Monday, October 31, 2011

Reason #56: Counting

If the reports today about the world population hitting seven billion--only twelve years after six billion--are freaking you out a bit, well, good. But you may only have to freak out about 99.95% as much as you are, because the number everybody's referencing today comes from the UN, whereas the US Census Bureau's official estimate is 28 million lower. That would mean we've still got as much as four months before reaching the dreaded round number.

If that still freaks you out, well, again - that's good. But maybe take a moment and read The Coming Population Crash by Fred Pearce; there's substantial evidence that we may not continue for long on the skyrocketing path of the last hundred years or so.

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