8/16/2013

Is the world really overcrowded?: Sure doesn't look like it

If the world's population was concentrated in Texas at the same concentration as NYC, would we say that the world had no room for other people?  Hardly.

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Blogger John 97205 said...

Obviously there can't be any serious suggestion that there is insufficient physical space for 7 billion or so human bodies on the planet. So if by "overcrowded" you mean "overpopulated by humans" (and if not, what else could you mean, given the title of your post?), the point is silly.

The problem with current human population levels is not the physical space each human body consumes; rather, it's the resources (fresh water, energy, food, metals, wood/paper...) each person consumes (particularly in the USA, with our profligate consumption), and the enormous environmental destruction that results from the extraction and disposal of these resources, given our primitive technologies.

8/16/2013 10:07 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks, but we aren't running out of resources, any more than we should have been worried in the past about running out of whale oil, kerosine, wood, etc.

8/17/2013 11:39 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Being an avid reader of Science Fiction novels, this comes as no suprise to I, as there has been a trend as of late where stories are centered around the social problems of world overpopulation and how governments deal with it.

8/19/2013 2:12 PM  

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