The landscape is barren. Think Easter Island. Over 98% of the country, including the mountainous areas, has been deforested. Eleven million people live on this small pile of rocks.
Globally, we're in a Great Extinction Event. The mess is most evident in places like Haiti and Africa, but our reaction is to send some food, medical aid and UN troops. It seems like the root of the problem, overpopulation, will be ignored until we reach a point at which no technology will be able to save our interconnected bacon. If we haven't already reached it.

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Yup,the obvious answer is the one we never look at..it's always too many deer,too many wolves,too many whatever,but never ever too many humans.
So, will the islands of comfort and plenty just keep getting smaller, with more and more people left outside the gates? I can see the last bastions of science, technology and resources finally being overrun - unless the haves decide to cull the herd. We need Steven Spielberg to do a remake of Soylent Geen, with state-of-the-art effects, and a good script based on real biology.
It's like the crackers in the U.S. side hate the Mexicans
and the Spanish ? Latin version of cathxtian...? hate the African/Hatians...

Remember, there's history and much hatred in regards to owning the land there for some, historical reason...
as usual.
Growth is what provides the drive to advance technology. We'll either find a way to feed everyone or we will experience a catastrophe. If you want to curb human breeding, make cable television available to everyone in the world.
Growth is what provides the drive to advance technology. Michael Black

Good point, but not a not a happy one. This growth rate can't continue but the alternative is stagnation. I think you've put the last nail in the coffin.

It's not stagnation, it's equilibrium. Stagnation in that sense is but an economics concept developed by the rich elite to bitch that they aren't getting richer fast enough. For the majority of humanity, equilibrium is the best place to be.

Just look at the basic model for bacterial growth and you can already predict what will happen: lag, log, stationary, die out.

You'll never get people to control their reproduction. It's too ugly a thing for people to contemplate and so they won't. If it's any consolation we'll probably be dead before the die out phase starts.
That's my consolation. I'm confident that I'll have my Häagen-Dazs. Too bad about the future.
You know if we don't send anything to Haiti that will be elven million people less to worry about....
Just look at the basic model for bacterial growth and you can already predict what will happen: lag, log, stationary, die out.

In other words, if we don't control our population voluntarily, it will be controlled for us...if you're running and about to hit a wall, you can either stop, or the wall will stop you.
It's a shame, too. We have the answers, just not the political will.
"In other words, if we don't control our population voluntarily, it will be controlled for us...if you're running and about to hit a wall, you can either stop, or the wall will stop you."
Yup. That's how it works.

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