Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Population demographics becomes divisive for developing countries asked to reduce carbon emissions


Eduardo Porter, in his “Economic Scene” column in Business Day, brings up the duplicitous population demographics issue again in an article “Reducing carbon by curbing population”, link here. Of course, the basic dilemma is obvious.  Birth and fertility rates are much higher in the developing world than in the developed world.  Infant mortality rates in some African countries are horrible.  People in this part of the world can’t feed that many babies.  But in richer parts of the world, there aren’t enough children to replace workers who retire, and to support the elderly, without immigration, which will lead to enormous political tension eventually.  Bruce Bawer had said all this in “While Europe Slept.”  

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