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What would be the best way to unpopulate the earth

Posted May 1, '13 at 6:50pm

partydevil

partydevil

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but we won't have enough land to grow food

we already have that problem if we all live like the western world.
 

Posted May 1, '13 at 7:03pm

Kasic

Kasic

5,740 posts

if 7 billion fir in L.A. then 25 billion fit in california. leaving loads of room for production.


Uh, Party...you might able to 'fit' 25 billion in california, if you mash people next to each other. There's no way you could fit that many in that area with more than a few inches between them.
 

Posted May 1, '13 at 7:19pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,130 posts

spread it out of the usa then.
anyway. it's not space that we lack. but balance.

 

Posted May 1, '13 at 9:11pm

Kasic

Kasic

5,740 posts

spread it out of the usa then.
anyway. it's not space that we lack. but balance.


Even if you spread it out, there would still be critical lacks in proper waste disposal, clean water/electric generators. Any roads would be packed even with mass transit and pollution/litter would rule. Disease would also spread far faster due to the proximity living conditions would impose in small apartments and medical facilities would be vastly overburdened.

The more people you shove onto this planet, the more problems we have. It doesn't matter how well you control resources, eventually there's too many and either everyone starves equally or some get left out. That's why the problem needs to be averted beforehand.
 

Posted May 1, '13 at 10:00pm

blk2860

blk2860

10,695 posts

Simple. Mutate a larger predator to control the human population. Like Wolves are for Bunnies, Frogs are for Flies, Bats to bugs, etc.

 

Posted May 1, '13 at 10:22pm

stinkyjim

stinkyjim

467 posts

Nuclear holocaust. If most the planet isn't destroyed by the massive explosions, the clouds of radiation will wipe out the remaining survivors, as well as block out the sun and create a frigid wasteland across the globe. The shockwaves from the blasts would surely cause massive earthquakes also.

 

Posted May 1, '13 at 10:29pm

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

9,477 posts

Mutate a larger predator to control the human population.

A virus will do. No need to make Godzilla.
 

Posted May 1, '13 at 11:27pm

Kasic

Kasic

5,740 posts

A virus will do. No need to make Godzilla.


Godzilla would be more awesome though.
 

Posted May 2, '13 at 2:50am

LlordMaso

LlordMaso

40 posts

I think the problem is not really about the over population, but it is how we allocate the resources that we all have.. rich man gets more and the poor ones almost gets nothing... same applies with countries... if only rich countries who have too much can give some to the poor countries then it'll be good.. (but that would be impossible)

 

Posted May 2, '13 at 7:08am

nichodemus

nichodemus

13,296 posts

Knight

Overpopulation is a larger disaster recipe in the making. We cannot forever sustain a growth in numbers, basic ecology takes over eventually. Any organism that outgrows its niche suffers a decline in numbers due to lack of food, whether this is from trying to feed every member at once, or a select few hoarding the resources.


We don't have overpopulation. The world actually has enough arable land to support more people, just that we aren't using it eventually.

Secondly, 2.1 is the magical replacement level, that is, the basic amount needed just to sustain our population.

Then why not have the elderly work, or at least encourage them to? I don't mean backbreaking physical work or "full hours." Or even pushing the retirement age back somewhat.


God....try telling people they have to work more and more. They're already protesting when they raised it by a couple of years; and try telling that to people who have worked for close to half a century.

This also does not take into account the fact that old people simply can't do the job as efficiently, or do all kinds of job.

The future already looks bleak. Though the difference in a sudden drop in the labor pool would be more immediate, overpopulation to the point where we're beyond what is capable of supporting centuries from now is more dire.

The longer we do not address this problem, the worse it grows. Population growth occurs at exponential rates and with our increased medical technology, people aren't dying as young on average.

When it comes down to it, there's only two ways that the population count drops. Either people die, or people stop having as many babies. One of those two is going to happen, eventually.

While we may not be overpopulated yet, we're getting there quickly.


No one talks about population increase, but population maintenance. We won't be able to maintain our economic, social and political systems with lesser and lesser people. Japan is already facing the strains of this system.

Sorry for the bad language, but I sh** on economic growth. That focus on growth is a cancer to the world; see the situation in America. What we need is stability.


You certainly are stable at 2% growth. Sorry, but no sane economist will agree that growth is unimportant, quite the opposite! With growth comes an increase in taxes, more to invest in infrastructure, education, medical services and the like. With no growth, look at Greece now!
 
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