The U.S. birthrate has dropped again. The pandemic may be accelerating the decline.

The birthrate declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, the federal government reported on Wednesday, early evidence that the coronavirus pandemic accelerated a trend among American women of delaying pregnancy.

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COVID-19 pandemic may produce dramatic changes in life expectancy, birth rates and immigration

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is reducing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and slowing down immigration. These changes may produce concerning trends in populations globally.

How Arizona's attorney general is weaponizing climate fears to keep out immigrants

As the right grapples with what comes after climate denial, a Copper State lawsuit suggests creeping 'eco-fascism' in Europe may be a model.

Eating insects could be the future of food

Entomophagy or eating insects is gradually gaining traction as insects are a sustainable source of protein and micronutrients.

US marks slowest population growth since the Depression

U.S. population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence.


Flooding tells ‘two different stories’ in Michigan

Access to ample water supplies could make Michigan a climate refuge. But climate change also is creating more fierce Great Lakes region storms and more floods, and the consequences are not evenly distributed.


How the human life span doubled in 100 years

Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.

Cities are our best hope for surviving climate change

Humans will continue to flock to cities. And that's a good thing, because if we want to survive the next, much bigger crisis on the horizon, cities are our best bet.


A sweeping study shows how humans changed the environment over 12,000 years

Researchers find that humans have long occupied much of the planet — but only recently began to destroy it.


New research finds national reform vital for Jordan's worsening water crisis

Nearly all of Jordan's lower-income populations will suffer from severe water insecurity by the end of the century without immediate and comprehensive national reform, according to a Stanford University study.


Tom Whyman: How can I justify bringing new life into this terrible world?

In a time of COVID-19, climate change and catastrophe, having a baby is an act of radical hope.


While Asia wants a baby boom, Indonesia says enough is enough

Countries across Asia are trying everything from fertility tours to baby bonuses to spur population growth in an aging world. Not so in Indonesia.
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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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