A declining population would in fact be good news for a planet stretched to the limit for natural resources. What we are not using up at a furious pace we are spoiling with piggy, self-centered, and greedy environmental practices.The big dog in the room of course is global warming. Now that really is crapping in our own nest.
The best analogy I have ever heard for global warming is that the earth has a fever and the bug sickening it this time around is mankind itself. We are the virus!
And what does our body do when it has a virus or a flu? Turn up the temperature to burn the sucker out! We can take that same analogy to answer the questions: What is global warming? Is it planet earth raising its own body temperature to combat its human-virus?
Could Earth's Population Peak in 2050?
ATLANTIC CITIES - In 2011, the United Nations population division predicted a global population of 10.1 billion by 2100, an increase of nearly 50 percent from the earth's current population of 7 billion. In the U.N. models, only the low-fertility curve showed the possibility for population decline in the 21st century.
But scientists at the Autonomous University of Madrid and CEU-San Pablo University say their estimates, developed by using techniques from high-level physics to analyze UN population data between 1950 and the present, match that low-fertility curve. That path, indicated with boxes in the graph below, shows global population peaking in 2050 slightly above eight billion, and then falling back to 6.2 billion by the end of the century, the same as the total world population back in 2000.
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So the race is on. Clean up our act. Reduce consumption. Or expire. For the spiritually and environmentally-minded, this means "Become good stewards of the land". For spoiled teenage-minded adults, it's "cleanup your room or no supper for you young species".
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