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.

See also: Space Colonization

Overpopulation Blog Posts

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

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Crude birth rate of England and Wales hits a new low

BBC - 01-Aug-2019

Total fertility rate is lower than many other years except 1977 and 1999 to 2002

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China child restrictions leading to fall in population

Futurism - 18-Jan-2019

More countries are having to plan for increasingly aged populations

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Photosynthesis fix boosts crop growth by 40%

Independent - 04-Jan-2019

More efficient photorespiration pathway could result in greater crop production

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