What would happen if 30 to 60% of the population on every continent died?
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03-10-2017, 03:35 AM
RE: What would happen if 30 to 60% of the population on every continent died?
(25-09-2017 03:38 PM)Thoreauvian Wrote:  
(25-09-2017 03:18 PM)Erikjust Wrote:  So let's say someone makes an epidemic and it spreads to every country on Earth. It's just as lethal as the original black death was. And to make matters worse, there's no cure. Our modern day medicines don't work on this.

When it finally ends, 30 to 60% of the population on every continent is dead. I wonder, how would it effect our society and how long would it take us to recover from such a disaster?

Given the fact that we have so many extra people in the world due to over-population, we could likely recover very quickly. Further, such a reduction in population would give us more time to deal with the effects of climate change, since it would immediately reduce the total human carbon footprint.

Housing prices would plummet, since supply would vastly outstrip demand. Some economies of scale would falter and go bankrupt. For instance, food prices would drop with demand and many farmers would go out of business. The people who were left would have more riches to divide between them, which would help many in poorer countries. Conflicts of various sorts would therefore be reduced. People would pull together to fix what was broken.

It would have no impact on global warming. You have to bear in mind that the majority of global warming is caused by a minority of people. The average American uses twice as much energy as the average European, and the average European uses over twice as much energy as everyone else. About 25 percent of the global population is responsible for about 80 percent of global warming emissions-- with Americans being by far the worst offenders. Reducing the population of the world won't reduce emissions significantly.
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03-10-2017, 06:25 AM
RE: What would happen if 30 to 60% of the population on every continent died?
(03-10-2017 03:35 AM)Yonadav Kenyon Wrote:  It would have no impact on global warming. You have to bear in mind that the majority of global warming is caused by a minority of people. The average American uses twice as much energy as the average European, and the average European uses over twice as much energy as everyone else. About 25 percent of the global population is responsible for about 80 percent of global warming emissions-- with Americans being by far the worst offenders. Reducing the population of the world won't reduce emissions significantly.

It would if 30 to 60% of Americans and Europeans died, and even that same percentage of others in the world is no small impact either.

I = P x A x T

Vary population, and you change the total equation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_%3D_PAT
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03-10-2017, 06:33 AM
RE: What would happen if 30 to 60% of the population on every continent died?
I suspect that we may find out in the next few decades.
A pandemic is inevitable.

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