This Halloween, the seventh billion person is projected to be born, most likely in India.
Between now and 2025, the earth is predicted to gain one billion new inhabitants. Most of them will live in developing countries, and when the population reaches eight billion, half of the people in the poorest countries will be under 20-years-old. Half of the population in developing economies as a whole will be under 30. In short, the world is about to face a youth bubble of massive proportions.
Some argue that this population growth will not be damaging, but others recommend combating it with contraceptives, economic aid to reduce family sizes, or family size restrictions like those used in China and Nigeria.
Should we fight this population surge? If so, how?
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