7 Billion People In 2011

Submitted by: MonoBrow 6 years ago in

The worldwide population expected to exceed 7 billion in 2011. Where are we all gonna fit?
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Male 1,059
That was cool. I think that those were some very interesting statistics and I loved it. :-)
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Male 195
There are a lot of empty foreclosed homes in my town. Seems like there is plenty of room.
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Female 117
You can fit everyone in the world in Rhode Island.
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Male 6,694
All the Hottie chicks can stay at my place.
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Male 663
Give each family a 0.25 acre lot, add another 20% for roads etc. and assume an average family size of 4. You would need ~820,000 square miles of land. That`s about the same as Texas (~269,000) and Alaska (~663,000) put together. Not sure if I have a point but an interesting calculation to me.
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Female 500
hehe furry blob. there should definitely be an award for this. I think toshsuckso would even win douchebag of the year.
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Female 582
Dude, I`m totally buying National Geographic now. :)


And humans are still not the largest biomass on earth. That would be the bacteria!
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Female 547
It really makes you hate those "19 Kids and Counting" people
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Male 705
Okay, so according to the World Population Clock, we`re currently on
6,866,965,461 at the exact time of January 12, 2011 00:23:51
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Male 224
With ToshSucksO`s logic, we should kill ToshSucksO. His house burned 30-39 years ago.
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Male 573
ToshSucksO and Samsquanch, congratulations you are today`s winners of `douchebag of the day` award. That was much harsher but I toned it down just for you.
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Male 271
thats really cool, thanks IAB.

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Male 270
So lets all move to LA...

and ToshSuckO...
You have mental problems sir.
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Male 5,148
Ouch guys the 2 last comments are creeeeeepy! Brrrrr
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Male 792
Eugenics is the only way. But it`s too "unethical".
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Male 9
Most people would get mad about this, but we really need to kill the majority of people living in third world countries. We could then go in and turn that space into useable living space/resource gathering space and eventually people will start living and thriving in there.

Think of it this way, what`s easier: 1) Fixing up a house that was burn to the ground or 2) Removing the crumbles and replacing it with all new house
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Male 341
YO MAMMA!
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Male 2,549
I`m glad for not renewing my subscription now ... a year long series may get a little tedious.
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Female 298
We humans will die off, the earth will recycle itself and life will begin again. Don`t be so naive to think we`re gonna be ok with 7 billion and counting.
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Female 298
"We are not even close to using up the earth`s resources yet."

Ha! Please, educate yourself, ask a geologist about what we`re doing to the earth...
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Male 440
Well said, auburnjunky. Necessity is the mother of invention. We are not even close to using up the earth`s resources yet.
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Male 10,338
Sorry for that last sentence. I broke the record for comma use lol.
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Male 10,338
"The earth will tend to huge metropolises, factory zones, vast monoculture fields, and dead oceans."

Like I said before. About 2% of the Earth is developed, and about 2% of that is urbanized. That includes oceans.

We can irrigate the deserts. There is a huge aquifer under the Sahara. They just recently found it. If push came to shove, and we HAD to spend the money, they could find a way to grow food there.

Synthetic foods. Bio-domes. Ocean water purifiers. There are ways to sustain us that we haven`t explored, because we don`t need to, but if the reason arose, they would happen, and we would be fine.
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Female 668
got lots of room in C-c-c-canada! hope you like the cold though, prob should dress warm.
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Male 2,388
ftl will never happen so the stars are pretty much out unless you countcryo sleep or something that would be good but no communication so whats the point?
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Male 2,388
i liked it till i realised it was an advert
"7 billion reasons to think about 7 billion people"
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Male 440
We are following nature`s plan. Expand until we use up or destroy the environment then we die off and the planet recovers. If a few of us are left <CTRL><ALT><DEL> otherwise another species tops the food chain sooner or later and it starts again. The planet was here before us and will be here after us. Also we may leave Earth at some point.
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Female 277
We are already over populated. As a species we ruin ourselves with not allowing people to just die. I`m not even going to get into how we`re ruining our chances for a long survival by interfering with natural selection.
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Male 2,220
quick1dunko said "dont listen to the elite and their bullcrap "

You are the elite.

"there`s enough space" is the bullcrap.
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Male 2,220
If everyone is to live at the same level, the same consumption, then the planet is already overpopulated. The earth is a finite resource so the human population on it can`t keep growing without consequence. Simple mathematics.

If you don`t care about the environment you can ignore the warning signs and keep on growing. The earth will tend to huge metropolises, factory zones, vast monoculture fields, and dead oceans. That to me sucks big time.

The only way to retain the worlds natural heritage (and there is much to be learnt and exploited here don`t forget), is population control and a move to a steady state economy.
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Male 99
weve been requiring this " balance" for centuries now.. its nothing new..
theres enough space.. dont listen to the elite and their bullcrap about how we are over populated.. you dont need a friggin 10 square mile estate to survive.. :/
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Male 1,153
its obvious where we fit isn`t it. humans just keep pushing out other animals, and stealing their habitat. i hate humans we`re such dicks
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Male 2,586
Heck, in this country alone we got plenty of space. But everyone (or at least the majority) want to live in the big four: CA TX FL NY.
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Sounded like for a moment there you were calling those states countries!

