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Overpopulation

A common concern about life extension is that we would rapidly overrun the planet, and without management, this could happen. However, there a few factors in our favour.

In many countries, fertility rates are already dropping below that required to maintain a population, and without immigration the number of people living there would be falling.

Even with biological immortality, if people were limited to one child each, then there would be a finite maximum population to deal with. And biological immortality does not mean fictional immortality - people will still die in accidents, conflict or by choice, meaning the global population would eventually start falling again.

We will have a lot of time to come up with a solution - the population won't double overnight, it might take a 100 years or so, and it's impossible to imagine what technologies may have been developed by then to help.

According to David Wood of London Futurists if death stopped tomorrow it would take a hundred years to double the planet's

See also: Space Colonization

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Longevity and coping with an ever increasing population
07-Jul-2015

Longevity and coping with an ever increasing population

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China's population may have peaked last year as birthrate falls

The Guardian - 17-Jan-2022

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Guardian - 20-Sep-2021

Worldwide 28% of countries adopt pronatalist policies to drive up the birthrate

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UK recorded more deaths than births for first time in 40 years

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South Korea's falling birth rate is worrisome

BBC - 04-Jan-2021

A declining population is detrimental to the country's economy

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