The Question (ID Number 672)...
...and the response:The WHO projection would make perfect sense if the REST of the earth's living community remained stable. Unfortunately, it is NOT remaining stable. In order to sustain a human population of 6 billion humans the rest of the living community is losing upwards of 200 species a day--70,000 species a year. It is well recognized that we are in a period of mass extinction, for which the vastness of the human population is directly responsible. This fact alone assures us that a human population of 6 billion is not sustainable; the living community (of which we are a part) simply cannot indefinitely sustain a loss of 200 species a day. As our population grows, the number of extinctions will increase, probably geometrically. At a human population of 12 billion, the number of extinctions might be a thousand a day or ten thousand a day. The fact that OUR population might be stable at 12 billion would not mean that the REST of the living community would be stable--and our survival depends absolutely on its survival. The "experts" you speak of are still possessed of the ancient (and biologically ridiculous) idea that humanity is a species that is separate from the rest of the living community--and can live independently of that community.
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