Sci-(Non)Fi: The Future of Population Growth?

June 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is a Guardian video of “statistics guru” Hans Rosling explaining the future of fossil fuel distribution and population growth.  Listen closely as he glosses over a fact that doesn’t fit with his socialist political message.

Old Hans mumbles through the fact that population growth will stop.  (He also fails to address his observation that using more fossil fuels correlates with lower child mortality rates).  The fact is, scientists have known for some time that world population will soon begin to decline.  Birth rates in most developed countries have been on the decline for decades.  Most scientists and statisticians studying population expect the world population to decline after it peaks at 10 billion.

So who worries about fossil fuels?  Keep using them, and your grandchildren are more likely to survive into adulthood.  After the world population peaks, more Legos for them.

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