Elon Musk warns of ‘population collapse’ – experts say he’s wrong in three ways

ELON Musk has long spoken about population collapse, but experts don’t necessarily agree with his predictions.

Billionaire Elon Musk holds onto the notion that the world population rate will soon drop to dangerous levels.

Billionaire Elon Musk holds onto the notion that the world population rate will soon drop to dangerous levels.

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Billionaire Elon Musk holds onto the notion that the world population rate will soon drop to dangerous levels.Photo credit: Getty

Just last week, SpaceX’s CEO tweeted, “Population collapse due to low birth rates is a far greater risk to civilization than global warming.”

And then again in January, Musk claimed that we “should be a lot more worried about population collapse” than we are right now.

He followed up with claims that we won’t be able to sustain a future civilization on Mars “if there aren’t enough humans for Earth.”

However, many experts don’t seem to agree with Musk’s prediction. Here’s why.

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The population numbers are increasing

May demographers say world population is growing contrary to Musk’s beliefs.

And while birth rates are falling in some parts of the world, the population rate is far from collapsed.

The world population is expected to reach 8 billion by mid-November, according to the United Nations.

And in 8 years, that population could grow to around 8.5 billion.

“He’s better off building cars and tech than predicting how the population will evolve,” Joseph Chamie, a consulting demographer and former director of the United Nations’ population division, told CNN this week.

“Yes, in some countries the population is declining, but for the world that’s just not the case.”

Fewer people are dying young

Another important factor to consider before getting upset about population collapse is that fewer people are dying young.

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Even if birth rates fall, this could be offset by the fact that global life expectancy has only increased in recent decades.

For example, global life expectancy was 72.8 years in 2019 – an increase of nine years since 1990.

And by 2050, global life expectancy is projected to increase to just 77.2 years.

The last century was an “anomaly”

When it comes to high population numbers, experts say we shouldn’t take the 20th century as a standard.

“This century has been the most impressive demographic century of all time. It had more gold medals than any other century,” Chamie said.

Thanks to advances in public health, more women and babies survived childbirth.

This led to the human population nearly quadrupling – a first in world history.

But as education becomes more accessible and contraception more readily available, birth rates have fallen — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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“Ultimately, with fewer births, we can expect less impact on our environment and perhaps slower climate change,” reports the Durango Herald.

“With smaller families, each child benefits from more time with their parents and more financial resources.”

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/6126667/elon-musk-warning-population-collapse-experts/ Elon Musk warns of ‘population collapse’ – experts say he’s wrong in three ways

Chris Barrese

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