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#1 7 years ago

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You should expect more than ghosts, spirits and candy when Halloween arrives this year. On October 31, 2011, the world will welcome its seven billionth person, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Reaching such a large global population would have fascinated 19th century theorist Thomas Malthus. According to the Financial Times, Malthus argued -- at a time when the world's population was under 1 billion -- the birth rate had to be lowered to prevent the famine and violence that would come with overpopulation. Human ingenuity and technology have played a big part in defying Malthus, but there's no doubt the population explosion has taken a toll on the earth's resources. As Treehugger reported, the population spike since the 18th century has contributed a whole slew of environmental issues, including soil erosion and dwindling wild fish populations. The Center for Biological Diversity has launched an advocacy campaign pegged to the 7 billion mark to highlight overpopulation and its impact on endangered plants and animals. As part of the "7 Billion and Counting" campaign, the center is giving out 100,000 endangered species condoms to a network of 1,200 volunteer distributors in all 50 states.

World Population Expected To Hit 7 Billion On Halloween




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#2 7 years ago

When you were born, you were the: 5,159,878,620th person alive on Earth 80,150,348,296th person to have lived since history began

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#3 7 years ago

When you were born, you were the: 4,870,203,497th person alive on Earth 79,697,124,193rd person to have lived since history began

Also... we aren't already at 7 billion? I thought China got us there a while ago. Apparently I'm getting ahead of things.




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#4 7 years ago

Inyri Forge;5578261

Also... we aren't already at 7 billion? I thought China got us there a while ago. Apparently I'm getting ahead of things.

Yeah, I actually thought we were already there also.




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#5 7 years ago

Damn it. You enlarge the food supply people just have more kids. Maybe there's something we can put in the water supply of less developed countries to chemically sterilise them - that'd bring the population down to more manageable levels again.

It took from 1999 to 2011 for the population to grow from six to seven billion. I don't know what the UN's smoking with their predictions but the tendency has been for us to take less time to get to each next billion rather than more.... Someone's gotta stop with the fucking or start with the sterilisation or in a few decades we're all royally screwed.




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#6 7 years ago

When you were born, you were the: 5,432,568,114th person alive on Earth

80,578,368,281st person to have lived since history began


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#7 7 years ago

Nemmerle;5578265Damn it. You enlarge the food supply people just have more kids. Maybe there's something we can put in the water supply of less developed countries to chemically sterilise them - that'd bring the population down to more manageable levels again.

It took from 1999 to 2011 for the population to grow from six to seven billion. I don't know what the UN's smoking with their predictions but the tendency has been for us to take less time to get to each next billion rather than more.... Someone's gotta stop with the fucking or start with the sterilisation or in a few decades we're all royally screwed.

Or send them money. Most developed countries have negative growth rates.




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#8 7 years ago
Professor Dr. Scientist;5578301Or send them money. Most developed countries have negative growth rates.

Yeah, that's gonna work out well. We'll send them money - making them more developed - increasing the number of consumers of our limited resources. (Though really if it were that simple... it's not like we haven't poured enough money down that particular black hole already.)

Either that or they'll spend it on more stuff to kill each other with, which I suppose could work out fairly well from a population control perspective.




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#9 7 years ago

When you were born, you were the: 5,497,963,036th person alive on Earth 80,684,188,278th person to have lived since history began


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#10 7 years ago

You know, I'm not gonna, I always thought the One-Child Policy in China was a great idea. One child per family.