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Ghost towns getting recolonized by flourishing wildlife

Falling birth rate is a global concern; nature reserves reclaimed abandoned towns


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As women’s empowerment and access to contraception improve, birthrates are stuttering and stalling.

There are fewer than 2.1 children per woman - minimum level required to maintain a stable population.

In South Korea, birthrates fell to 0.84 per woman.

Fertility rate is falling dramatically in England and Wales from 1.9 children per woman in 2012 to just 1.65 in 2019.

In Scotland, the rate has fallen from 1.67 in 2012 to 1.37 in 2019.

This is also the case in middle-income countries, including Thailand and Brazil.

In Iran, a birthrate of 1.7 children per woman has alarmed the government.

Likely to have economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical consequences around the world.

One in every eight homes now lies empty.

Youngsters have left the villages, parents are getting flats closer to the hospital.

Rural abandonment contributed to the resurgence of large carnivores in Europe.

Lynx, wolverines, brown bears and wolves have all seen increases in their populations over the last decade.

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