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Posted 1/6/11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc4HxPxNrZ0 << i suggest you watch it.. i was actually quite shoked

WITH 267 people born every minute and 108 dying, the world's population will top 7 billion next year. While births soar, the ratio of working-age adults to support the elderly in developed countries is declining precipitously.

In a sobering assessment of those two trends, William Butz, president of the Population Reference Bureau, said that ''chronically low birth rates in developed countries are beginning to challenge the health and financial security of the elderly''.

At the same time, ''developing countries are adding over 80 million to the population each year and the poorest of those countries are adding 20 million, exacerbating poverty and threatening the environment.''

Advertisement: Story continues below Projections, especially over decades, are vulnerable to changes in immigration, retirement ages, birth rates, health care and other variables. But in releasing the bureau's 2010 population data sheet, Carl Haub, its senior demographer, estimated this week that by 2050 the planet will be home to more than 9 billion people.

Even with a decline in birth rates in less developed countries from six children per woman in 1950 to 2.5 today, the population of Africa is projected to at least double by mid-century to 2.1 billion. Asia will add an additional 1.3 billion.

While the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand will continue to grow because of higher birth rates and immigration, Europe, Japan and South Korea will shrink (although the recession reduced birth rates in the US and Spain and slowed rising rates in Russia and Norway).

In Japan, the population of working-age people, compared with the population 65 and older that is dependent on them, is projected to decline to a ratio of 1:1, from the current 3:1. Worldwide, the ratio of working age people to those in the older group is expected to decline from 9:1 to 4:1.

Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Union, reported this week that while the union's population topped half a billion this year, 900,000 of the 1.4 million growth from the year before resulted from immigration. Eurostat has predicted that deaths will outpace births in five years, a trend that has already occurred in Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary.

While the bulge in younger people, if they are educated, presents a potential ''demographic dividend'' for countries such as Bangladesh and Brazil, the shrinking proportion of working-age people elsewhere may place a strain on governments and lead them to raise retirement ages.

from the: "NEW YORK TIMES"


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Posted 1/6/11 , edited 1/6/11
It's no surprise that there are so many humans. People have predicted this will happen since the 1980s, give or take a few years.


What should be done is adoption and abortion! I know that the last one will probably end up in me being flamed, but it's what I believe should be done if mothers decide so.
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when ever I hear about the population of people I always think of a zombie apocalypse first. anyways conservation isn't something people normally think about on a daily basis.
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When a population gets too big nature corrects it by rapidly spreading disease or starving it to death-- that may be what eventually happens unless they figure out an alternative

That being said, I did recently eat a HUGE meal at Cheesecake Factory-- so I'd say there's enough to feed the masses-- but we have most of it

I agree with traineroflegend on the adoption part-- although I think most people want to have children that are "their own" and usually only adopt if they can't conceive--
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vnkid wrote:

When a population gets too big nature corrects it by rapidly spreading disease or starving it to death-- that may be what eventually happens unless they figure out an alternative

That being said, I did recently eat a HUGE meal at Cheesecake Factory-- so I'd say there's enough to feed the masses-- but we have most of it

I agree with traineroflegend on the adoption part-- although I think most people want to have children that are "their own" and usually only adopt if they can't conceive--


Are you talking about something along the lines of the Black Death?
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traineroflegend wrote:


vnkid wrote:

When a population gets too big nature corrects it by rapidly spreading disease or starving it to death-- that may be what eventually happens unless they figure out an alternative

That being said, I did recently eat a HUGE meal at Cheesecake Factory-- so I'd say there's enough to feed the masses-- but we have most of it

I agree with traineroflegend on the adoption part-- although I think most people want to have children that are "their own" and usually only adopt if they can't conceive--


Are you talking about something along the lines of the Black Death?

Probably more like Spanish Influenza.
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No, I think munch's answer is the closest

Get your zombie survival kits ready everyone--and don't forget the rules of survival:

1. Cardio
2. The Double Tap
3. Beware of Bathrooms
4. Seatbelts
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vnkid wrote:

No, I think munch's answer is the closest

Get your zombie survival kits ready everyone--and don't forget the rules of survival:

1. Cardio
2. The Double Tap
3. Beware of Bathrooms
4. Seatbelts


YES. I see what you did there. Ha, one of my favorites. xD

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as bad as that sounds i think that was a necessary thing of the past
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Okay so developed countries populations are going down, and the ratio of elderly to adult is fucking up.
We just get more adults, raise the retirement age and encourage immigration from places like south Asia and Africa where the populations are soaring.

Tbh I think global warming will be the next wave of death. Think how hard that shit will hit the equator :/
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i smell gundam scenario happening


ppl will colonize outer space...then a colony is dropped on earth....


then war with giant mechs
Posted 1/7/11
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Oh well.
Posted 1/7/11

munchthis wrote:

when ever I hear about the population of people I always think of a zombie apocalypse first. anyways conservation isn't something people normally think about on a daily basis.


ahah yes same! i actually think a zombie apocolypse would be fun! (call me stupid if you wish.. but im the kind of person that doesnt minds a bit of war fare ie.. paintball ^^")
Posted 1/7/11
oh also has anyone heard of the story where a bunch of snapper died in new zealand.. one tonne of fish died (i forgot where) and all the dead birds in switzerland they claim it to be a disease but they haven't verified it yet.. but i find odd is if it indeed WERE a disease it would have already been made clear with the scientific knowledge and technology we have these days it's not at all too hard to figure out if it is... GOVERNMENT COSPIRICY ANYONE?
Posted 1/7/11
...William Butz......
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