Many experts predicted world population would stabilize around 9 billion souls by the middle of this century. However, according to the latest United Nations studies, growth will continue to the level of 10.1 billion by the year 2100.
The main reason for the higher figures can be attributed to rapid population growth in Africa. It could triple in this century from 1 billion to over 3.6 billion according to one UN report. A shocking setback for a continent already suffering from lack of food resources and drinkable water supplies.
Think our biggest headaches are global warming, starvation or pollution?
World population will pass the 7 billion milestone by this October. That comes only 12 years since the 6 billion mark was set in 1999. Efforts to curtail growth are clearly failing and the Third World will incur the brunt of this man made tragedy of epic proportions.
More human beings mean larger and more complex problems in a world that has surpassed its natural growth rate decades ago.
Dire consequences are deep and lasting throughout the world. The Population Council, a research group in New York, predicts it is possible to feed 10 billion people, but quickly concede a much lower number drastically reduces critical risk factors including climate conditions.
Proposals made at the politically handled Copenhagen Summit were meaningless unless the world population is held in check – which clearly is not happening.
The biggest disappointment is the “non-decline” of fertility in some poor countries as well as wealthier countries such as Denmark, Britain and the United States. In fact, the U.S. is growing faster than other industrialized nations due to its rapidly expanding immigration population among Hispanics.
U.S. population figures are predicted to rise from the current population of 312 million to over 478 million by the turn of the century. Where will the future housing and jobs come from?
The population explosion will force richer countries to curtail or stop free food and medical supplies to more needy nations. Efforts to feed their own growing populations will take priority. Future efforts must be focused more on programs encouraging family planning, birth control and AIDS prevention. Simply continuing to spend billions feeding an ignorant Third World is an act of futility.
Such efforts well-funded in the 1970’s have stagnated in many of the poorest countries. Ideology, abortion debates, religious beliefs and sex education are vital factors in the decline of knowledge and population control.
It is imperative that wealthier countries demand firmer control in this most important crisis of our times. Better organized educational programs and technical expertise are necessary. Time is running frightfully short and real answers are needed to reverse these dismal predictions.
There is no other answer but a plan to stop unnecessary breeding among humans. Without organized planning, world cooperation and population control, there will be no world sooner than later.
Every present and future planet problem can be directly traced to overpopulation. It is just that simple.
The clock is ticking.
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