One big problem is that mothers of poor families will have lots of children to help them when they grow old but they can't afford to bring up the children leading to even poorer children who repeat that cycle which is increasing the population.
@nxnn I think you're taking too global of a perspective. Overpopulation is ALREADY a problem in some areas of the world. Also space to hang your hat isn't the issue - it's resources like fresh water and food.
@jukeboxradio A law is not needed for this. It is well documented that as societies develop people have fewer children. Lesser developed societies value more children to ensure some live to be adults and to help with work that cannot be "outsourced" like in a developed society
@BigFish@LibertyLion@jukeboxradio Sharply and even declines to a negative rate. In fact the UN predicts the 1.3 Billion people in the developed world will not increase to even 1.4 Billion by 2050. Obviously this is still a huge potential problem, but I though this
@BigFish@LibertyLion@jukeboxradio at around 150 billion people for the entire earth to be like a fairly spread out urban area. Even at this rate that would take another 2000+ years. This doesn't even start to consider the fact that as societies develop population g
@BigFish@LibertyLion@jukeboxradio cont. This makes density at 390 people/sq mile. Most US cities appear to have densities in the 10K/sq mi range and even midwestern cities like Cleveland which is fairly spread out have densities of about 5k/sq mi. Meaning we would
@BigFish@LibertyLion@jukeboxradio Obviously this is over simplified but I think this puts it into perspective a little. According to the numbers I just googled we are gaining around 1 Billion people every 15 years putting us at around 9.6 in 2050. Earth has 24,642,
Only way to reduce overpopulation is to bring in law that only allows families a certain number of Kids, that would have to be a carrot and stick approach, i.e. a Tax break some kind. But I don't think that people would go for the government telling them what to do on ths
@LibertyLion I'd be interested in seeing the math that suggests that before the living conditions in India and China become an issue due to the strain on resources, we'll develop interstellar travel and send colony ships out.
I feel like I need to log in as @nxnn and say "the free market will take care of it". The scary thing is, he's right, realistically.
@BigFish @LibertyLion @jukeboxradio Sharply and even declines to a negative rate. In fact the UN predicts the 1.3 Billion people in the developed world will not increase to even 1.4 Billion by 2050. Obviously this is still a huge potential problem, but I though this