Climate Change Will Likely Influence Fertility Rates

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Publication Info: Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP)

Date of Publication: September 16

Year of Publication: 2019

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: The Wilson Center

Author(s): Brian Thiede

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Many of climate change’s demographic impacts—including those on migration, health, and mortality—are well known. But will climate change also affect population growth? So far, relatively little is known about whether and how the reproductive goals and behaviors of women and their partners may be influenced by a changing climate. However, a number of recent empirical studies offer evidence of such effects, underscoring the multidimensional ways that households modify their structure and activities in response to changing environmental conditions. The effects also highlight the complex and interactive linkages between population growth rates and climate change.

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