Blog Post Examines Potential Impacts Of Climate Change On Population Growth, Reproductive Goals

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Climate Change Will Likely Influence Fertility Rates
Brian Thiede, assistant professor of rural sociology, sociology, and demography at Pennsylvania State University, writes, “So far, relatively little is known about whether and how the reproductive goals and behaviors of women and their partners may be influenced by a changing climate. However, a number of recent empirical studies offer evidence of such effects, underscoring the multidimensional ways that households modify their structure and activities in response to changing environmental conditions. The effects also highlight the complex and interactive linkages between population growth rates and climate change…” (9/16).