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Is the world overpopulated?

are resources running out because there are too many people?

  • Sep 15 2012: Resources such as fresh water, oil, fertilisers and fertile farmland are running out.
    Granted that already food is not being distributed equatably around the world due to finance and political reasons.
    In Australia the best land is being used for housing for expanding cities, land degradation due to drought and salinity is worsening and cities are forced to build desalination plants to provide water to their citizens. Many farmers are also destroying their crops because they can't get an income from them due to cheaper imports from China.
    Even without the inequities of money and corporate greed, resources are running out and we will have to share the remaining resources with the third world countries.
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    Sep 15 2012: ignorance is no excuse.
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    Sep 15 2012: The world is not getting overpopulated. Resources are not evenly distributed; and there is so much pride, selfishness and greed.
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    Sep 15 2012: 100 years back there were much less people in the planet but lot more hunger also ......just taking 1 basic criteria.
    Now what is the definition of being "over populated" ?
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    Sep 15 2012: No
  • Sep 15 2012: "Is the world overpopulated?

    are resources running out because there are too many people?"

    It depends on what standard of living you are aspiring to: it is impossible for all 7 billion of us to lead a Western lifestyle with the current state of technology, especially when you have millionaires and billionaires around. Of course technology will progress and global population growth is slowing and expected to stop when we hit 9 billion around 2050, so one day we can all live with a high standard of living, but currently the world can indeed be considered overpopulated: the strain on the environment is very serious in many parts of the world and malthusian situations coupled with a level of extinction of plants and animals this planet hasn't seen in 65 million years, would surely occur before the end of this century if technological progress was halted today.
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    Sep 14 2012: Certain areas in the world are overpopulated like the big cities and towns. However, there are many remote areas all over the world which can accommodate more people.
    If the population was spread equally throughout all the areas of the world, It would not seem so overpopulated,
  • Sep 14 2012: there is enough for every one

    the saddest thing is that many doesn't know when it is enough...
    • Sep 14 2012: i agree ... resources are still enough, maybe not for a long time
      managing these resources is governed by greed so far, sustainable management is the key and empathy would play such a great role to do the change.
    • Sep 15 2012: Not quite, there is enough food and water for everyone, but beyond that there is actually a shortage of some metals (there's not enough copper left to fit the entire world with copper powerlines for example).
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    Sep 14 2012: No. There are too many greedy people...

    • Sep 14 2012: Hi Peter

      Greed is good, but it must have limits

      I am a greedy person, I want to collect things that money can't buy...

      things such as: memories, wisdom, kindness, respect, love, as much as possible