Yep, the US has lots of space but you`re not to hot on people coming in...... the UK has very little but we`re too nice to tell them all to F-off! :-)
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Male 3,076
[quote] So long as we`re not arseholes we should be okay [/quote] correction: If we weren`t such arsholes we would be okay, but most of the leaders are arsholes so we are pretty much drated
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Male 959
I hate when these things are coached in terms of fear. `Fell guilty for being too many`. I like humans. So long as we`re not arseholes we should be okay
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Male 10,338
@rammo:

War Eagle.....
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Male 2,144
and they`re all moving in next door
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Male 178
Heck, in this country alone we got plenty of space. But everyone (or at least the majority) want to live in the big four: CA TX FL NY.
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Male 1,054
Namikaze

Are you volunteering to be among the 3.5 billion killed?
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Male 1,116
That`s terrifying.
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Male 222
With WMD`s we could cut that 7 billion in half by the end of the week. We didn`t create them to not be used.
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Male 12,138
Happy 7K`th post, Lazy!
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Male 10,440
Heh heh... 7000 posts and I didn`t realize it. That`s one post for every million....

Oh nevermind.
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Male 10,440
Meh. It was cool and all, but I didn`t really learn anything new.

The global population is already beginning to level off. The rate of growth is less than it was 10 years ago.
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Male 1,815
Canada is encouraging having lots of kids, in order to establish a huge population with a Canadian heritage, as opposed to some other country (which is how it is now, since we have so many immigrants or children of immigrants)
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Male 626
If everyone only had one kid for a few generations (like in China, but less sexism) population wouldn`t be a problem.
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Male 5,148
Is a nice dream Volsunga unfortunatly i think i will never see that. In any case i hope this will happen soon.
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Male 1,548
@piperfawn
Why not? As long as we are able to support ourselves, there really can`t be any moral reason to not keep growing. The planet is a self contained system that will survive no matter what. What we need to do is cut ourselves off from it and look to the stars.
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Male 3,431
7 billion, 10 Billion, 14 Billion, eventually *something* will wipe us all out unless we cut the umbilical cord that ties us to the planet we`re on. Who knows maybe our remains will be used as some sort of fossil fuel by the next creature to gain a greater degree of self awareness, my money is on the Crow.
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Female 798
@alibi19, no offense but considering that I study these sorts of things at a graduate level, I know all of that. The point though is even developing countries are cutting back on how many children they have. So in India, instead of having say 5 kids they`re having 3 or 4 on average. My point is there are people on one side saying "omg not enough people to care for the old people! Not enough children!" and then the other side is crying "omg too many people, we`re all going to starve!" It can`t really be both. And especially in cases where places like Germany are expected to have only 17% of what their population in 1997 was by the year 2050 and shrinking also in other first world countries while 3rd world are evening out I don`t see how we can worry about both overpopulation and underpopulation.
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Female 3,598
this makes me more terrified of the world than any threat of "terrorism" ever could...
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Male 2,344
@DixxyRarr

If everyone eats one person..That means in the end, there will be but one survivor :O
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Male 5,148
Volsunga i really hope you are right but i`m still sceptic. Our planet is not endless, we can`t just keep growing at this rate also if we can find some way to absorb our requests the break point will arrive.
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Female 2,674
Everyone just needs to eat one person.


Not it.
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Male 199
was cool until i realized it was an ad
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Male 1,548
@piperfawn
energy production is not a problem because we are already moving towards renewable energy worldwide. It`s simply cheaper than the alternatives. Remember that when the third world develops enough to consume like us, they will also produce like us, and with more arable surface area to work with, it all evens out.
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Male 73
@rainbowfarts, In developed countries the need to have children is less than in developing countries. Think of it this way: you`re a farmer in a developing country. You know you`re going to get old and need people to take care of you. If you have 9 kids, you will have more hands helping you in the fields and they can better support you, than if you only had like 2 children. In Short, more children=high productivity=better "retirement". Most developed countries have retirement programs so people don`t have to do this. Fortunately, organizations have gone into the developing countries and educated them of how having nine kids is unsustainable, and thats probably why some people think growth in developing countries will peter out.
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Male 5,148
Volsunga if ALL people in the world will start to consume like the so called first world,or occidental style if you prefere, there will be no new economic way that will save us from destruction.Basicaly our way of energy production is unaffordable also today and barely cover just 1/3 of world population,if the other 2/3 start to consume like us i really don`t see a great future.
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Male 2,344
I`m very curious as to why they predict a sudden decrease in growth. I always expected the human population to grow exponentially?
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Male 1,548
@alibi19
food production is not linear, it follows the rules of supply and demand. people are starving in the third world because in their local markets, there is a minuscule supply compared to the demand. now that there is a global market, as soon as we can cut through the political bullsh*t with their f*cked up governments, the food production curve will match the population curve for a very long time.
Overpopulation is a myth because it completely ignores the future accommodations made by the economies to support the population.
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Male 5,148
fatninja01 you are lucky cause you live in a continent that maybe have less population than Tokyo. But if people continue to increase and consume without any rationality no matter if you have space or not, the world will be screwed anyway, yep sadly also your space.
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Female 798
This is what I don`t understand. I have to read about this stuff all the time (sociology grad student) and you have some resources saying the population is growing too much that we won`t be able to feed everyone. Then I go over to other resources and they talk about how in 1st world countries the population is dramatically shrinking, especially in Western Europe and Japan and even the population in 3rd world countries is slowly leveling out too and will begin to shrink soon. What gives?!
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Male 73
If our population increases at a exponential rate and our food production increases at a linear rate, its just a matter of time before we simply cant feed everyone. Throw in factors like the growing average lifespan and the growing ecological footprint of developing countries and it doesn`t take a mathematician to figure out that we (and our environment) are in serious trouble. Environmentalists have been warning people for years about over population, but not surprisingly, nothing has been done.
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Male 39,619
damn PeaceCorps!

