reply to post by bugs_n_recovery
That's the way to do it!
Now we're being constructive!
I don't mean mass-migration in the way you seem to think i mean it (although if things get out of hand...), but in the way that ensures that we are
using the planet to it's full potential.
Right now, i'd hazard a guess that this planet can accomodate for nearly double
what it currently accomodates, making that total figure about
14 billion - if
we use the planet's space in a proper manner.
As such, we still have a reasonable amount of time in which to address the situation.
I'd give us another 40 to 50 years from now for us to attain that total, depending on what happens during that time.
So then, in order to attain that extended time period, we have to discuss possible locations for mass-migrations.
The thing is; There are man-made locations that we could create, thus ensuring we don't have to worry about the petty foreign policy issues - OR the
population issue for many, many centuries to come, include subterrainian cities (which could infact increase the total number by well over 20 billion
if done right i.e; we find a way to deal with earthquakes), underwater cities (a further 5 billion), and perhaps even a proper investment in orbital
platforms (Which, if done correctly, could accomodate for astronomical
total population figures).
Our technology can
show us the way out of this mess, if we put our faith in it.
As it is, if we do not look for technological alternatives, we will reach critical mass in 40 years.
It may well be the case that war is not the greatest way for technological acheivements to occur.
[edit on 6-7-2008 by Anti-Tyrant]