Story problem from Hell

In 2008, the world population was estimated to be 6,706,993,152. Reproducing at a rate of 353,015 births per day or about 4 per second but dying at a rate of 152,505 per day or about 1.8 per second, 75% of those deaths are due to hunger at a rate of one every 3.6 seconds. India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Indonesia account for half of the world’s population growth.

Habitable land on Earth represents 15,641,597,556 acres requiring an Ecological Footprint of 3.5 acres per average American. Habitable land on Earth represents 15,641,597,556 acres requiring an Ecological Footprint of 3.5 acres per average American. It has been estimated that 20 [percent] of the world’s cultivated topsoil was lost between 1950 and 1990.

In 1994, Jacques Cousteau bemoaned that “we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.” The Georgia Guidestones seek to “maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” How many humans must die per second in order to sustain that population?

Recommended viewing:

World Population
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BbkQiQyaYc

Required reading:

Extinction
http://www.skewsme.com/easterisland.html

Ecological Footprint & Carrying Capacity
http://bcn.boulder.co.us/basin/local/sustain6.htm

Hutchinson’s Encyclopaedia – soil erosion
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0024281.html

Population Growth Leading to Land Hunger
http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/Update21.htm


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