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The Batlord 09-29-2019 09:18 PM

Nah man give money to slick business weasels with catchy Ted Talks.

OccultHawk 09-29-2019 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Frownland (Post 2080945)
She's to be taken seriously. Overpopulation is clearly an integral component of climate change but the move towards minimizing our destructive habits is a valuable one. Something is better than nothing.

Reasonable. I’d be more happy to chill with this perspective if overpopulation wasn’t treated like a taboo.

grindy 09-30-2019 01:14 AM

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Originally Posted by elphenor (Post 2080986)
actually we should hang all these people for the false hope

we will not be saved by anything but reducing pollution

science has told us the solution is stop polluting

You misspelled 'population'.

Mindfulness 09-30-2019 02:51 PM


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Anteater 09-30-2019 03:53 PM


Mattapoisett-based researchers study plastic-eating bacteria

jwb 09-30-2019 04:36 PM

Overpopulation is an overblown problem imo

DwnWthVwls 09-30-2019 04:45 PM

Dont tell OH that.. He'll murder you irl.

jwb 09-30-2019 04:53 PM

The pollution problem can be addressed through cleaner technology

The natural trend in terms of population growth is that rates of childbirth slow down significantly once a country is fully industrialized

The places where overpopulation is an actual serious problem are not yet at this stage. But IIRC the prediction is that global population will plateau around 9 billion or so, which in itself isn't an unsustainable number, assuming we can get the cleaner technology required to cut down in pollution and improve our farming methods to make them less damaging

Lisnaholic 09-30-2019 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by jwb (Post 2081064)
The pollution problem can be addressed through cleaner technology

The natural trend in terms of population growth is that rates of childbirth slow down significantly once a country is fully industrialized

The places where overpopulation is an actual serious problem are not yet at this stage. But IIRC the prediction is that global population will plateau around 9 billion or so, which in itself isn't an unsustainable number, assuming we can get the cleaner technology required to cut down in pollution and improve our farming methods to make them less damaging

It's not hard to be misled by a statistic - it's happened to me enough times and may even be happening to me now.

A reducing birthrate sounds quite comforting, but the net number of births worldwide keeps going up, which kind of negates the good news. This isn't the precise maths, but I hope it shows the paradox behind a dwindling birthrate statistic:-

If Adam and Eve had 2 kids, they doubled the world pop in a generation. (Adam + Eve + 2= 4). Now we have 7 billion, so even if every married couple has only 1 kid (= "reducing birthrate"), that's still another 3.5 billion in one generation, which takes us way off the scale of this graph:-

http://www.worldpopulationbalance.or...line-large.gif

I'm afraid I'm not convinced that this exponential growth is going to plateau any time soon.

Anteater 09-30-2019 06:06 PM

Food production methods aren't just limited to farming though. They could build dozens of those greenhouse skyscrapers out in the middle of all that empty space in Montana and grow enough food for hundreds of millions of people just there.


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