Baby boom is now bust

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The num­ber of chil­dren be­ing born around the world has rapidly de­clined, say re­searchers.

The study, pub­lished by med­i­cal jour­nal The Lancet, fol­lowed trends in every coun­try be­tween 1950 and 2017. Fall­ing fer­til­ity rates means that nearly 50% of coun­tries are now fac­ing a “baby bust” be­cause there aren’t enough ba­bies be­ing born to main­tain the pop­u­la­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Christo­pher Murray, of the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton, said: “We have reached this wa­ter­shed where half of coun­tries have fer­til­ity rates be­low the re­place­ment level, so if noth­ing hap­pens the pop­u­la­tions will de­cline in those coun­tries. It’s a remarkable tran­si­tion.”

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