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Enviro Eco Nature    H2'ed 11/19/22

Humanity Just Hit Eight Billion On This Planet: What Does It Mean For America, Canada and Europe?

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This week, November 16, 2022, world demographers announced that the eight billionth human being just made his or her entry onto the planet. In just 12 years, from 2010, humans added another billion of themselves onto Earth. In another 12 years, humans will add another one billion of themselves, net gain, to our world.

At the same time, over 1,000,000,000 human beings live in extreme poverty with lack of clean water, food and shelter. Most of them live in Africa, India, South America, Mexico and Indochina. Over a half million of them live homeless in America.

As to poverty, 5,000,000 children starve to death annually. Another 8,000,000 adults die in various aspects of starvation, nutritional deprivation and disease. Oct 15, 2022: "How Many Children in the World are Starving? Research conducted by UNICEF in 2018 stated that 4.1 million children die from undernutrition every year, that's 45% of children under 5 years old in developing nations. One in six children (100 million) in developing nations is underweight and one in four of the world's children are stunted. Child mortality or the under-five mortality rate refers to the probability of a child dying between birth and exactly 5 years of age, expressed per 1,000 live births. In 2020, 5.0 million children under 5 years of age died. This translates to 13,800 children under the age of 5 dying every day in 2020. Globally, infectious diseases, including ...

In other words, there's a whole lot of death among third world nations that suffer massive, endless, exponential birth rates. While we're seeing extraordinary poverty/death rates, humans continue to procreate at a furious pace. Two billion more by mid-century.

What Does That Mean For First World Countries?

First of all, since Earth Day in 1970, Western countries chose birth control to birth two children per woman on average across Canada, America, Europe and Australia. Those countries stabilized their populations.

But the rest of the world exploded from 3.5 billion in 1970 to our current 8 billion in 2022. That's an addition of 4.5 billion "resource competitors" scrounging the planet for water, energy, food and resources.

More sobering stems from the fact that Africa at 1.4 billion in 2022 expects to reach 2.0 billion by 2050. India at 1.3 billion in 2022, will hit 1.55 billion by 2050. China, even with 1 child per family, will jump from 1.4 billion to 1.5 billion by 2050.

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Frosty Wooldridge Bio: Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His books (more...)
 
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