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Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown




World Population is NOT Careening Out of Control

What about China?

Family size has dropped dramatically since the 1970s, when the average Chinese woman had five to six children. Today, China's fertility rate is 1.5 children per woman. Most families have just one, but exceptions allow multiple children for ethnic minorities and a second one for rural families whose first baby is a girl.


If that fertility rate holds, China's population will peak at 1.4 billion in 2026 and then start shrinking, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By the end of this century, China's population would be cut almost in half to 750 million


Read the whole story here.


UN Report on Population  (local)

Here is what the US Census Bureau Says


The population is approaching a top:

The growth rate has been declining for decades:

World Population scheduled to decrease:  we may face a declining world population

How the World Survived the Population Bomb: Lessons from 50 Years of Exceptional Demographic History  

World population will reach 7 billion in 2011, a demographic milestone that is causing renewed attention to the challenges resulting from population growth. In his PAA presidential address, David Lam will look back on the last 50 years, a period in which world population grew at rates that have never been seen before and that will almost surely never be seen again. Read the rest here

More good news: We are not Running our of Stuff (or energy!)