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Posted by Mike Pearson on December 18, 2001 02:00:35 UTC

from _Living Within Limits_ by Garrett Hardin
and _The Population Explosion_ by Paul and Ann Ehrlich

1) Two billion-plus increase since 1970 shows there is great momentum and
it's taking a long time to apply the brakes.
2) Read the environment. The carrying capacity is being exceeded over
vast areas of Earth. The burden of proof is on the side of the argument
which violates common sense. ("Carrying capacity" is defined as a stable
number of animals that can besupported year after year without damaging
the environment. Whenever a population grows beyond the carrying capacity,
the environment is rapidly degraded; as a result, carrying capacity is
reduced in subsequent years.)
3) Cultural carrying capacity is being exceeded. The quality of life and the
quantity of it are inversely related.
4) Perhaps the world is not over populated, but many _parts of it are, as
indicated by reading the environment. A general rule is 'Calling it a world
problem is useful only if there is a plausible worldwide solution.' But the
problem is created by local action and must be solved by local action.
5) Millions who live in poverty are kept so by local overpopulation. There
is widespread starvation, disease and tragic drowning deaths by the
thousands of those forced to live on flood plains.
6) The world probably could not support the present population at the
developed world's level of material wealth without severe, widespread
destruction of the planetary life support system.

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