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Post Malthus...and the Mice of Hommerts
Created by John Eipper on 07/06/19 3:13 AM

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Malthus...and the Mice of Hommerts (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 07/06/19 3:13 am)

I appreciate the July 5th posts of Cameron Sawyer and Tor Guimaraes, but this time I have to choose and I have to side with Tor (and JE).

On the climate change matter, we know what to do and we have to do it much faster, but we do not act.

With Tor, however, I would like to add one point.  The present demographic explosion is a terrible danger. I believe that the optimal world population existed in 1941, with a total of 2.187 billion (Europe 531, Asia 1206, Africa 161, North America 185, South America 93 and Oceania 11).

Of course with such human figures the world's pollution would not be a big deal, even with a powerful leader like Trump.

On a second thought, good old Trump may be the "preventive and positive check" previewed by the theory propounded by Malthus in 1798.

In fact Trump's actions/laws will considerably worsen the ecological conditions of the world, provoking unstoppable invasions which will be met with stronger and stronger reactions leading to millions of deaths and continuous destruction by natural and human events, by which the world population will decrease.

But do not worry.  The process will start again as humanity will most probably be unable to understand and so on until the end when humanity finally decides to follow the example of the mice of Hommerts in the Netherlands. Enjoy.

JE comments:  What do these mice know that we don't?


Hans Rosling does not see overpopulation as a major danger, but let's re-examine Eugenio Battaglia's position.  Can the world support its present 7.7 billion?  What about double that?  Something has to give, and it's probably going to be our planet.

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