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The Population Bomb

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:17 am

Overpopulated and
Underfed: Countries
Near a Breaking Point

By BILL MARSH JUNE 15, 2017

Mass migration, starvation, civil unrest: Overpopulation unites all of these. Many nations’ threadbare economies, unable to cope with soaring births, could produce even greater waves of refugees beyond the millions already on the move to neighboring countries or the more prosperous havens of Europe. The population crisis is especially acute in Africa, as Eugene Linden writes in the accompanying article, but it spans the globe, from Central America to Asia.

A slowly unfolding catastrophe, told in five charts.
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A portion of the Makoko district of Lagos, Nigeria, a vast slum built partly over the Lagos Lagoon. Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto, via Getty Images
1. Dire Predictions Were Mostly Right

Humanity has grown as expected since the warnings about global overpopulation of the 1960s. Decades of United Nations projections for the year 2000 came within 3 percent of the actual total, making the U.N.’s 9.7 billion prediction for 2050 both credible and alarming.

2. The Malthusian Moment Postponed

The Green Revolution and globalization brought food and jobs to soaring populations. Those events, and the declining rate of global population growth, camouflage today’s situation: the rise in absolute numbers of people, with millions more at risk when things go awry. Thomas Malthus, the population theorist of the 18th and 19th centuries, predicted such calamities if the world’s population grew unchecked.

Current growth adds the population equivalent of a new Iran or Germany every year.

3. The Reckoning Arrives

Fast-rising populations degrade economic and agricultural resiliency; add a recession or drought and the human consequences magnify.

In many countries, the population of desperately impoverished has grown to far exceed their total population as of 1970. When conditions worsen, the numbers stricken are staggering, and Malthusian concerns come back with a vengeance.
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Grammatron » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:32 am

I guess this is what it was like in the 1980's when everyone was feeling sad about the rains down in Africa.

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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Doctor X » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:00 am

Grammatron wrote:I guess this is what it was like in the 1980's when everyone was feeling sad about the rains down in Africa.
Still, he would meet Rosanna all the way.

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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:16 am

What again? ;)

Does this mean they're running out of new climate change narrative so they hark back to the good old days?

Make Room Make Room by Harry Harrison (the movie Soylent Green was based on this book) was set in 1999. :coolspecs:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:18 am

Oh I get it.

It's really really a crisis this time because it's schwartzers. :BigGrin3:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:19 am

IIRC, we were all going to starve by 1975. The NYT said so. :lmao:
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by ed » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:36 am

Well, I am sure that Europe will take in all that is necessary.
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Post by Witness » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:07 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Does this mean they're running out of new climate change narrative so they hark back to the good old days?
Here you go (hope the link holds, and Anax forgives me…):

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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:15 pm

Well that settles it.

xkcd says so. :)
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Bruce » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:09 am

I'm still waiting for California to sink into the ocean.

















Still fucking there. :x
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Grammatron » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:41 am

Hey, fuck you buddy!

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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Doctor X » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:55 am

I'm not your "buddy," guy!

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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by sparks » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:57 am

"Don't call me honey, mack."
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Bruce » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:52 am

Here's the real reason we have global warming.
Russians poking holes in frozen methane lakes. :x
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Witness » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:16 am

People just love crowds.

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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:34 am

Witness wrote:People just love crowds.

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:roll:
Not me!

Didn't Yogi Berra once say, "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded"?

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Post by Witness » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:40 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Not me!
Me neither, so I can't understand how people flock in hordes to (mostly noisy) "events".

Well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_stampedes.

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Post by ed » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:09 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
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(aerial photo of New Delhi)
http://wikimapia.org/12558710/SANTOSH-PARK

You read that and then read about privileged Americans complaining about pronouns.
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Bruce » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:47 pm

Gotta wonder who is the rich guy in New Delhi with the fancy blue roof.
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He making everyone else look bad. :x
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Re: The Population Bomb

Post by Witness » Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:14 am

Business Insider wrote:Meet The Egyptian Families Who Live Among The Tombs In Cairo's Massive Cemetery

In southeastern Cairo, a city that's home to nearly 18 million people, lies El'Arafa cemetery. It's estimated that anywhere between 500,000 and 1 million Egyptians live in the 4-mile-long cemetery, which has led it to be dubbed the City of the Dead.

In the cemetery, families, power lines, multi-story buildings, and a post office mingle with the graves, tombs, and mausoleums. There are often three generations of Egyptians living in the necropolis, many of whom have been there since the 1950s.

The settlement is far from legal, but the Egyptian government has long since given up on evicting residents. Doing so would require the unattractive proposition of moving the inhabitants to state-built apartments or forcing the creation of alternate slums.
http://uk.businessinsider.com/massive-c ... ?r=US&IR=T (more pics and link to the photographer's site)

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