fertility rates

Haitians Latest in a Long and Growing List of ‘Credible Fear’ Scammers

In July, at a White House meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, President Obama praised the “extraordinary ties of family and friendship” that the two countries share.

Till Death Do Us Part – Wedded to Population Growth

Last year the U.N. Population Division revised upward its global demographic projections for 2050 and 2100. These revisions – to higher expected populations – reflected demographers’ realization that fertility declines in a number of developing countries were not happening as uniformly or as swiftly as they had earlier assumed.

Indeed, in some countries fertility declines had stalled altogether, or even turned around.

Making Babies

Last year 143 million babies were born worldwide. For something so commonplace, the act of making babies is indeed a miracle, but one fraught with profound consequences for individuals, societies and ecosystems.

For individual parents and couples, bringing a baby into being can be a path to ineffable joy and fulfillment, though of course it runs the risk of deep disappointment or the worst kind of suffering should things turn out badly due to accident or disease.

Lidia Leads the Way – a Generation of Latin American Women Breaks Barriers

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America, I lived for two and a half years in the port town of La Ceiba, nestled between the towering Cordillera Nombre de Dios mountain range and the Caribbean Sea, on the north coast of Honduras. I made many good friends. One of my dearest and most memorable was Lidia, a waitress at a hole-in-the-wall café to which I rode my bicycle every morning for a papaya liquado (smoothie).

Despite What You May Read, No U.S. Baby Shortfall

“U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants” was the headline story about new stats from the Pew Research Center.

Amnesty and Its Adverse Impact on California’s Population Growth

With the possibility of an amnesty the hottest post-election Capitol Hill topic, reviewing the population-related lessons that should have been learned (but apparently were not) from the 1986 Immigration and Reform Control Act is worthwhile.

L.A. Times Runs Provocative Series on Overpopulation

If you haven’t read the five-part series, “Beyond 7 Billion,” that ran recently in the L.A. Times, I’d encourage you to do it now.