In my most recent article, I shed light on how changing demographics can lead to a change in climate. More specifically, climate change can be affected by ageing population, declining household size and urbanisation. Slowing population growth can contribute a 16-29% cut in our 2050 emissions target – this brings the question of how policies targeted at family planning and fertility rates can mitigate climate change. I will begin with a broad overview of how climate change relates to human emissions, funnelling down to considerations of birth control and female education.
The intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) in its special report on emission scenarios (SRES) attempted to predict increases in global surface temperature under different social, economic and demographic conditions. Broadly speaking, they identified a group of scenarios to capture and generalise future climate change in different conditions.