Francis Kirkham’s letter (Letters, Issue 316) makes some points that need answering. It is certainly true that population growth is no longer exponential, and that fertility rates are falling. Those facts are welcome but misleading. Francis correctly states that birth rates have fallen from 5 births per woman in 1965 to fewer than 2.5 in 2017, but this ignores the fact that in 1965 population was 3.324 billion and in 2017 it was 7.511 billion (World Bank figures). If those figures are right, population growth at the later date is actually greater than the earlier date, ...


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