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TotalFertilityByCountry1950To2010_UNDP2010RevisionWorldPopProspects

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Countries with dramatic drops in total fertility rates are linked to increased access to family planning and other reproductive rights, usually, but not always, along with improvements in mother and child health and female education. In contrast, countries in the same region which did not make similar efforts have higher fertility rates.  Original country comparisons source: Association for the Advancement of Science (atlas.aaas.org).  Updated data based on United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2011). World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision.

Data soruce: http://esa.un.org/wpp/JS-Charts/fert-births_0.htm

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About the author: Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and assistant director of climate research and analysis at UCS. She has expertise on many aspects of climate variability including Arctic Ocean and sea ice, wildfires, groundwater, and coastal erosion. She holds a Ph.D. in isotope geochemistry from Columbia University (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). See Brenda's full bio.

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