Episode 4 – Does the world have too many people? Part 4 – Implications of changing population structures

By Haroon Akram-Lodhi

There are many who believe that climate change is closely intertwined with the population of the planet, and that the two together will have mutually-reinforcing negative consequences for human capabilities. In fact, the world’s population structure is changing, but in ways that throw up a surprising set of challenges that are not obvious.

What are the consequences of the changes that we are seeing in the structure of the planet’s population?