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Fred Pearce - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart [VIDEO]
Fred Pearce says the world population will stabilize soon because women are having fewer children
Originally posted by Whiffer Nippets
The world IS overpopulated!
The problem, the biggest danger involved here is not enough fresh water!!!
Let me repeat that:
NOT ENOUGH FRESH WATER!!!
There are disputes over water now.
You can read all about water shortages on the net. This info is available for anyone to see.
I could cram 10,000 plants into my house - but if I have no water - the plants will die.
It's the same thing with over population. People need drinking water. People need food which needs water to grow.
Desalinate ocean water? Its stupid expensive and you can't just keep taking that water either - you'll foul up the weather.
There is a LIMITED supply of fresh water and we are running out now.
There are too many people here now, we do not need to keep expanding.
Read here about how one the largest US underground aquifers is running dry...
Largest Aquifer in the US is Running Dry
This is NOT good news folks and it's happening all over the world.
We are running out of fresh water.
Some books I've read which others might find interesting:
Water Wars - by Diane Raines Ward
Water Follies - by Robert Glennon
Also reading a book right now about global food waste - this is called:
Waste -by Tristram Stuart. Pretty interesting so far. In a depressing sort of way.
I have to go on about these things, I studied Environmental Science in school. It is no joke. The cold hard facts are out there for all to see.
Please do not write this entire subject off as "Tree Hugging". That's just a silly stereotype used to piss people off, sway them in the other direction.
This is serious business here, everything from global issues to whether or not there is Asbestos in your child's school.
There are only so many resources to go around and what we do affects others. People don't really realize this though, until something happens in their back yard.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Earth can hold roughly 300 billion people without harming the environment.
Notice I said "without harming the environment".
We just need better technology really. And more open minds.
300 billion is my rough estimate of Earth's population capacity. It may go upwards to 600billion but it's difficult to gauge because not all land mass is arable.
But remember we can build underwater cities. Land isn't the only place to live.
Do you have any idea how much real estate exists under the ocean waves???
Originally posted by NoHierarchy
And while some foggy projections state that we'll "level off" at this or that number, the fact still remains we have grossly EXCEEDED the long-term carrying capacity of the planet.
I can't believe people here don't think over population is an issue. Not to mention the drastically aging population - this is going to have big effects in the next 2 or so decades.