USA births and deaths

I like this graph from “The Changing Demographic Profile of the United States” by Laura B. Shrestha and Elayne J. Heisler, a Congressional Research Service report in 2011.

The future projection is enlightening. Regarding the past, I knew already that for decades U.S. births have greatly exceeded deaths, despite forty years of having a […]

History of overpopulation concern in USA

This short video from PBS looks back to a time (in the 1960s and 1970s) when many Americans had economic and ecological concerns about “overpopulation” in the USA and overseas. It suggests that early efforts to make family planning easily accessible were scuppered by a mix of contrarians including big-business interests that saw population growth […]