According to worried researchers at a recent US science conference, the planet cannot continue to sustain its present population targets without becoming ‘unrecognisable’ to how we view it today.
The report indicates that the planet could be headed towards an apocalyptic Mad Max type world, one where the price of food and other resources could quickly spiral out of control if the population surges to 10 billion as predicted in 2050.
The researchers don’t paint such a rosy figure for the next 40 years: a world where resources are scarce and countries fight wars with one another to secure resources. One population expert says part of the solution rests with proper family planning initiatives. But seriously, where’s Mel Gibson where you need him?