Isn't Earth's real threat at the moment overpopulation?

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Currently there are 7.2 Billionish people alive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_o...rying_capacity

Estimates put the population at 10 Billion by 2050 which according to max carrying capacity estimates of earth it is either:

A) Beyond it
B) Dangerously close to its maximum

All of this by 2050, then how are we going to make it to 2100?
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Don't worry about that, your probably dead by 2100.

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(Original post by Dumachi)
Currently there are 7.2 Billionish people alive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_o...rying_capacity

Estimates put the population at 10 Billion by 2050 which according to max carrying capacity estimates of earth it is either:

A) Beyond it
B) Dangerously close to its maximum

All of this by 2050, then how are we going to make it to 2100?
To date agricultural productivity has kept pace with population growth and food prices have fallen accordingly on a global scale, energy and water are not really problems related to population but income since the technologically exists to provide these things.

I'd be concerned about overpopulation in Africa right now but i dare say that everywhere else is fine.
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They'll probably be some sort of global epidemic to wipe out a good proportion of the population between now and then (something similar to the plague maybe?).

So not to worry!


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and our children..????
.....will get dragged into WWIII so that'll reduce the numbers significantly.
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There'll probably be a huge plague since we're all reaching the point of weakened immune systems due to living in an overly-clean environment. Not to worry.

Saying that, if I could press a button to delete half the world's population, I'd probably do it. It could save the rest of us.
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No. Overpopulation is not a problem and never will be. I suggest people who are worried to watch this documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz_kn45qIvI
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1. There has ALWAYS been enough food to feed the population, however it is unevenly distributed between the northern and southern hemisphere
2. Technological advances in agriculture have vastly increased, and will continue to increase, the global output of food; abandon your Malthusian ideologies
3. There are huge areas of land that is currently underutilised and could provide food for billions of people
4. Global birth rates are declining; slowing the rate of population growth
5. The entire population of the United States could fit into, and live in the state of New Hampshire (the 4th smallest state) at a population density of 30,000 people per km2 (the population density of Brooklyn); land availability is not an issue
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It's not just that there is overpopulation but rather that some areas are slowly becoming overpopulated with older age groups and underpopulated with young to mid age groups. In other words we are having fewer kids these days and the elderly are 'living' longer. So you have fewer tax payers going and more pensioners living on which forces everything to shift to a situation where the younger people who are active in employment etc have to pay more to keep things going.
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(Original post by ChocoCoatedLemons)
Saying that, if I could press a button to delete half the world's population, I'd probably do it. It could save the rest of us.
And I'm assuming you, your family, and your friends wouldn't be in the unlucky half...
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There was an interesting documentary on the BBC recently explaining the statistics and data covered by the world's expert epidemiologists. Lesser developed countries are steadily moving to reduce poverty and high infant mortality rates, while the birth rates per woman is declining as well. Predictions claimed that the population will soon reach it's peak and start levelling off. The topic of fossil fuel burning is also a major threat at the moment.

(Original post by the mezzil)
No. Overpopulation is not a problem and never will be. I suggest people who are worried to watch this documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz_kn45qIvI
This was it, thanks for posting
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(Original post by ChocoCoatedLemons)
There'll probably be a huge plague since we're all reaching the point of weakened immune systems due to living in an overly-clean environment. Not to worry.

Saying that, if I could press a button to delete half the world's population, I'd probably do it. It could save the rest of us.
:facepalm2: not a biology student I take it?
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(Original post by ChocoCoatedLemons)
There'll probably be a huge plague since we're all reaching the point of weakened immune systems due to living in an overly-clean environment. Not to worry.

Saying that, if I could press a button to delete half the world's population, I'd probably do it. It could save the rest of us.
LOL You need to be in the deleted half.
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Nope, it's greed.
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(Original post by ChocoCoatedLemons)
There'll probably be a huge plague since we're all reaching the point of weakened immune systems due to living in an overly-clean environment. Not to worry.

Saying that, if I could press a button to delete half the world's population, I'd probably do it. It could save the rest of us.
Do you know how medicine works?
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and our children..????
lol they are the problem according to you....
Don't have any (or have one)
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I'd say it's either Crocs, Paul's Boutique or slug eyebrows.
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(Original post by the mezzil)
No. Overpopulation is not a problem and never will be. I suggest people who are worried to watch this documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz_kn45qIvI
(Original post by michaelhaych)
1. There has ALWAYS been enough food to feed the population, however it is unevenly distributed between the northern and southern hemisphere
2. Technological advances in agriculture have vastly increased, and will continue to increase, the global output of food; abandon your Malthusian ideologies
3. There are huge areas of land that is currently underutilised and could provide food for billions of people
4. Global birth rates are declining; slowing the rate of population growth
5. The entire population of the United States could fit into, and live in the state of New Hampshire (the 4th smallest state) at a population density of 30,000 people per km2 (the population density of Brooklyn); land availability is not an issue
This. Overpopulation is not a threat and will not be. I've read somewhere that when it would reach around 11 billion there will be natural causes/reasons for it to fall back again, so it's not like it's going to keep rising beyond that.
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Overpopulation is not a threat to the the Earth, not even a little bit. The Earth will carry on spinning round the Sun regardless.

It really is just another demonstration of humanity's limitless arrogance when you say 'Earth' but really mean 'Humans'.
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There's some interesting literature about this subject actually that says by 2100 the human population will be in equilibrium at about 10 billion. This BBC article and video talks about it quite nicely: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24835822

Basically we're going to be having less children - the increase in the number of children has already slowed down and is nearing equilibrium.

So I wouldn't worry too much about it, I'm sure it'll be fine
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