New York Times: Children Bad for Environment


Kate Galbraith
The New York Times
August 7, 2009

[efoods]Having children is the surest way to send your carbon footprint soaring, according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University.

The study found that having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors.

Take, for example, a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy-saving models. If she had two children, the researchers found, her carbon legacy would eventually rise to nearly 40 times what she had saved by those actions.

ā€œClearly, the potential savings from reduced reproduction are huge compared to the savings that can be achieved by changes in lifestyle,ā€ the report states.

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