Looks like there's no "Population Bomb" after all

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    Poor Paul Ehrlich, wrong yet again. I wonder if ANY of these alarmists clowns will EVER get ANYTHING correct. Oh well, no matter. It seems that just like I predicted the worlds population is indeed slowing down, and in places at a prodigous rate.


    "This is a counterintuitive notion in the United States, where we’ve heard often and loudly that world population growth is a perilous and perhaps unavoidable threat to our future as a species. But population decline is a very familiar concept in the rest of the developed world, where fertility has long since fallen far below the 2.1 live births per woman required to maintain population equilibrium. In Germany, the birthrate has sunk to just 1.36, worse even than its low-fertility neighbors Spain (1.48) and Italy (1.4). The way things are going, Western Europe as a whole will most likely shrink from 460 million to just 350 million by the end of the century. That’s not so bad compared with Russia and China, each of whose populations could fall by half. As you may not be surprised to learn, the Germans have coined a polysyllabic word for this quandary: Schrumpf-Gessellschaft, or “shrinking society.”


    American media have largely ignored the issue of population decline for the simple reason that it hasn’t happened here yet. Unlike Europe, the United States has long been the beneficiary of robust immigration. This has helped us not only by directly bolstering the number of people calling the United States home but also by propping up the birthrate, since immigrant women tend to produce far more children than the native-born do.


    But both those advantages look to diminish in years to come. A report issued last month by the Pew Research Center found that immigrant births fell from 102 per 1,000 women in 2007 to 87.8 per 1,000 in 2012. That helped bring the overall U.S. birthrate to a mere 64 per 1,000 women—not enough to sustain our current population.


    Moreover, the poor, highly fertile countries that once churned out immigrants by the boatload are now experiencing birthrate declines of their own. From 1960 to 2009, Mexico’s fertility rate tumbled from 7.3 live births per woman to 2.4, India’s dropped from six to 2.5, and Brazil’s fell from 6.15 to 1.9. Even in sub-Saharan Africa, where the average birthrate remains a relatively blistering 4.66, fertility is projected to fall below replacement level by the 2070s. This change in developing countries will affect not only the U.S. population, of course, but eventually the world’s."





    World population may actually start declining, not exploding. - Slate Magazine
     
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    I had six kids, my dad had seven and my mother had nine in her family growing up. If you don't like the way the world is, breed! It's fun, believe it or not.
     
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    Yes, well, unlike you, I really am a conservationist, and limited my production to just one child who I absolutely adore. Funny how all the yahoo's who advocate eugenics and draconian population and energy controls are all outright hypocrites and breed like rats.
     
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    It takes two to have a child.
     
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    All the k00k prognostications have been exposed as mega-frauds........peak oil......population doomsday's......gigantic hurricanes as a constant.........

    All BS.............of course, even funnier is all the dopes who bought into it!!!:eusa_dance:
     
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    You are going to have fewer hurricanes, but more intense.

    So tell me how the world can't run out of oil? Is it infinite? Our world is only so damned big!
     
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    Whhaaaaa? As Jon Stewart would say. The original claim was there would be MORE and more powerful hurricanes. Neither have been true. Sandy was barely a Class One at landfall and had dropped to a tropical storm by the time she was 5 miles inland so that's a fail.
     
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    I didn't make the claim.
     
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    Boy, oh, boy. Old man, go to New Jersey and state that idiocy.

    Here are the stats on Sandy from the Scientific American. Of course, the title of the magazine has science in it, so you will dispute whatever it states.

    The Stats Are In: Superstorm Sandy Totals: Scientific American
     
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    Sandy, a thousand mile wide cat 1, just a minor storm.
     

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