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March 03, 2011, 04:42:54 PM
To emphasize this divisive situation, Green placed a poster outside of his office on the fifth floor of the Auditorium Building that reads, "Whatever's your cause, it's a lost cause unless we control population."

The saying did not originate with Green, but with Paul R. Ehrlich who coined the phrase in "Paul Ehrlich and the Population Bomb," a PBS video based on his book "The Population Explosion."

The world is having difficulty providing food for its entire population as it stands. Green believes the food exists to provide nourishment every man, woman and child, for now.


Earth may be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction on the scale of the apocalyptic event that wiped out the dinosaurs, a study claims.

The researchers say that unless action is taken now to reverse the harmful effects of human activity on eco-systems, a full-blown mass extinction could occur within a few centuries.

Recovery from such an event, which could eradicate more than three-quarters of all life on Earth, may then take millions of years.


Time to cull.

May 04, 2011, 01:22:14 PM
The world’s population is likely to grow to 10.1 billion by the end of this century, from the current total of about 7 billion, according to the first United Nations forecast for the year 2100.

The projection has “serious implications” for the ability to provide food, water, energy, education and employment for millions of people in the world’s poorest nations, according to Hania Zlotnick, director of the population division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which released the report today in New York.

“Much of this increase is projected to come from the high- fertility countries, which comprise 39 countries in Africa, nine in Asia, six in Oceania and four in Latin America,” the report said.

The UN presented three scenarios, including a less likely “high projection variant” that foresees an increase in the world population to 10.6 billion in 2050 and 15.8 billion in 2100. The lowest projection, also considered unlikely, is based on a reduction in the global birth rate and foresees a decline in the world population to 6.2 billion in 2100.


My estimate is 12-14 billion by 2100, most under 89 IQ points.

May 04, 2011, 03:32:33 PM
This is depressing as fuck. Human biology is to blame.

Re: Overpopulation
May 05, 2011, 10:00:39 AM
Human biology is to blame.

Yes, homo sapiens as we know them are most likely an evolutionary dead end.  Though that's very pessimistic, I feel it's also likely that the best of us will have the prerequisite physical fitness as well as the creativity to survive the coming mass extinction, quickly evolving to fit the new conditions, thus becoming a new and better species. 

Re: Overpopulation
May 05, 2011, 10:25:53 AM
I agree, this is one of the worst problems.

Some idiots claimed that there is still room for a lot more people, that all the population in the world today would fit only in the united states, etc... But the impact of overpopulation on the planet and society damages everything.

We use totally unecessary stuff like TV's, microwaves, etc. that should end too. I hate those things. Cell phones may have saved lives but I think it is not good for the brain.

Re: Overpopulation
May 05, 2011, 03:52:46 PM
Maybe the theory that we are just super predators that come along every once in a while self destruct and re-set the ecosystems is right after all.

Re: Overpopulation
February 01, 2012, 05:50:48 PM
In a grim warning about the earth's increasing demand for resources, a panel led by the presidents of Finland and South Africa found demand will grow exponentially as the global population rises from 7 billion people to an expected 9 billion by 2040.

Within the next 20 years the world's population will need 50 per cent more food and vast new reserves of energy and water, according to UN estimates.

The report warns a failure to secure resources will condemn up to 3 billion people to poverty.

Billed as a blueprint for sustainability, the report urges governments to embrace green energy technologies and cut back on the use of non-renewable resources.


Cutting back on the two thirds of humanity who would better function as reforestation mulch than behaving as bipedal termites for life is politically out of bounds. Or, why our leftist values foundation means well toward the many but still results in catastrophe for all.

Re: Overpopulation
February 01, 2012, 06:05:15 PM
I don't buy the over population arguments.  I think they are well intentioned, but misguided in their goals.

The high population is due to the stagnation of the people.  Rather than looking after their own interestes, defending farm land and a reliance on comfort building technology, people live long on diets of drugs that sustain their meaningless lives, and then they breed and pass on a culture of stagnation. 

The threat to the world is not the population (they could all fit in Texas comfortably), but rather the wasteful activities of that stagnent nation and the demands they put on business.  Stop supporting losers (broken record) and the population will either live within their means or perish in their inability to provide for themselves. 

The ones who live will be fewer in number, but the quality of their character will be higher.

Re: Overpopulation
February 01, 2012, 07:14:37 PM
Overpopulation is a side effect of having a global its-not-their-fault attitude which circumvents learning of hard lessons and resulting changing of behaviour. We can see our own diseased culture of social climbing through the Other's dependency on endless imported pity which never really solves the problems (it isn't meant to - it is meant for social climbing). The epicenter of this ethics retardation is in the liberal left value system found in the modern day West.

Re: Overpopulation
February 01, 2012, 08:16:28 PM
I love how some people think that our problems would be solved if they (who is they?) would just "fix the problem of distribution of resources, then everything would be okay!".


Re: Overpopulation
February 01, 2012, 08:24:06 PM
There are probably no magic bullets, but a more "natural selection" style distribution of resources would alleviate a lot of the problems. We are not looking for a single solution, but a cascade of them. Each one makes the situation better and provides a platform upon which more change can be built.

Re: Overpopulation
February 01, 2012, 08:32:03 PM
For visitors expecting to see China's largest freshwater lake, Poyang is a desolate spectacle. Under normal circumstances it covers 3,500 sq km, but last month only 200 sq km were underwater. A dried-out plain stretches as far as the eye can see, leaving a pagoda perched on top of a hillock that is usually a little island. Wrapped in the mist characteristic of the lower reaches of the Yangtze river, the barges are moored close to the quayside beside a pitiful trickle of water. There is no work for the fisheries.

According to the state news agency Xinhua, the drought – the worst for 60 years – is due to the lack of rainfall in the area round Poyang and its tributaries. Poor weather conditions this year are partly responsible. But putting the blame on them overlooks the role played by the colossal Three Gorges reservoir, 500km upstream. The cause and effect is still not officially recognised, even if the government did admit last May that the planet's biggest dam had given rise to "problems that need to be solved very urgently".


Growth and change do not cause prosperity as modern mythology would have it, but they may be symptoms of thriving taking place or having taken place. Again, our liberal/democratic/capitalist/socialist values transformed into ruling policy are gradually misleading us all to our detriment. Yep, it's that IQ and equality thing again assuming everyone is about as competent as anyone else at any pursuit as long as they are socially acceptable and tolerant people - prime virtues.

Re: Overpopulation
April 25, 2012, 12:28:43 PM
By 2050, Africa’s population will double from 1 billion to 2 billion people. Where today the six most populous Islamic nations — Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria and Turkey — have a combined population of 885 million, by 2050 their populations will have increased by 475 million to 1.36 billion.


Re: Overpopulation
April 25, 2012, 02:01:38 PM
Well that's encouraging.
Are those numbers with, or without the foreign aid we dole out?

Re: Overpopulation
April 25, 2012, 02:14:31 PM
Stuff like this makes me not want to have kids in the future.