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Birth rates down 40%: Birth rates have gone down in every country in the world. In 1950 birth rates were 37 per 1000, in 2000 they are 22 per 1000.(4)
Population growth rate slows to 1.18%: Human population grew at the rate of 0.04% from 1 AD to 1650 AD, rising with technological and medical advances to an all-time high of 2.1% between 1965 and 1970. In the early 1990s, the annual average dropped to 1.6%.(5) In 2002 the population growth rate dropped to 1.18— the lowest it has been since rates peaked.(6)
Average global fertility fell from 5.3 to 3.0 births per woman between 1960 and 2005.
originally posted by: grandmakdw
But the population alarmists would rather see it happen quickly through "other" means. If I remember correctly there was a prominent scientist who a few years ago recommended Ebola as a means to achieve it.
In 2006, I was honored by the Texas Academy of Science, whose members bestowed upon me the title of "Distinguished Scientist". In accepting this fine award, I gave a keynote address on "The Vanishing Book of Life on Earth" (a pdf of the text of my speech is posted on line here). Most of my talk was an appeal for respect of endangered species and natural habitats, and I deplored the all too common anthropocentric attitude among many humans that we are above nature and that we can do whatever we want with natural habitats and other species. I compared the brainless runaway population growth of humans to bacteria growing exponentially on an agar plate. To underscore my point, I said that "we are no better than bacteria!" What this means, I pointed out, is that if we humans cannot find the will to control our own populations, microbes will do it for us. I concluded by discussing possible microbial agents and dismissed HIV as too slow, then suggested that something that killed fast like the Ebola virus might be our fate. I received a standing ovation by the audience of several hundred scientists after my talk, but a couple people with sour faces remained seated and did not applaud. These guys turned out to be creationists.
originally posted by: Indigent
Current fertility rates:
Death er 1k people:
originally posted by: grandmakdw
a reply to: nukedog
I read a copy of the transcript itself, not what he said, he said.
He actually did suggest Ebola as a way to reduce population, however, it may not have been what he intended to say, but it was what he said.
I thought about posting links to proofs of my previous post and a link to the actual transcript of what he said. However, the Mods have warned me not to copy and paste the same stuff I posted before, seems I tend to trot out the same proofs and quotations over and over. However, they are the best proofs and I have no desire to spend another hour and waste my time finding "new" proofs. So locate a transcript of the actual speech and you will see what he actually said (even if it was a Freudian slip on his part)
originally posted by: JimTSpock
a reply to: grandmakdw
Yes I agree with that. I think it is in fact the beginning of the end for the human race and according to current data and trends will actually die out by about 2200 to 2500. Then the monkeys or whoever can take over. lol.
By the time our population densities reach their peak, we may have space travel licked.