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Planet could be unrecognizable by 2050

Posted on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 | Comment icon 56 comments


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By Scáthach, Staff News Writer

A growing population relying on fewer natural resources could make Earth unrecognizable in 40 years.

As the Earth's population grows and our demand on the planet's diminishing resources increases as well, scientists believe that by 2050 our planet will be unrecognizable. We will consume more in the next 40 years than we have in the last 8,000. The solution, they believe, is to have better family planning.

"The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, "with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia," said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council."

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Comment icon #47 Posted by Brass Tacks on 27 February, 2011, 1:38
I don't trust the UN. I never have and never will. They are a corrupt group of elitists who have somehow gained too much power over too many people. The world and it's resources are fine. It's fear they have mastered. YOUR fear. If they can create a crisis, they can also provide the means to solve it and profit from it. They turned human life into a science project and made abortion acceptable. As a result millions have been destroyed before they drew breath. Many of our problems are their doing. I say relax and ignore the fools. The world is fine and will be here long after we are gone.
Comment icon #48 Posted by BigfootBuster on 28 February, 2011, 10:48
How much land does it take to hold 9 billion people? Consider the nation of France. It has about 211,209 square miles of area. One square mile has 5280 * 5280 = 27.9 million square feet. France has a total of about 5,9 trillion square feet, enough to give each person of the earth 654,75 square feet. If we housed people in families of four in simple two-level buildings (8 people per building, one family of four per level), each building could be on a lot of over 5238 square feet. (Of course, I've ignored that fact that many parts would be unsuitable for dwelling places, and I've neglected the l... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by Br Cornelius on 28 February, 2011, 11:55
How much land does it take to hold 9 billion people? Consider the nation of France. It has about 211,209 square miles of area. One square mile has 5280 * 5280 = 27.9 million square feet. France has a total of about 5,9 trillion square feet, enough to give each person of the earth 654,75 square feet. If we housed people in families of four in simple two-level buildings (8 people per building, one family of four per level), each building could be on a lot of over 5238 square feet. (Of course, I've ignored that fact that many parts would be unsuitable for dwelling places, and I've neglected the l... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by BigfootBuster on 28 February, 2011, 12:28
What about food, water and energy. Footprint is not just about how much space your feet take up. Br Cornelius but it would leave the rest of the world for food production, and water production. The problems we got with food now, is nothing to due with overpopulation. It's more a question about politics. The energy problem is a completely different story.
Comment icon #51 Posted by IamsSon on 28 February, 2011, 20:42
What about food, water and energy. Footprint is not just about how much space your feet take up. Br Cornelius Given that US farmers are paid not to grow crops, that we are allowing fertile land in California which by itself could feed billions because of the potential impact on a small fish, that incredibly fertile farmland in Mexico is underused due to politics, not to mention other countries with the same issue, the issue of hunger is political, not due to actual need. Many of the counties where people are going hungry are doing so because the countries' rulers steal the aid sent by Western ... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by Br Cornelius on 28 February, 2011, 21:19
Given that US farmers are paid not to grow crops, that we are allowing fertile land in California which by itself could feed billions because of the potential impact on a small fish, that incredibly fertile farmland in Mexico is underused due to politics, not to mention other countries with the same issue, the issue of hunger is political, not due to actual need. Many of the counties where people are going hungry are doing so because the countries' rulers steal the aid sent by Western democracies. The actual amount of productive land per capita of the worlds population is about 2ha (4 acres). ... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by jesspy on 7 March, 2011, 10:57
How much land does it take to hold 9 billion people? Consider the nation of France. It has about 211,209 square miles of area. One square mile has 5280 * 5280 = 27.9 million square feet. France has a total of about 5,9 trillion square feet, enough to give each person of the earth 654,75 square feet. If we housed people in families of four in simple two-level buildings (8 people per building, one family of four per level), each building could be on a lot of over 5238 square feet. (Of course, I've ignored that fact that many parts would be unsuitable for dwelling places, and I've neglected the l... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by 27vet on 28 March, 2011, 6:22
Overpopulation will have worse consequences than climate change. Now, let me see how I can make money out of that, hmmm...
Comment icon #55 Posted by lp21why on 28 March, 2011, 6:37
Overpopulation will have worse consequences than climate change. Now, let me see how I can make money out of that, hmmm... It's not that one is worse than the other, they will work hand in hand. Imagine an extra billion people on Earth, with less land available for agriculture/living space. Not only will population density rise in areas that are still habitable, but food scarcity will rise as we need more intensive farming practices on land we can use.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Alienated Being on 30 March, 2011, 11:53
Individuals would much rather indulge in materialistic luxuries instead of maintaining the environment for the better. This is no surprise... The only time that the instinct of self preservation will kick in is when there is an immediate threat. It is like the message that the movie "The Day The Earth Stood Still" presented: "At the brink, we change". Yes, however, true as that may be, someday the brink will be much too late.


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