A British medical journal recently published an article urging the use of population control as a way of reducing global warming. The journal Lancet indicated that family planning, or birth control, should be a major addition to the current treatments of global warming.
By the year 2050, the human population on the planet is expected to jump to 9 billion. The current world population is just under 7 billion people. Of the more than two billion more people expected to be inhabiting this earth in only 40 years, 90 percent of the individuals are expected to be from developing nations.
According to the journal, over 200 million women around the world are interested in various birth control methods but do not have access to them. Due to this lack of access, it is estimated that at least 76 million unplanned pregnancies occur each year just from these 200 million women.
The journal indicates that with increased access to contraception it could slow the population growth, especially in developing nations which have lesser access to these controls. The article stated: “There is now an emerging debate and interest about the links between population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and climate change.”
Past studies have found that once regions are given access to family planning or contraception, the average size of families decreases in only one generation. The journal Lancet also noted a recent study involving the very topic, which found that over one ton of carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced per $7 worth of family planning. This is estimated to be five times less expensive than other proposed methods of emission reduction.