A recent study conducted by a worldwide assembly of scientists and researchers has shown that climate change can bring change in a human’s level of fertility. They have found out that the effects brought by climate change to the economy can cause a significant transformation on human potency since people determine the time and wealth that they can allocate to bear a child. They also must consider whether they should use these resources to either bear new offspring or just use them to bring a brighter future to their existing children.

Rich vs poor countries

To make this research viable, the researchers worked on a quantitative model that combines the average economic-demographic assumption with the approximated economic outcomes that climate change can bring. The model inspects the entirely different markets of Switzerland and Colombia. This will show how the disparity among locations and economic capability of the two different nations would affect the demographic effects of climate change of a certain country.

The end results

According to the research’s head author, Dr. Gregory Casey of Williams College in Massachusetts, the rise of temperature being experienced worldwide causes a big difference between agricultural and non-agricultural industries. Climate change has a bigger adverse effect on agriculture in poorer nations. These countries are usually located near the equator.

This, in return, leads to a shortage of agricultural products, skyrocketing prices and salaries, and, lastly, rationalization of the workforce. And because farming needs lesser skilled labor, the model shows that climate change triggered a decrease in obtaining skills. This causes parents to spend in much lesser resources and give priority to the education of their children. Also, an increase in their potency has been observed.

However, at upper latitudes, where wealthier nations can be found, there is a decrease in potency and increased learning. This is in contrast with those in tropical countries where there is an increase in potency but a decrease in education.