With the world population now 7 billion, is it now unsustainable and what can we do about it?
Two fastest growing economies are the countries with the highest population.
what can we do about it?
is it now unsustainable?
Indians and Chinese are not dying of hunger. There is a poverty, but it depends on how you define it.
It is unsustainable; the world's stock of food is crashing. Fish & other sea food is on the brink. Tuna is now so over harvested that it will likely become extinct in the very near future, wild salmon as well along with many other species.
Overfishing is resulting in algae blooms which are in turn triggering jellyfish blooms which will devour the fry of fish that do manage to breed. This is already a big problem off Japan and it is spreading.
In Africa fish harvest is down over 70% from a decade ago. They have decimated wild game and many species are barely hanging on. Look at the size of the seasonal migration masses.
There will be a massive reduction in population by some means in the near future. But it is hard to say what form it will come in.
China is trying to reduce their population with the one child law. For many years it really only applied to the poor more urban Chinese. There was an allotment for peasant farmers in the countryside and the rich just paid a fine. But they have moved to remedy this and make it apply to everyone now.
Americans would be wise to go and live in an overpopulated country before encouraging further immigration, it isn't a pretty picture.
The US reached ZPG in 1998 at 220 million. there are now 320 million and the growth has been entirely through immigration.
The planet can sustain about 1/2 of what we have in theory. But that would be assuming that the resources exist that did when we passed the 3 billion mark, that isn't going to happen.
Did you know? The world needs to go vegetarian. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef, while it take 250 gallons of water to produce a pound of corn.
I think the world is far from unsustainable, the issue is that there's too much greed in this world. There are the so-called global elite who would love to see half of the world's population disappear. The amount of people isn't a problem, it's the evil selfish greed. What we can do to make the world more sustainable is care about one another and I'm not talking about world peace, I'm just saying people are careless as seen with some of the "black friday" shoppers.
Anyone who thinks that we can maintain such a population is a fool. I don't care if everyone starts eating leaves and driving hydrogen-powered magic carpets...it is unsustainable. Human beings have never and will never be able to live in balance with their ecosystem. This planet will be around long after we are all dead and gone and the balance will be restored. The Earth has been around for 4.5 Billion years. We are basically a short-term disease here. One day we will be gone and everything will go back to normal.
Unsustainable and can get worse than that. Earth only has so much resources for people. Also, some people have access to too much resources while others are dying for not having anything at all. What can we do about it? Birth control, responsible sexual intercourse, helping people who are in need, and protecting the environment. It's no rocket science really but it's something that's difficult to do.
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