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(io9)   "Extreme human longevity would not pose threat to planet" claims author who has never heard of how much damage people with today's average lifespan can do already   ( divider line
    More: Unlikely, radiation damages, E.O. Wilson, malthusian, human biology, Green Revolution, longevity, social institutions, sustainable agriculture  
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715 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Oct 2013 at 6:57 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-02 07:02:16 PM  
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Not only should we colonize as much of the universe as possible, we should simultaneously increase our life-spans to near immortality.

/ There, that oughta do it.
2013-10-02 08:03:04 PM  
1 vote:

It's not our longevity, it's our consumption.

If nothing else changed, adding 1 billion "average humans" wouldn't harm the planet nearly as much as 1 billion existing non-Americans starting to consume like Americans do.

One of the things I've always found amusing / depressing about discussions of climate change is the "but... but... China!" argument.

It's true. China did recently catch up with the US as far as carbon production.

Mind you, they have four times the population. So basically you have one obese guy at the buffet saying "What are you looking at me for? Those four skinny chinese at the next table over had just as much as I did!"
2013-10-02 07:44:19 PM  
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Not my idea but a decent one: Require that women of childbearing age who want to be on welfare have an IUD inserted. Go off welfare, get it removed ( if they want). Want a lifetime of even more freebies? Opt for sterilization. This plus education and oddly enough- soap operas in poor, rural areas with high birthrates  (again, not my idea- women see that the stars on the soap operas don't have 19 kids and they try to emulate them) will help bring about sustainability..
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