Ever-stringent fire and safety regulations gradually pushed the Hitt Fireworks Company out of business in the s, leaving only memories of what poet Arlene Naganawa called "the ruby flash" that "consumed the dark, then feathered into ash. He worked as a pharmacist in London after graduating inwith a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry, but continued experimenting with explosives. Hitt left London inwhen he emigrated to Victoria, British Columbia.
The 7 Billion Day is a sobering reminder of our planet's predicament. We are increasing by 10, an hour.
The median UN forecast is 9. By definition, total impact and consumption are worked out by measuring the average per person multiplied by the number of people.
Thus all environmental and many economic and social problems are easier to solve with fewer people, and ultimately impossible with ever more. It's a lot easier to feel sunny about the idea of the planet growing more crowded when the global economy is humming, there are few major conflicts ongoing and you can take a water bottle through airport security.
Things, of course, are a little darker inso suddenly more people just seem like more mouths to feed, more competitors at the marketplace, more straws in the milk shake. You can see it in the way that immigration has once again become a hot-button political issue in the U.
Are we going to breed ourselves out of existence? We're a long way from Soylent Green territory here.
In fact, the world is physically capable of feeding, sheltering and enriching many more people in the short term. Betweenat the dawn of the industrial age, andwhen the world economy entered recession, economic output per person increased elevenfold. Life expectancy tripled in the last few thousand years, to a global average of nearly 70 years.
The average number of children per woman fell worldwide to about 2. The world's population is growing at 1. The slowing growth rate enables families and societies to focus on the well-being of their children rather than the quantity.
It's notable that much of the concern over population growth tends to focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the developing world. That may be where population is growing fastest, but poor Ugandans and Nigerians use a tiny proportion of the world's resources compared with rich Westerners, even if our populations have begun to stabilize.
The population especially of the developing world is growing, and some people remain fixated on this.
They note that populations of countries like Kenya are growing rapidly, and they say that's a big problem. Yes, it is a problem for Kenya's more than 30 million people, but it's not a burden on the whole world, because Kenyans consume so little. Their relative per capita rate is 1.
A real problem for the world is that each of the million people in the U. With 10 times the population, the U. After all, as much as half the food produced worldwide ends up wasted, either rotting in the fields, the markets or in our refrigerator.
It's basically impossible to predict the future, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. But humanity has been pretty good so far at responding to the challenges this planet puts before us, and I see little reason to expect that will change. More people, after all, does mean more potential problem solvers, not just more mouths to feed.
But there's an undeniable cost to all these people and all this growth: Even as human beings have grown in numbers and wealth, becoming healthier and more robust, other species have suffered. A study last year in Science found that on average, 52 species of mammals, birds and amphibians move one category closer to extinction every year.
Another recent Science study found that humans are destroying apex predators like tigers, wolves or sharks, which then has a major knock-on effect down the food chain. And as our numbers increase, other species decrease. It's not exactly the overpopulated apocalypse that science fiction and some environmentalists would have us fear, but it would still be an incalculably lessened world.Social Dimensions of Immigration In addition to the demographic, labor market, and fiscal effects of immigration summarized in the previous chapters, how immigrants and their children will fit into American society now and in the future depends also on other aspects of immigration.
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