The Coming Population Decline
As women in rising countries like China, Iran and Turkey lead increasingly independent lives, they are having children later in life and in fewer numbers which could prevent the much-feared population crisis. Fred Pearce has written a book on the matter called: The Coming Population Crash, and Our Planet's Surprising Future. He has recently written an article for Scientific American saying that "Women are having smaller families and grabbing a new life outside the home because, for the first time in history, they can. In the 20th century, the world largely eradicated the diseases that used to mean most children died before growing up. Mothers no longer need to have five or six children to ensure the next generation. So they do not. Two or three is enough."