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14 November 2011

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The population is already out of hand. I just saw the Australian parents of the seven billionth child on television. They were ecstatic. Australians seem to want more people to populate their land. What they don't seem to realize is that every child leaves a carbon footprint.
Freshwater is getting more scarce. Arable land, 10 to 20% of the planet's land mass, is disappearing through erosion at the rate of tens of thousands of square miles per year. According to research at Oregon State University, the average American mother leaves a carbon footprint of 450 years per child. This is a disaster for climate change.
Organizations and individuals have been warning us about the dangers of overpopulation. A little over a year ago ScienceDaily noted that it was the major world problem-- with climate change second. It is certainly recommended that people familiarize themselves with all of the problems of overpopulation. The free websites at overpopulation.org, which keeps us current on news of the problem, and the free e-book series "And Gulliver Returns" --In Search of Utopia-- (http://andgulliverreturns.info) that not only goes into the details of the problem but also explains the ethical and psychological barriers to changing people's behavior, are must reads.
Naturally business interests want more customers, political interests want more workers to support the welfare systems and more warriors to protect their ways of life, and religions need more souls to save. It is sad that we can't see the cliff as we follow our lemming-like brothers into oblivion.

Thanks for your comments. Climate change, resource depletion, overpopulation, food production, energy sources - all those are of course inter-related. The Earth's socio-economic-environmental system is complex (in the sense of complexity theory). Therefore it's paradoxically both robust (it can bounce back from small perturbations) and prone to massive phase shifts. These things we know. We don't know where the tipping points are, but we don't really want to find out.

The only answer to over population is transmutation, which does not exist, except one atom at a time. So get busy scientists!!

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