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Climate Change's Hotter Weather Could Reduce Human Fertility

The Conversation US | Posted 11.24.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

As a caveat, these projections focus exclusively on the fertility cost of heat stress and do not offer insight into the costs of natural disasters or other major social changes resulting from climate change.

Immigration Reform for the Long Run

Milton Ezrati | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

The chaos on the border screams the nation's urgent need for immigration reform. Hopefully, Washington will act, for humanitarian as well as security reasons, and perhaps also to satisfy the country's understandable yearning for coherent law.

Why Do Birth Rates Peak At Different Times In Different Places?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Boer Deng | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents

By Boer Deng for Slate The Book of Ecclesiastes proclaims that there is “a time to be born.” It seems that time might depend on where you are b...

An Aging IMF

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

hen the IMF was founded in 1945, the world looked very different than it does today. One of the most profound differences is the structural demographic shift from "young to old," where by as soon as 2020 there will be a billion of us over 60, soaring to two billion by mid-century

Study Could Help Control The Spread Of Infant Epidemics In Developing Countries

Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents

By: By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer Published: 04/01/2014 07:31 PM EDT on LiveScience Updated Tues. April 2 at 7:15 a.m. ET. Birth rates across...

How Fertility Rates Can Bounce Back

Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents

By: By Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer Published: 01/28/2014 07:02 PM EST on LiveScience Almost the world over, women are having fewer children ...

Don't Be Fruitful and Multiply

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The traditional religious emphasis on copious reproduction and common teachings against the use of contraception are having a direct impact on population growth, especially in countries that can't afford it.

The Big Social Changes Are the Ones We Ignore

Eli Lehrer | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Many of the social changes that people think about the most at the time, in other words, aren't the biggest ones. This doesn't mean, of course, that all social changes are meaningless.

The Myth of 'Choice' in Women's Fertility

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.06.2013 | Women
Kate Blanchard

Americans are a proactive people. We like to believe that our destinies are wholly within our control, and that everyone gets exactly what she deserves. The "choice" myth is therefore very powerful in all kinds of ways, including in our conversations about women's fertility.

Catherine Pearson

Have Middle-Class Women Been Priced Out Of Having Kids? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Women

Compared to many, Carrie Dottellis and her husband are well-off. The 36-year-old is a self-employed bookkeeper and business manager with seven clients...

We Are Not Having Enough Babies

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business

Thanks to the weak economy, Americans are having fewer babies than the British and the French -- not enough to maintain the size of the U.S. populatio...

Health and Work in the Age of Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As life-spans routinely stretch into the 80s and 90s and as birth rates continue to drop to unprecedented lows, the importance of maintaining health as we age becomes even more crucial.

Too Poor To Have Kids

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.27.2012 | Money

Young Americans are just too poor to have kids. The number of children born in the U.S. has plunged 8 percent since its all-time high in 2007, acco...

Are Gays and Divorce Destroying the Welfare States?

James Peron | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
James Peron

Considering the emphasis religious-right groups put on same-sex marriage, I thought it useful to check birth rates in nations at the time they instituted marriage equality and compare them to today. Has there been a difference in trends already in place?

States With The Oldest And Youngest Residents

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 07.10.2011 | Business

All fifty states will not carry the US economy to a recovery, if it can recover entirely at all. A careful look at the patterns of aging, births, and ...

Fertility Up, Among Women 40-Plus

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Gregory

When/if there's an economic upswing, will births resurge, and will the effect ripple upward across age brackets?

Could Demographic Trends Cripple Europe by 2050?

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rory Fitzgerald

New figures bear out a looming demographic crisis in Europe. Not since the Black Death have we seen populations collapse like this.

Spanish Expectant Mothers Race To Give Birth Before New Year To Claim $3,303 'Cheque Bebe'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new round of public spending cuts in Spain has many expectant women scrambling to give birth before the end of the year, the Guardian is reporting. ...

Post-Fertile Boomers Push The Birth Rate Drop

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

As older folks continue to stick around longer and longer, it negatively affects the birth rate because the proportion of infertile people is increasing.

Why Are American Women Having More Children?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Even if the declining employment rates for women don't reflect general support for "opting out," the cultural elevation of women who choose to stay home with their kids is palpable.

Births Up -- No, Down!: Stats and the Politics of Fertility Anxiety

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Elizabeth Gregory

Anxiety helps put pressure on women to have babies now, at whatever age -- along with the recent highly politicized decreases in access to birth control, especially for younger women.

More Women Are Having Fewer Children, If At All

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style