Is there a sustainable rate of population growth?



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    Currently, the world’s population is still growing at a faster than sustainable rate.  The sustainable rate of population growth for the planet would probably be zero net population growth, because human societies are already putting the environment under severe stress.  Though population growth in the developing world has tended to receive the most media attention, populations are also growing in the US, in part do to us having one of the highest birth rates of any developed country.  In addition, population growth in the US is likely to have a more negative environmental impact than it would in most developing countries, because people born in the US are likely to have a very large environmental footprint.  The birth rate in the US is 2.1 children per woman, while the average for developed countries as a whole is 1.6 children per woman.

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