Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The World's population can fit comfortably in Texas

As a whole (water included) Texas has a square footage of about 7,488, 166,118,400.

The current world population is in the neighborhood of 6.8 billion. (with an estimated groth of about 4 billion in the next 50 years)

Divide the current world population into the square footage of Texas results in each person of the world having over 1000 (1089 to be closer to exact) square feet to himself or herself.

Makes me wonder if over population is all it's cracked up to be.

3 comments:

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Nope. It's not all it's cracked up to be. (Imagine how much food the farmers of the world could make if they used American methods.....)

Same as it was back when folks first came up with it, it's a failure of imagination-- they look around, see the slums of their high-population area, and extrapolate it across the entire world.

James said...

this is a nice little math problem, but it doesn't come close to realizing the true scope of our population.

please read this:
http://www.ishmael.com/Interaction/QandA/Detail.CFM?Record=443

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

...And that link (which I used google cache to check, just in case-- had a couple of nasty sites linked as useful) does the standard "change the subject" trick.

The statement "the world's population, if put in Texas, would have over a thousand square feet per person" is not a suggestion that we should put everyone there, or that they could support themselves on it, or anything else; it is a way to help visualize the "problem."

Also makes the standard population control mistake of assuming that the way things are is the way they must be, and that technology can't be improved. (I'd settle for other areas learning to do what we do with land, but that's neither here nor there.)

Incidentally, my three-person family (with an open invitation to two more, if they'd ever just accept it) live on a house-footprint of less than 600 square feet. (two story townhouse) It's roomy with just the three of us.

The "problem" with this example is that it very clearly lets you realize the scope of our population.

(Incidentally... if we magically were all moved to Texas, our room to grow food would go up-- most cities are built on prime farmland, because it's flat, had water already, and is generally cheap because the kids all moved to the city and taxes were so high on that much land; the way that cities ALWAYS seem to be built on the best farmland is a minor worry among folks who actually deal with the food supply.)

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