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Originally Posted by Vman455
Edit: my argument being that we have made no progress on controlling our population growth, which is clear when you look at absolute numbers rather than percentage growth rate.

You are welcome to look at it anyway you like.
If we agree or not.
I see a reduced % rate of growth as progress in the correction direction.
The absolute numbers rate you describe is only a larger magnitude (same direction) rate of reduced % growth rate .. for any size population.
% growth rate = absolute number gain / total population
For Example:
100 @ 1% growth rate = 101 = gain of absolute +1
101 @ (1/101)% growth rate = 102 = gain of same absolute +1
102 @ (1/102)% growth rate = 103 = gain of same absolute +1
etc ... etc...
100 @ 10% growth rate = 110 = gain of absolute +10
110 @ (10/110)% growth rate = gain of same absolute +10
etc ... etc.
Same thing give you what you describe for any size population .. or any magnitude of rate of (absolute growth)
For the rate of % growth to be at this rate of reducing you ask for ... the total net today of about 1/3 the previous % growth rate .. instead of the ~1/2 previous % growth rate we did ... ie you want 'faster progress' in order to reach the rate of progress you want to call progress.
Ironically ... without the ~30% increased life expectancy .. we would have reduced the % growth rate faster and further to 1/4 .. more progress than the rate of % growth reduction you are asking for (1/3).