SCARY: Population Hits 7 Billion
Halloween may have its roots in dealings with the dead, but this year a more frightening specter hovers as the human population hits 7 billion living individuals.
Population is often the elephant in the room when discussing local and global problems of resource extraction, water shortage, the giant Pacific garbage patch and other environmental damage. To acknowledge a limit to Earth’s carrying capacity — especially given our unsustainable lifestyles — is sacrilegious in some circles. Every sperm is sacred. Birth control threatens to diminish the pool of consumers required by Wall-Mart.