Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in Science

The U.N. estimates that the world"s population will pass the 7 billion mark today. That"s a whole lotta people.
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Male 266
Yeah that`s why i wanna adopt. And get rid of catholicism
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Male 1,735
Most of my family members has only had two kids. So with the deaths that happen randomly, were not even replacing ourselfs. It is the cultures that pop out 10 kids that will dominate the earth in short time, since they have plenty of spares.
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Male 222
Interesting fact, while the worlds population grows.. In my country, New Zealand, where we have a population of around 4.6 million.. Our population is actually slowly declining because we don`t have enough young people to replace the older generation thats dying off.
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Male 68
Differential equations!!! I learned something in college.
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Female 155
Makes me want to pee
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Female 298
I decided when I was 15 that I wouldn`t have my own kids. I will adopt. Mostly for this reason, but for others as well.
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Male 15,832
[quote]When their resources grow scarce, their population growth slows, or reverses. When resources are plentiful, they increase at a faster rate.

Will this happen to us, or will our intelligence stop that from happening?[/quote]
It`s happening every day.
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Male 15,832
If you want to visualize where people come from, just log on to any porno site.
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Male 621
RobSwindol - This is so simple I`m not typing an explanation. Just this post. Oh, and you`re a douche.
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Male 1,045
@Rawrg
Or we could kill the rich, and share their wealth.
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Male 71
Pretty cool visualization
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Male 15,510
Where is the apocalypses when you need it
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Male 2,528
Did he just say "Experts can`t agree"?

Then how the fudge did they become experts?
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Male 934
Eh, we`ll just kill poor people as soon as we start running out of stuff.
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Male 1,010
Aaarghhh! Get this terrible science nonsense away from my eyes. God created me in one day. Population stops growing when God says it should. Remember, this "population growth" is just a theory!
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Male 2,790
thanks for all the common sense
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Male 2,220
And this i am traffic quote of yours. 17 eh? Did you mean.. i am a passenger in mommies car?
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Male 2,220
@Archer
Like all growth economists your reasoning relies on an unclosed system that can always be topped up from outside. boom and bust is the reality of this thinking. you dont even have to run out of resources, if your population rate exceeds your resource take up.

Yes i believe the environment has intrinsic value

What aboug personal space? And dont give me the huge expanse of land per person crap. The future holds increasing migration to bigger cities, plus increased inequality with good chance of social unrest.

So you planning on bringing progeny into this brave new world or you intending to grab what you can and let the future take care of itself?
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Male 10,440
I like the apt analogy of the overflowing glass.
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Male 303
We could all be housed in a first world fashion with a garden in an area the size of texas, we`re only using 65% of the arable land (and last yr we grew enough to feed 11 billion), we have as much water as we could ever ened (with a little desalination). I don`t see any reason for people to think we`re going to over populate any time soon.
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Male 3,331
I wonder if we`ll level out like wild populations of animals do. When their resources grow scarce, their population growth slows, or reverses. When resources are plentiful, they increase at a faster rate.

Will this happen to us, or will our intelligence stop that from happening?
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Male 525
@MattPrince: And yet--China is only getting more prosperous and more capitalistic. How did that happen?

You seem to have the train of thought that the environment`s value exists independent of any context i.e. you think the environment should be preserved for the sake of preserved. I think that the environment`s value is judged based on its value to humans i.e. I don`t think the preservation of the environment should come second to humans.

About your metaphor: I would think that each car has its own lane all heading to a solid brick wall (bankruptcy); the faster you go, the quicker you hit the post. However, each car is independent of each other, and not one affects the other--since wealth is created and not a static quantity.

And I`m interested in why you think a big population would end in tears--you didn`t really explain yourself.
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Male 5,811
@auburnjunky: Misleading statistic is misleading. You make it sound like the earth is potentially 100% habitable everywhere.
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Male 25,416
Its all done with the boinking... Gigidy
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Male 573
@Gerry1of1 Yea, when nothing happens again.
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Male 1,383
Apparently if the world was in one giant super city, we could all fit into France with a bit of room to spare. Neat huh?
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Male 39,913

Like it`s going to matter on December 22nd next year?
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Male 238
looks like time for more wars, famine, and plagues.
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Male 138
It also depends on how fast the NWO planes to kill us...
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Male 10,338
Funny thing is, only 2% of the Earth has been developed, and only 2% of that is urbanized.

We have lots of room to populate, we just need to come up with new food sources to handle it.
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Male 2,220
@M Archer.

Like most pyramid schemes, growing a big economy from a big population will eventually end in tears. Along the way the environment gets ripped up and we all live in towerblocks dependant on increasing levels of technology and crowding to get by. You might like that cyberpunk vision, I do not.

You missed the metaphor entirely, slow down - i.e. don`t breed so much.

"I don`t sit in traffic. I AM traffic"

Wow. Profound, dude.

Here`s one from your model of economic prosperity
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Male 2,220
..and playing the part of the T-virus in the next demonstration is...

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Male 4,239
called South America!
and they have Asia all wrong that glass should be twice as full
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Male 4,239
in 1490 there was 70 million people in north America
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Male 5,811
Overpopulation isn`t a problem *yet*. But it will be in the future, so it would behoove us to take steps to prevent it. We`re entering into exponential growth, and no one really knows what the carrying capacity of our planet is.
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Male 525
I have yet to find a single country that was more prosperous when its population was half the size it is today. China has the largest population on the planet; why are they so much more prosperous than Zimbabwe? The assertion that more people means less resources and malnutrition is simply not true.

"That`s like driving a car very rapidly towards the back end of a slow moving lorry and saying "i don`t have a velocity problem, the truck in front needs to go faster"

Well, if I`m driving at the speed limit then it is the lorry`s problem. And now, I`m lost on the metaphor. Is driving "life"? Then what can I do? Slow down i.e. kill myself? Hardly productive.

"Sat in a traffic jam lately?"

I don`t sit in traffic; I AM traffic.

Besides, haven`t traffic jams always existed since the automobile industry exploded?
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Male 2,220
"I don`t think overpopulation is a problem; resources are only really limited to how much people can produce. If there`s not enough food to feed everyone, then that`s a human infrastructure problem, not a "limited resources" problem. "

That`s like driving a car very rapidly towards the back end of a slow moving lorry and saying "i don`t have a velocity problem, the truck in front needs to go faster"

"In the early 20th century, there were some alarmists who said there would be crowding when the population reached two billion, citing the exact same reasons the alarmists are citing today. "

The world *is* a much more crowded place these days. Sat in a traffic jam lately?
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Male 525
Thank god I had the foresight to get immunized against HPV.
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Male 273
Great video but now I need to go pee.
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Male 525
Ok, I have to admit: the dripping animation was really cool.

The guy forgot to put tape over the birth faucet to symbolize birth control being invented.

I don`t think overpopulation is a problem; resources are only really limited to how much people can produce. If there`s not enough food to feed everyone, then that`s a human infrastructure problem, not a "limited resources" problem.

In the early 20th century, there were some alarmists who said there would be crowding when the population reached two billion, citing the exact same reasons the alarmists are citing today.
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Female 8,043
Link: Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion [Rate Link] - The U.N. estimates that the world`s population will pass the 7 billion mark today. That`s a whole lotta people.
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