Tuesday, July 13, 2010


clipped from reason.com

The environmentalist news website Grist
(former tagline: "Gloom and Doom with a Sense of Humor,' now
replaced with "A Beacon in the Smog") is running an article by Fred
Pearce that forthrightly (and finally)
that the population bomb is a dud:

A green myth is on the march. It wants to blame the world's
overbreeding poor people for the planet's peril. It stinks. And on
World Population Day, I encourage fellow environmentalists not to
be seduced.

Some greens think all efforts to save the world are doomed
unless we "do something" about continuing population growth. But
this is nonsense. Worse, it is dangerous nonsense. 

For a start, the population bomb that I remember being scared by
40 years ago as a schoolkid is being defused fast. Back then, most
women round the world had five or six children. Today's women have
just half as many as their mothers -- an average of 2.6. Not just
in the rich world, but almost everywhere.