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Old 07-28-2006, 07:24 AM   #21
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Actually Scientific American had a terrific article about population growth in their Jan 06 issue. The article essentially stated that the hysteria about population growth stripping resources etc was unfounded. The authors pointed out that global birth trends are actually going down in developed nations. Almost all population growth comes from third world countriesand as these countries develop, birth rates decline. You need to be a subscriber to see the article but the main web page is here: http://www.sciam.com/
This is why I have been skeptical of global warming over the years (but don't pile on, if you check the earlier threads on GW you will see that I have converted to a sorta believer recently). I remember the horror stories of "the population explosion" from the 60s/70s, backed up with all sorts of stats to prove we would be eating each other (a la Soylent Green) by now. I also remember the US specific "Workforce 2000" scare in the early 90s, also backed up by a variety of theorists. Neither scenario came to pass and, in fact, the opposite seems to have occured. Now, in the developed world, the fear is that not enough workers are being born to sustain productivity. Immigration is a partial solution but presents the danger of cultural/political instability. Population growth in the third world may be a continuing problem but , based on earlier prognostications, who knows?
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Re: Picture Proof of Global Warming-Gore Celebrates
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Hmmm

Isn't it amazing all the data/theory/speculation we can get from examing the picture that started this thread.

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I remember the horror stories of "the population explosion" from the 60s/70s, backed up with all sorts of stats to prove we would be eating each other (a la Soylent Green) by now.
Ah yes, "Limits to Growth" by the "Club of Rome", "Global Cooling" and all those other popular 1970s theories*

The problem is that "past performance does not guarantee future results". At this point demographers think that development and better infant health care lead to a temporary baby boom, which then dissipates as families realize that they no longer need to have 6 children. Hence the predicted stabilization of the planet's population by the middle of the 21st century. But who knows what these pesky humans will actually do?
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Maybe the authors haven't tried to drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco.
Who would ever leave Santa Rosa? lol.. seriously, that is a brutal drive but it is really just poor planning - 90% of the road only has 2 lanes in each direction!* A few more lanes in each direction and you'd probably be singing a different tune....
I've read that by the time most road projects designed to reduce congestion are completed, the traffic has increased enough that the congestion is just as bad as it was.* That is, unless some concrete panels fall on the cars.
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I've read that by the time most road projects designed to reduce congestion are completed, the traffic has increased enough that the congestion is just as bad as it was. That is, unless some concrete panels fall on the cars.
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That is, unless some concrete panels fall on the cars.
The new Big Dig slogan: "It's not a bug, it's a feature!" :P
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Who would ever leave Santa Rosa? lol.. seriously, that is a brutal drive but it is really just poor planning - 90% of the road only has 2 lanes in each direction!* A few more lanes in each direction and you'd probably be singing a different tune....

I've read that by the time most road projects designed to reduce congestion are completed, the traffic has increased enough that the congestion is just as bad as it was.* That is, unless some concrete panels fall on the cars.
Yes!!! It was awhile back, but I read about a guy who only worked for the highway department from 18 or so until he retired a few years ago.. worked 30 years... all on ONE highway. I-45 South in Houston... it goes from Houston down to Galveston. They would complete a section, then move to the next section... and then start all over again at the beginning... never was 'completed' all the way.
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I really was thinking more in this direction.

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You're just mad cuz you have legs.
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