What fewer people on the planet would mean for the environment

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/overpopulation-climate-change-emissions/a-54725928

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Overconsumption, not overpopulation, drives climate change. A projected decline in fertility could see the world’s population peak in just four decades, with Japan and Spain halving in size. Fertility is falling, people are aging, and by the end of the century humans will be shrinking in number on almost every country on Earth, according to a recent study published in the journal Lancet. Far from an overpopulation crisis, demographers are asking where the next generations of young people will come from. The study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projects the number of people on the planet will peak just four decades from now, at 9.7 billion, before falling to 8.8 billion by the end of the century.