The social and environmental influences of population growth rate and demographic pressure deserve greater attention in ecological economics

Article author: 
Jane O'Sullivan, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
Article publisher: 
Ecological Economics
Article date: 
16 May 2020
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

... "The number of people added to the world annually was creeping downward in the 1990s thanks to previous family planning efforts, but began to climb again from around 2000, and is now much nearer 90 million per annum than 80 million. UN estimates for global population in 2100 were revised upward, adding over two billion to the anticipated peak load of humanity (O'Sullivan, 2016)... Most of the extra population will be born in Africa, now projected to exceed four billion by 2100 instead of levelling around 2 billion. The prospects for Africans are greatly diminished as a result, and the risks to the global community from instability and mass exodus from Africa are heightened (Graves et al., 2019). This has been the price of political correctness."...

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