Response to a foolish professor
Professor of human geography at the University of Sheffield, Danny Dorling, has made a right fool of himself, in extracts of his book, published in the Geographical magazine.
Dorling has a right old go at Thomas Robert Malthus for his ignorance and worry about the human population 'timebomb'. Dorling repeatedly calls him a fool, although Malthus lacked the professor's hindsight - by about 200 years years. Malthus died in 1834.
So Dorling would have us believe that there is no population 'bomb' and that we shouldn't be 'concerned' about overpopulation.
I understand that wealth, health and education inhibits large families, however, Dorling seems to have neglected the results of overpopulation - which are too many to mention.
But here's a few obvious ones to consider. The more people there are, given a catastrophe like huge storms, earthquakes or tsunamis, more people will die, more people will be affected, needing help and rescue.
More people means needing more resources - more forests cut down, eco-systems lost and less biodiversity.
More people means more pollution - at present 14 billion pounds of mostly plastic waste are dumped into the oceans, killing 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals.
Over fishing is a world wide problem, to feed not just a still expanding human population, but its pet dogs and cats too.
Water scarcity affects 2.8 billion people and 1.2 billion lack access to clean drinking water - an estimated 5,000 people die every day from this.
Malnutrition affects 1 in 12 people worldwide. Half of all child deaths are caused by malnutrition.
Over the last one hundred years it has been estimated that more than 81 million people have died in famines.
[Don't worry there's plenty for everyone!!!]
It all makes the professor look a bit stupid, doesn't it?
I'm sure you could cram another 10, 20, 50 billion humans (and their pets) onto the planet Earth, but not without climate change, biodiversity loss, famine and pollution. Not with our history; not with our present technology.
There's already too many humans on the planet - the 'bomb' has gone off many times - but human resilience turns a deaf ear.