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Hans Rosling

Director, Gapminder Foundation

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What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"?

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  • Mar 23 2011: As an Indian, living in my country, I cannot but agree more about the wasteful ways of the prosperous and also about them having no right to lecture to the poor about reducing energy use. However, they certainly have every right to lecture the poor about unchecked population growth which Hans also atributes the increased energy use to. If the 10 billion people on Earth, in 2050, were all able to achieve their aspiration to consume as an average American does today, technology would need to improve energy efficiencies by a factor of twelve only to keep our GHG emissions to their current levels. Indian politicians - and Arab ones too - will do nothing about this great menace of unchecked population growth. Hats off to the Chinese leadership who have been successful in this respect.
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      Mar 23 2011: Hats off to the Chinese leadership who have been successful in this respect.

      I live in Taiwan, which is culturally very similar to China but ruled by a different group of people. There has never been a one-child policy here, in fact the government offers incentives to people to have children - because the birth rate is actually lower that China's.

      All across the developed world, educated wealthy people are choosing not to have babies. Poor people, on the other hand, are driving population growth upwards. I guess one solution would be to use force to punish people for having babies. Another would be to help them reach a level of development where they can make the choice on their own.

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