Do you have grandchildren yet? If so, congratulations. If not, the odds have become higher that you might never become a grandparent.

One important reason: climate change.

According to this report from PBS Next Avenue, more adults of child-bearing age are opting not to have kids: “At least some of our adult children — maybe more than we realize — say worries about a world disrupted by a hotter climate are causing them to rethink having children. Some have named these reluctant Millennials ‘baby doomers.'”

There are multiple factors behind a declining birth rate, but the Next Avenue report cites increasing concern about climate catastrophe among prospective parents as a warning signal. Another reason that your odds of being a grandparent will worsen is the negative effect of higher temperatures on human fertility.


Further reading:
Why Climate Change Might Keep You From Becoming a Grandparent
NextAvenue.org
July 12, 2017


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