Population

"Intensification of production to feed an increased population leads to a still greater increase in population." Peter Farb
throughout the history of life on Earth, there have been periods where a given species has, for one reason or another, spurted it's numbers upward temporarily. There's been a surprisingly good supply of food, the weather has been just right, somehow there have been no predators...something has happened, and the numbers went up. They always went down again, and always the same way; by an increase in the death rate. The large numbers of the species starved when the food ran short. They fell victim to some disease, when as a result of being on short rations they were weaker. They made good marks for predators. It always went down. And the same thing will happen to mankind, we don't have to worry. The death rate will go up, and we will die off through violence, through disease, through famine. The only thing is, must we have our numbers controlled in the same way that all other species have them controlled? We have something others don't; we have brains. We can foresee. We can plan. We can see solutions that are humane. And there is a solution that is humane, and that is to lower the birth rate. Isaac Asimov
Whenever a Taker couple talk about how wonderful it would be to have a big family, they're reenacting this scene beside the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They're saying to themselves, 'of course it's our right to apportion life on this planet as we please. Why stop at four kids or six ? We can have fifteen if we like. All we have to do is plow under another few hundred acres of rain forest --and who cares if a dozen other species disappear as a result ?' (From a novel: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn p181)
Human beings are a biological experiment...If we choose to eradicate ourselves from the earth...the earth will regenerate because the earth has all the time in the world. Whatever happens to us will not have a lasting impact on the world. In time, the world will regenerate. It will come back green, and the waters will be clean again. It's just that there won't be any people here. That's all. We're not needed. We're parasites. We don't help the Earth, we take. So if all the people disappear, then the Earth is going to regenerate because there'll be peace here again. Oren Lyons

A human population approaching 7 billion can be maintained only by desolating the Earth. If wild habitat is given over to human cultivation and habitation, if rainforests can be turned into green deserts, if genetic engineering enables ever-higher yields to be extorted from the thinning soils then humans will have created for themselves a new geological era, the Eremozoic, the Era of Solitude, in which little remains on the Earth but themselves and the prosthetic environment that keeps them alive.<~ John Gray
"...humanity is already the first species in the history of life to become a geophysical force. We have, all by our bipedal, wobbly-headed selves, altered Earth's atmosphere and climate away from the norm. We have spread thousands of toxic chemicals worldwide, appropriated 40 percent of the solar energy available for photosynthesis, converted almost all of the easily arable land, dammed most of the rivers, raised the planet sea level, and now, in a manner likely to get everyone's attention like nothing else before it, we are close to running out of fresh water. A collateral effect of all this frenetic activity is the continuing extinction of wild ecosystems, along with the species that compose them. This also happens to be the only human impact that is irreversible. "  E. O. Wilson, The Creation.
"Bush administration officials have spoken out against an agreement, reached at a 1994 U.N. conference in Cairo, that calls for controlling population growth by expanding access to health care and being more responsive to women's needs. U.S. officials argue that certain phrases in the agreement - including "reproductive health services" and "reproductive rights" - condone abortion as well as sex and condom use among teenagers." Source here 12/30/2002.
The whole planet is in a crisis of human population overshoot. James Howard Kunstler: Too Much Magic pg234

States Rejecting "Abstinence-Only" Funding Federal --Government Has Spent Millions On Sex-'Ed' Approach, Now 15 States Not Interested 07 Jan 2008 CBS News reports: The government has provided states a $1 billion during the past decade for abstinence-only programs. But many say it just doesn't work, and they point to the teen birth rate's first rise in 15 years as proof. A growing number of states are taking a stand and actually rejecting federal abstinence-only funds. New Mexico just became the 15th.

Environment groups have a problem with population (3/7/2014)

U.N. estimates 9.6 billion people by 2050 (6/14/2013)

Why Malthus Got His Forecast Wrong (12/12/2012)

Population: A Threat Caused By Religion (2003)

7 Billion and Counting

Crowded, stretched world welcomes 7 Billionth Baby (10/2011)

Human Population Explosion

Population: the Elephant in the room

Fertility Rate and Life Expectancy (see this graphic presentation.)

From Right-Wing to Pro-Choice: The Shifting Goalposts of “Abortion Neutrality”

The Vatican Role.

U.S. teen birth rate up again, fewer pre-term babies (3/18/2009)

What Stops Population Growth ? Video Hans Rosling

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is the inability to understand the exponential function. Albert A. Bartlett, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Colorado.

Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies (3/19/2014)

Consumption unsustainable: UN TIME BOMB: The human race is already consuming resources faster than the Earth can sustain, the UN report said, and an expanding population will make it worse (10/27/2007)

Eating the Earth

Socioeconomic Equity: A Critical Element in Sustainability

Ten Million Children Worldwide Die From Lack of Health Care. (Does the 'pro-life' movement know about this ?)
According to Teresa Cerojano in The Associated Press, "More than 200 million children worldwide under age five do not get basic health care, leading to nearly ten million deaths annually from treatable ailments like diarrhea and pneumonia, a US-based charity said Wednesday."

15 Shocking Tales of How Sex Laws Are Screwing the American People

Human Rights Watch (on Sex Offender Laws)

Malthus wasn't wrong, just early.

See the long term forecast in environment or dieoff.com

Links

Pretransitional Population Control and Equilibrium (pdf)

Videos

How Much Degrowth is Enough? "NEW" Sept. 2012

The Human Predicament and What to Do About It Feb. 2012

Overpopulation Means Civilization Collapse Aug. 20

Bibliography

Countdown - Our last best hope for a future on earth ? Alan Weisman

Why is Population Control Such a Radioactive topic ?

Population: the last taboo

Collapse: Jared Diamond

10 Billion: Danny Dorling

The Population Bomb: Paul Ehrlich

The Stork and the Plough: Paul Ehrlich and Gretchen Daily

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200, How the Destruction of Political Will Doomed a U.S. Population Policy by Stephen D. Mumford

See Freakonomics for an argument for a women's right to choose.

Lake of Fire (2006 Movie)

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