Fears of Global Population Boom Overblown

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People, mostly youngsters, walk through Takeshita Dori near Harajuku train station in Japan on Sunday April 1 2012.
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According to a United Nations estimate, the global population is expected to balloon to 10 billion by the year 2100, which has naturally caused people to worry. The U.S. has long feared overpopulation, particularly as Baby Boomers began to come of age in the 1960s.

President Lyndon B. Johnson weighed in on the issue at the time, promising to find a solution.

“I will seek new ways to use our knowledge to help deal with the explosion in world population,” President Johnson said.

And President Richard Nixon campaigned on the issue in 1968, saying, “Our cities are going to be choked with people, they're going to be choked with traffic, they're gonna be choked with crime.”

We heard from Stephen Emmott just this week about his fears of overpopulation and the impact on the future. But not everyone is buying it.

Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and the author of “Population 10 Billion.”

He says these fears are overblown and that we shouldn't be panicking. We should be more worried about the population decline that will set in after we reach 10 billion.