Which is the REAL problem: declining fertility rates or overpopulation?
Topic: Which is the REAL problem: declining fertility rates or overpopulation?
July 19, 2019 / By Benjy Question:
Today, I have been confronted with this problem. It really confuses me actually:
http://www.exitmundi.nl/exitmundi.htm- (Click on the image that says "VANISH!" and on the pink image next to it too)
The articles at exitmundi say that the population is actually decreasing. Since this website talks about possible events that can wipe out the human race, this actually freaks me out.
On the other hand, places like this website (http://www.globalissues.org/issue/198/hu... are more about overpopulation.
But what is the REAL problem: declining fertility rates or overpopulation?
I just realized that the exitmundi link didn't work. Please click on this link if you want to see the site:
_Then click on the image of the cross that says "VANISH!". Also click on the pink picture next to that link.
Also view this link:
Best Answers: Which is the REAL problem: declining fertility rates or overpopulation?
Abell | 8 days ago
Why must there be only one "real" problem?
1. From the perspective of long term survival of human civilization on Earth, we must drastically reduce the population. We've already exceed the carrying capacity of the Earth
and this is:
A. Before climate change will make things worse.
B. While we still have billions living in poverty.
Unfortunately, no one has a plan for radically reducing population in a humane way so no country has really started.
2. At the same time, we have societies where people are living longer while having fewer kids. What that means is that as the elderly population grows, there are fewer working people to produce goods and services.
Thus even though an individual worker may be as productive as ever, with a smaller percentage of the population working, the per capita production goes down and almost everyone sees their standard of living decrease. This is not seen as a good thing by anyone.
So one answer is to somehow make all workers much more productive than they are - desirable but hard - or have a higher percentage of people working. If you are not going to kill off all the retired, that means more younger people and hence a larger population.
3. Then there are the international political forces. China is considered a power not because its per capita production is particularly high but because it has a high population. All other things being equal, a higher population means more power and prestige on the international stage. So all politicians, wanting their country to be seen as being powerful, want to see a larger population.
(They also want to see productivity improve so that the workers they do have keep producing more, etc. but that's an independent factor. Norway and Denmark have much higher productivity than Germany and Japan (much less China), yet their populations are so small no one considers them major players)
And if they can somehow swing it so that their country has a larger population while all the countries get a lower one, then they really win.)
So all three problems are real. The fact that the obvious solution to each is incompatible with the others just makes the situation all that much harder to deal with.
The net result is that all three are likely to be "solved" without any planning. (yes, I mean the four horsemen.)
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Originally Answered: Who's fertility problem is worse?
It's a toss-up. If there is actually a procedure that can be done for him which will solve the problem, then I would say that yours is the worse problem. If you don't ovulate, you can take drugs to help stimulate and regulate your cycle, but to my knowledge there is no surgery to correct this problem. However if it's just between having low sperm and having no ovulation I guess he has the worse problem because again, you can take medication.
Originally Answered: Who's fertility problem is worse?
Overall, female infertility tends to be more treatable. There are medications to stimulate ovulation, and surgery can sometimes fix blocked tubes. Low sperm count/poor motility harder to treat.
I personally think it's overpopulation. Natural resources are exploited, global warming is worsened, manners are worse.etc.etc. To be honest, I don't see how declining fertility is worse than overpopulation because it's part of the human race to give birth. It has been imprinted in our DNA. Even if lots of people aren't giving birth, lots of others will. The only time when declining fertility is bad is when you're looking at at the extinction of a specific group of people. As long as war or natural disasters don't kill us, I don't think declining fertility rates will.
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