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In biology or human geography, population growth is the increase in the number of individuals in a population. Many of the world's countries, including many in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia, have seen a sharp rise in population since the end of the Cold War.


The fear is that high population numbers are putting further strain on natural resources, food supplies, fuel supplies, employment, housing, etc., in some of the less fortunate countries. For example, the population of Chad has ultimately grown from 6,279,921 in 1993 to 10,329,208 in 2009, further straining its resources. Niger, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the DRC are witnessing a similar growth in population.




Graph showing population growth in billions of humans




The ease of human procreation and thoughtless reproduction led to a huge spurt in world population even in locations that cannot support families.


For example, in Africa if they over-populate, their children die because there is not enough food and water to feed them in a land that cannot support life with crops or game as the planet warms. They copulate in ignorance, and for entertainment, lacking contraception.


This is natural population control and a lesson for us all. Nature is hard, to be kind. Something that humans cannot do, where the urge is to render assistance. Hence United Nations food relief, for the displaced in particular, to stave off cannibalism. Where human flesh is a high protein food source in extremis, but typically, families tend not to eat loved ones. They will eat strangers, in times gone by regarded as windfall delicacy and fair game. Herman Melville wrote about south sea island cannibals in his books. See Typee.


In humanitarian terms, it is a disaster. Inhospitable regions are growing in size, leading to refugee movements, grain and other aid and water being supplied with climate change implications.


One the one hand we have reduced agricultural land from desertification, on the other our fish stocks are being poisoned with the ingestion of carcinogenic micro-plastics. The net effect is to amplify the impending food crisis, accelerating to crunch time, when coastal communities will be forced to eat contaminated seafood, to balance reduced grain and livestock produce. This will stave off hunger, but lead to agonizing deaths from cancer, should the victims live long enough for tumors and the like to develop.




Map of the world showing population growth



But we only have one planet to feed a growing population. The whole world could soon be a dust bowl like some parts of Africa. We are not yet advanced enough to colonize other worlds - and never will be at this rate. We need to fix Planet A.


In Africa we rush food and water to keep people alive artificially as Humanitarian Aid. It is in the nature of folk to save lives, though supporting life where nature did not intend increases carbon footprints.


Not so for the politicians who are doing nothing about Global Warming. It is in their nature to exploit and kill people for profit. While Adolf Hitler openly exterminated millions in his death camps, modern politicians just let climate change roll on.


Without lifting a finger they are extinguishing life on earth just as surely as if they had lit the gas burners. Indeed, starting millions of petrol engines is like lighting the gas burners. Failing to effect a transition to safe energy is just as bad.






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