Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What population crisis?

I was noticing on the debates going on  in the comment section for the Ray Comfort Anti-Abortion movie "180" that Overpopulation was being brought up as a problem (because after all, abortion on demand is a great solution to a population problem, right?/sarcasm)

I decided to put into Yahoo search the phrase "myth of overpopulation"  and see what I could find. That brought up on 1st entry a site called overpopulationisamyth.com. After poking around, I found a link to a UN study on Population, and this was part of the data being discussed:

When has the world population reached or is expected to reach each successive billion?
3 Billion: 20 October 1959
4 Billion: 27 June 1974
5 Billion: 21 January 1987
6 Billion: 5 December 1998
7 Billion: 31 October 2011
8 Billion: 15 June 2025
9 Billion: 18 February 2043
10 Billion: 18 June 2083
These dates are derived from the annual series of world population estimates obtained by interpolating the results of the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects by assuming exponential growth within each year. Because the estimated dates depend on the population estimates and projections used to derive them and those estimates and projections change from one Revision to another, they constitute the best approximations at any given time.

So here's what I see: Between 1959 - 2011 (52 years,) we gained 4 Billion People.

It is estimated that between now (2012) and 2083 (71 Years) we will gain an additional 3 Billion.

We gained an average of 75 Million or better per year in the 1st 50 years.

We will get an average of just over 40 Million per year in the next 70 years.

Looks like the population is slowing down, to me~!

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