed world is not reproducing at the rate necessary to ensure the replacement of generations.   Read more…

One child changes: No effect?

December 26th, 2013 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

A few weeks ago we mentioned the news that China was relaxing its despicably evil One Child Policy. Understandably perhaps, the only response to that post was scepticism that we should take anything that the Chinese Government says at face value. To add a large pinch of salt to anything announced by the Chinese Government is certainly a prudent thing to do, but the fact that it acknowledged publically that a bedrock piece of social engineering was no longer desirable is surely worthy of mention and comment. Read more…

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