Will Overpopulation Become Less of a Problem?
Quietly, though, women all over the world are choosing to have fewer babies. Especially in developing countries, women are embracing their independence and pursuing careers, waiting until they’re older to have children, and having fewer of them. Modern medicine gives babies a better chance of surviving past infancy, which means that women feel that fewer pregnancies are necessary. In the U.S., the birth rate has been dropping since the 1960s, more sharply over the last few years.
A stable population may help solve environmental problems such as climate change and water scarcity, excellent news for an already-stressed planet.