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 Real Change - USA 04 November 2019

The UN predicts that by 2050, there could be 9.6 billion people on the planet. Journalist Alan Weisman says that unless we lower birth rates, life on earth will suffer. Not that he’s a doomsayer. Indeed, in Weisman’s new book - Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? - you can sense his love of humanity. Yet he still believes we need a prescription to curb our propensity to procreate. To find answers, he traveled the globe, making stops in countries such as Niger, where women average between seven and eight children, the highest rate on Earth, and Japan, where the population has been dropping since 2006. (3280 Words) - By Rosette Royale

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Alan Weisman is the author of several books, including “The World Without Us.” He writes for Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Discover, Vanity Fair, Wilson Quarterly, Mother Jones and Orion. Photo courtesy of Alan Weisman

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