Slate CC12: The Thorny Issue of Population Growth
The Thorny Issue of Population Growth
Life expectancy is up and poverty is down worldwide, even with our rapidly expanding global population. Are our fears of catastrophe overblown? By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Thursday, May 3, 2012
Last year, the world population reached 7 billion. It added the last billion in merely 12 years, similar to the time it took to add the fifth and sixth billion. Despite this rapid growth, the doomsday predictions of previous decades about the potentially disastrous consequences of rapid population growth have not materialized.