Fertility Rates

Is too much ‘stuff’ affecting our ability to be contented?

Shannon Roberts | 04 May 2015
One mother takes away all her children's toys.

No one is winning from the world’s lack of children

Shannon Roberts | 01 May 2015
An Oxford study finds painful periods of adjustment for both East and West are inevitable.

The EU has fewer and fewer children

Shannon Roberts | 23 April 2015
Children decreased by 10 million over the last twenty years - that has consequences.

Sex educators urge births

Shannon Roberts | 13 April 2015
Students need to know that having a baby is a happy event.

Russian demography deteriorates

Shannon Roberts | 07 April 2015
More military spending means fewer births.

A society working for a rich elite?

Shannon Roberts | 23 March 2015
The majority are being forsaken in the name of liberalism

Will low-birth-rate Turks become a minority in their own country?

Marcus Roberts | 19 March 2015
Will the Kurds become a majority in Turkey in the next few decades?

Will we all be African one day soon?

Shannon Roberts | 21 August 2014
By the end of this century 40% of all humans will be African - a radical demographic change.

Niger: the most fertile nation on earth

Marcus Roberts | 19 August 2014
But why do Nigeriens continue to have children when the country cannot feed itself?

Why you shouldn’t take alarmist population predictions seriously

Shannon Roberts | 06 April 2014
Four surprising facts about population which mean that human beings are not fated to ecological disaster

The dependent generation

Shannon Roberts | 27 March 2014
New stats show that European young adults are struggling to become independent

More governments are worried about fertility rates

Shannon Roberts | 14 January 2014
The developed world is not reproducing at the rate necessary to ensure the replacement of generations.

We’ll take your children while you make some more

Marcus Roberts | 20 September 2013
Seven daycare centres in Denmark are trying to help the country's low birthrate.

Israeli demography numbers: not what you’d expect!

Marcus Roberts | 13 August 2013
Israel's Jewish population is becoming more fertile than its Arab population.

“The Global Spread of Fertility Decline”

Marcus Roberts | 15 July 2013
The idea of depopulation is gianing more traction.

USA’s Population Crisis: Hogwash?

Marcus Roberts | 24 April 2013
A recent opinion piece in the NYTimes tries to tell us that the USA has no fertility crisis.

Family friendly policies the answer to demographic woes?

Shannon Roberts | 11 February 2013
This week I recommend you to an interesting interview conducted by John Rosen on the Wall Street Journal website with the author of a new book called “What to expect when no one’s expecting”. You can find it here. The author, Jonathan Last, succinctly summarises many of the challenges facing the world as a result of low birth rates. We only have to look like countries like Greece to see that we can’t afford entitlements, for example, without a young working population paying taxes.

The Muslim World and Contraception

Marcus Roberts | 01 August 2012
A study of fertility rates in the Muslim world suggests contraceptive use isn't the reason for fertility declines.

Dramatic Fertility Decline in Muslim World

Marcus Roberts | 31 July 2012
The Muslim world is catching up to the West in terms of fertility rates.

Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive human will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editors of Demography is Destiny are Marcus and Shannon Roberts, who live in Auckland, New Zealand. Send them your comments and suggestions. 

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