Will Climate Change Actually Start a Baby Boom?
Common sense tells us that climate change will cause reduced fertility. Or does it?
Dire climate reports are piling up, making one thing increasingly clear: We’re about to lose a lot to climate change. One million plant and animal species will be at risk of extinction. Rising sea levels will drown coastal cities. Even our beer won’t be safe. And some economists think humans will see a drop in fertility, too.
But a new study, published May 3 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, says that might not be true.
Instead, fertility—defined in an economic context as the number of children families choose to have—could actually increase near the equator, the researchers suggest.