It's safe to say the world would take notice — but the effects of such a mass disappearance would depend on where [these people] were concentrated.
"With a population of about 7 billion and aiming now to go somewhere in the vicinity of 9 billion, 200 million is not very big," said Paul Ehrlich, a professor at Stanford University's Center for Conservation Biology and author of "The Population Bomb" (Sierra Club-Ballantine, 1968). "It's roughly three years of growth."
The disappearance of 200 million people would be almost quadruple the number of those who die each year, which according to CIA World Factbook numbers, comes to about 56.6 million. It would dwarf the 230,000-plus death toll of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Even the single deadliest day in history, the Shaanxi earthquake in 1556 that killed an estimated 830,000 people in China, would pale in comparison. One of the most devastating loses of human life in history, the Black Death or bubonic plague, may have killed up to 200 million people — in a century. (*emphasis mine)
But spread across the globe today, the disappearance of 200 million people (roughly 3 percent of the world's population) might not have major ecological impacts, Ehrlich told LiveScience. On the other hand, if [they] were concentrated in America, the effect would be huge, he said.
"Two hundred million fewer Americans would have a big impact on the globe as a whole," Ehrlich said.
That's because Americans consume a disproportionate amount of global resources, Ehrlich said. As of 2009, for example, the United States consumed about 25 percent of the world's petroleum despite boasting only about 5 percent of the world's population.
A loss of two-thirds of the American population would also have a large effect on U.S. environmental policy, Ehrlich said, though what that would mean for the planet depends on who [disappears]. If those left behind were mostly climate-change believers, Ehrlich said, you might see renewed support for greenhouse gas reduction. Likewise, the urban/rural split of those left behind might alter society. If urbanites were more likely to get taken, Ehrlich said, you might see a return to medium-size farms rather than industrial agriculture designed to bring massive amounts of food to areas that grow little of their own.
But perhaps the most daunting challenge after the disappearance of 200 million people would be the psychological one.
No economic model can account for the loss of friends and family members, said Brooks.
"People need social connectedness," said Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Even after Hurricane Katrina, he said, residents who stayed in New Orleans reported a loss of community closeness, because so many people decided not to return. Cities like Galveston, Texas, which lost 15 percent of its population after Hurricane Ike hit in 2008, still struggle with abandoned buildings and the loss of the tax base.
Originally posted by zroth
2300 per day go missing in the USA alone.
missing does not mean gone from the rock.
Originally posted by autowrench
I assume the OP is referring to a rapture event here. In that case, with all of the Fundamental Christians gone from Earth, well then! The rest of us would have our pick of their homes and possessions, cars, and so on. And the really good thing would be all of the Jobs that would not be open. Some of the rest of us could have a job now. The Churches could be turned into night clubs, live Rock music and the best of whiskey, plenty of room for dancing. Best of all no more early morning knocks on the door from people trying to save our souls.
Despite the subject matter of the article's commentary, I wanted to share the science behind the sudden disappearance of 200 million people & how that would affect our current population and environment.
So, aside from the doomsday subject matter of the article I thought the commentary was interesting and worth sharing.
Originally posted by CrazyBear
200nillion people die every year?? or maybe less i dont friggin know the numbers okay?
but alot of people die every year...rather more people die from natural causes than wars