Falling Fertility.   The Economist has an article (and more info here) about fertility declines in developing countries.  Here's a nice graphic with a cute baby:


"In the 1970s only 24 countries had fertility rates of 2.1 or less, all of them rich. Now there are over 70 such countries...Why has fertility fallen so fast, so widely? Malthus himself thought richer people would have more children and, as any biologist will tell you, animal populations increase when there is more food around."  A good answer to this follows.  Plus,  here's another fabulous graph:

posted October 31, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.


Famine in North Korea.  The New Yorker (November 2, 2009) has an article about famine in North Korea.

posted October 31, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.