Date: Tue 10 Dec 2002 - 00:06:19 GMT
> > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 12:45:52 -0600
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: RE: Why Europe is so Contrary
> >> Joe said:
> >>> Yep, pollution (including ozone layer depletion and global
> >>> warming), natural resource depletion (including deforestation) and
> >>> species diversity loss all have as their common denominator human
> >>> overpopulation. Until this root cause is responsibly addressed,
> >>> we will be stuck with its disastrous effects.
> >> I disagree Joe. The so-called developed nations are not too badly
> >> overpopulated but they are the most harmful. IMO it is greed that
> >> is the cause of depletion and pollution. Jeremy
> > No, our pushing the environment to make so much more food and allow
> > populations to increase beyond their land's natural
> > starvation/famine limit, and our ability to thwart disease epidemics
> > (the animal equivalents of periodic forest fires), has caused many
> > areas to be overpopulated to levels many times their human load in
> > all of recorded history, and still the breeding continues. When the
> > new, greater limits are themselves breached (as Malthus assures us
> > they always will be), the results appear even more disastrous,
> > because there are many more living to die.
> I agree. Today's Guardian (UK paper) illustrated a story about
> Bangladesh. Well meaning folk drilled millions (their figure) of wells
> to alleviate the fact that their was not enough potable water for
> people or crops in this over populated land (if it was not
> overpopulated there would be enough) The net result is that: A) they
> are draining non renewable aquifers and that B) they were tainted by
> arsenic anyway due to the geology of the region and so caused an even
> bigger problem.
> We are increasingly living on techno fix to sort our problems, but
> they only work if you have the cash and the technology. I am not
> saying, however, that technology is not the answer (or at least one of
> them) but the reality to me is that there are too many people, finite
> resources, and an expanding population.
> We have nearly reached the limits of our present ecological niche and
> must expand it (techno) change it (space etc) or live within it, and a
> few diseases that are becoming anti biotic resistant may help us.
> Regards, on a not too cheery note,
I like agreement; I am only regretful that we agree upon such a negative prognosis.
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