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Friday, May 17, 2013
Global population statistics were long overdue for a proper
recalculation merely based on better historical analysis. It is
obvious that the globe will be modernized by 2050. At that point
population growth will be naturally neutral and even negative while
lengthening lifespans will keep the bubble up for a while thereafter.
Then it must deflate.
What is inevitable is modernization and fertility control by mothers.
This will bring about a sociological change in our culture to
support superior fertility, but that also naturally creates a check
point. A country wishing to grow its population will be forced to
invest. We are seeing indicators of all that now been briefly offset
Yet that will also be far sooner than anyone really imagines. I
think that it will be unsustainable in twenty years.
Thus by 2040, the developed world will need to convert to fertility
support at the latest and achieve stability at least. Yet in the
long term, I also know that we want to extend the human life span by
an average of two hundred years. Thus if we have population
replacement presently taking 75 years, such an expansion will allow
our population to naturally rise to 30,000,000,000 people.
As I have posted ,the globe can sustain a population of 100 billion
people. A third of that would have an excellent outcome and allow
the option of additional expansion at a leisurely pace.
breathe a sigh of relief: If current trends hold, human beings won’t
fulfill doomsday predictions by making like rabbits after all. Thanks
to the success of incessant fear-mongering, the world’s population
is expected to peak soon and then begin a long slide downward. That’s
fewer of us “defacing” the planet.
A research team from
the Autonomous University of Madrid and CEU-San Pablo University in
Spain predicts the global population will begin to decline by the
middle of the 21st century. Their study, published in the scientific
journal “Simulation,” used computer models to project population
based on current fertility and death rates. It predicts that global
population will reach its high-water mark around the middle of the
century, then decline. By 2100, there will be only about 6.2 billion
of us, about the same number as in 2000.
Only yesterday, on
Oct. 31, 2011 (Halloween, as a matter of fact), the United Nations
announced the birth of the 7 billionth baby — not in celebration,
but in alarm. The U.N. called it the “Day of 7 Billion,” and
sounded “a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges
that a growing population poses.” The U.N. Population Fund marked
the occasion with a report that included a graph projecting a steep
increase in the rate of human growth, and asked the scary question:
“Will my grandchildren live in a world of 10 billion?”
The U.N. has spent
decades and billions of dollars to bend the rate of childbirth
downward, particularly in Third World nations, where large families
are often considered essential to work the fields and hence survival.
The new population study confirms the global body’s success in
persuading humans that less is more. “Overpopulation was a specter
in the 1960s and ‘70s, but historically the U.N.’s low
fertility-variant forecasts have been fulfilled,” writes Felix F.
Munoz, researcher and co-author of the project.
population-control schemes lurk the pessimistic belief that one human
being is a consumer; a billion is an environmental disaster. Thomas
Malthus, an 18th-century Anglican clergyman, taught that population
growth would eventually reach a tipping point and that famine and
disease would kill numbers that threatened sustainability: “The
increase of population is necessarily limited by the means of
Malthus could not have
predicted the miracles of the 21st century. Stephen Hawking, a
famous theoretical physicist, has lived his 71 years with Lou
Gehrig’s disease, which has left him a quadriplegic. Modern
medicine has redefined “the means of subsistence,” allowing Mr.
Hawking to project influence from his motorized wheelchair. He
is living proof that efforts to limit human growth are foolhardy when
a universe of God-given potential lives to be tapped within each
An empty world would
represent failure for the human race, not success. Better to face the
future with courage than be taken in by the doomsayers. Human
ingenuity is the ultimate resource.