Defusing the Population Bomb

Let’s shoot the breeze on “World’s overpopulation”. Compare today to the way things were a decade or a century ago. Analysis reveals that, contrary to previous literature, the world population is unlikely to stop growing this century. There is an 80% probability that the world population, now 7.6 billion people, will escalate to between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion in 2100 which sounds alarming.

Scrutinizing today’s climate and ecological imbalance is proof of overpopulation. It wasn’t concerning until now, because for thousands of years humans only hovered in millions. But by 1800, they were a billion of us, and then things escalated fast because it took only 123 years to double that and 47 more to double again and by the 1970’s 5th,6th, and 7th billion have arrived every 12 years, so it depends on how it becomes an “overpopulation”.

Way back in 1798, an English economist, Thomas Malthus warned us on population extension which will lead to global mass starvation and conflicts. He underestimated that humanity’s ability to enlarge Earth’s capacity was science. Later in the ’20s, it was predicted that overpopulation would outpace diseases, poverty, and environmental demolition. Blood-curdling!

In 1700, advances in agriculture and transportation meant fewer people starved. Later, during the industrial revolution, it was less disease and higher living standards leading to a diminished demise rate which made people have lots of babies, escorting rapid population growth. Education and opportunities ameliorated, families started to have fewer babies making the population grow slow. Eventually when the birth and demise rate lay low makes the population stable or shrink.

While population growth was slowing or deducing in many developed countries, it was just hoisting in other places. But developing nations are moving expeditiously through the transitions like the UK took 95 years to halve the birth rate, Iran just 10.

The challenge today is defusing few population cluster bombs and there are 2 ways to accomplish this, escalate women’s education, It improves child’s health and a better family plan this can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wind energy by 2050. Developed nations will have to diminish their impact.

There are consequences for everything, but under the right circumstances, the population sway themselves, and surviving without ruining nature won’t be facile. While history taught us that the population has natural checks and balances, We still need to find a curb for creating new ways to live and recognize the importance of a sustainable growth strategy and global cooperation to achieve it.

We all worry about overpopulation, but not at the right time. The real problem is what the population is doing. So take the bull by the horns, its our WORLD.

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