we never should have shown the 3rd world how to get clean water and grow food!
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Male 25,417
So what, i still have my space, so im happy
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Male 237
This seemed like propaganda for environmentalists but hey, maybe it was just me...

One thing that did bother me was that they kept referring to everyone as a global population...whatever happened to being proud of your country and where are you from? I`m not talking about radically proud and thinking your country is superior. I think we aught to be proud of our diversity and differing countries instead of insisting on being so globalist.
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Male 2,402
Don`t worry it`s supposed to be taken care of in 12-21-2012
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Male 5,413
Pretty interesting
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Female 124
Just stop screwing!

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NAW!
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Male 2,440
I`m gonna skip all the "We have to be wary of the population" bullsh*t and just say this:

We need to go into space. Not just low Earth orbit; I mean going to other planets. That`s right, Mars, we`re gonna colonize your ass and fill it with strip malls!
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Male 1,744
get the F*CK off my planet!!
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Male 527
@AJD121, well, that`s great, but would you want to be the poor schmuck in the middle when you have to go to the bathroom? :)

Or worse yet, if someone right next to you had to go?
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Male 6
did anyone else notice that of all of the pictures showed at the end, most of them were of the asian side of the world?
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Male 309
The rate at which the world`s population grows is falling. If we continue at the current pace, the population will peak at 9 Billion around 2050, and then start falling, as it already is in much of the Western world.

http://www.humanistwa.org.au/node/433

Relax, people, you can call off the apocalypse.
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Male 965
The other 6,999,999,999 of you are breathing my air.
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Male 10,338
Yeah what AJD said.

I read somewhere that, only 2% of the land on Earth is developed, and only 2% of that is urbanized.

Yes, that`s taking into account water area.
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Male 15,510
Tick...Tock...Tick...Tock...
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Male 638
"Every human being on earth, as long as they stand in a 3 by 3 foot area, could fit on Rhode Island. Or so I`ve read 4 years ago, idk."

There are 5,280 feet in a mile so there are 27,878,400 square feet in a mile (5,280^2)and there are 1,214 square miles in Rhode Island.

27,878,400 x 1,214 = 33,844,377,600 square feet in Rhode Island.

Divided by 3 for 3 feet per person means that 11,281,459,200 could fit in Rhode Island given a 3 foot square of space to stand.
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Male 1,548
Space is not a problem. One need only look at the massive expanses of undeveloped land in the American West and Midwest to see this. The problem, arguably is resources. However, we have the ability to develop land for resource production easily. Think of all the farmland that could be made in Northern Africa if modern techniques were used and we start pushing back the Sahara. Necessity will fix the political obstacles in developing the third world. The development of renewable energy will preserve non-renewable resources. We still have a couple centuries before overpopulation is a problem, and we had better be colonizing and terraforming Mars by then.
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Male 975
I know and it scares the poo out of me
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Male 541
Well was third on the page before the comments :P
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Male 541
haha @Quik2TheStab, look, your comment is third to the furnace with you jk.

But Just look at how much land on earth ISN`T used. It`s just the people who crowd the cities in dense population.
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Male 1,341
Ok ok I get it 7 billion is a big number... Geez.
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Male 658
Because cities smell like ass. So do rural areas. Suburbs, yo!
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Male 8,302
Quik2TheStab, you pass. The rest of you form a line over there in front of that man with the gun...

:-)
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Male 447
Hooray cities. I grew up in a very rural part of New Jersey and now live in NYC. Can`t imagine why people would want to live in rural areas. So boring.
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Male 542
Every human being on earth, as long as they stand in a 3 by 3 foot area, could fit on Rhode Island. Or so I`ve read 4 years ago, idk.
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Male 658
Lionhart, IQ doesn`t change with age.

I say we put every third person in some sort of furnace.
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Female 1,077
people need to stop reproducing.
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Male 8,302
First we should shoot anyone who`s IQ is half what it should be at their age, then with the 1 billion or so left...
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Male 541
Link: 7 Billion People In 2011 [Rate Link] - The worldwide population expected to exceed 7 billion in 2011. Where are we all gonna fit?
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