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  • Were pushing our limits now

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Thread: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

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    What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    What's an acceptable world population?

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    500 million sounds about right. Getting rid of the surplus will be a challenge though.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    500 million sounds about right. Getting rid of the surplus will be a challenge though.
    Would you be part of the 500 Million? If so, why?

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    500 million sounds about right. Getting rid of the surplus will be a challenge though.
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    Poll is fail. Highest population option is less than half of current world population while population is continuing to grow and is projected to plateau anyway at ten billion-- more than three times the highest poll option, and a number that our planet is more than capable of supporting comfortably. I'm more worried about the economic effects of stagnant population growth than any kind of serious worry about overpopulation.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Gehrig View Post
    Poll is fail. Highest population option is less than half of current world population.
    The "We're pushing our limits now" response reflects the current population. I guess I could've added a 6 Billion+, but figured the "I'm just happy to be here" allows for accepting any amount of people that are brought into the world.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    The "We're pushing our limits now" response reflects the current population. I guess I could've added a 6 Billion+, but figured the "I'm just happy to be here" allows for accepting any amount of people that are brought into the world.
    I'm sorry. My response was harsher than it should have been.

    My point was, we're at less than 70% of the projected maximum population-- which is still considerably less than what would constitute dangerous overpopulation. We're not even pushing the limits now. I suppose that I could answer "I'm just happy to be here", but there is a point at which the planet can't support the population; that point just isn't likely to ever be achieved.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    my guess is we're pushing the limits of current technology. projections I heard being toted at my last R&D gig were that food for a population growing past where we are at now would be 70 percent filled through food tech and reduction in waste in the supply chain. granted, there is a source bias there, but they definitely have skin in the game, and I don't have any reason to believe that the figure is grossly skewed.

    my own personal observation is that there is a lot of unoccupied land out there, but much of it is being used to grow crops and trees that help filter the waste. I routinely grow bacterial cultures, and they eventually hit stationary phase as nutrients get used up and waste increases. if we're not there now, we're getting close.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Maybe the threat of over population forces our hand for advancing space exploration possibilities.

    Or we could keep focusing on the plight of crack whores and marijuana legalization.
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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    When I was in school (college) the scientific community estimated that the carrying capacity of the earth for humas was around 1.75 billion people. So my answer is two billion.

    Exactly how they came up with this number I do not remember
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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    The panet could support double the current population easily... with technology. If technology fails then the population will decline anyway...
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