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|Typical beach in China|
China expects to jump from 1.35 billion to 1.5 billion by 2050. It faces horrific environmental consequences today. Ironically, even with 1 child per woman birth policy, China continues adding 8 million annually via "population momentum."
As a naïve, youthful world bicycle traveler back in 1984, I toured through China when it opened up to international visitors. You can imagine my joy — fulfilling my teenage dream to walk on the Great Wall of China.
But what really impacted me: wall-to-wall people. Every piece of land bloomed with crops. Every nook and cranny filled with people. They jammed every city. They overflowed every sector of that ancient land. Their plight stunned me. Today, they drive down 50 lane freeways and breathe toxic air along with horrifically polluted rivers like the Yangtze. That one visit changed my life by changing my perceptions concerning the end result of too many people.
At the time, Dr. Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, described the horrific consequences of overpopulation. However, the mainstream media degraded him and his figures. Today, his figures play out on a world scale even more terrifying than when he wrote the book: 10 million children die of starvation annually. Another 8 million adults die of poverty and lack of food, annually. Another 1.5-2.0 billion cannot secure clean drinking water. Billions live in what scientists call "The Human Misery Index." Hopeless, helpless and no way to change it!
Unfortunately, all of Ehrlich's detractors never visited India or China. Their worldviews stemmed from their limited experiences in America, Canada or Europe. They echoed the famed economist Julian Simon's boasts that this planet housed enough resources for 10,000 years for unlimited numbers of humans. Dr. Albert Bartlett, University of Colorado, named him an "innumerate" or mathematically illiterate.
Later, economist Kenneth Boulder, University of Colorado, stated, "anyone who thinks we can continue population expansion is either an economist or a madman."
All the while, humans add another 80 million, net gain, of themselves to this planet, annually. Even with one child per woman birthrates in China for over 35 years, because of "population momentum" (so many women birthing one child), China adds 8,000,000 (million) annually.
While China continues its human numbers explosion, it degrades its quality of life and standard of living to levels beyond our understanding. China forges toward endless concrete jungles for cities, vanishing wilderness that creates severe animal extinction rates and a complete breakdown of ecology as to air, water and soil.
It constructs one new coal-fired electrical plant every week of the year. It adds 27,000,000 (million) new cars, net gain, annually according to an NBC Nightly News report with Lester Holt. It offers 50 lanes one way of traffic. It suffers under toxic air pollution so severe that lung cancer rates explode in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
|Typical city in China|
While the world burns 94 million barrels of oil 24/7 in 2016, experts predict that China expects to burn 98 million barrels of oil annually by 2030 — a scant 14 years from now. While everyone wants to drop the 'carbon footprint' from fossil fuel exhaust, all the efforts of www.350.org equate to a total waste of time. Meanwhile, all of humanity faces "catastrophic climate destabilization" such as what happened in New Orleans and Baton Rouge this month. Additionally, Katrina, Sandy and Haiyan in the Philippines. It's only going to worsen as we destabilize Earth's biosphere with our carbon emissions.
All that carbon exhaust suffocates the oceans as they "ingest" all that waste dumped into our biosphere. Results vary from "acidified" oceans where the normal PH balance no longer exists. Thus, phyto-planktons that create 80 percent of our oxygen supply appear to be in grave danger. Worldwide reefs die out at an ever-increasing rate of speed.
China's water usage, energy usage, food consumption and resource depletion reaches unimaginable stratospheric levels as they mechanize everything in order to grow into the wealth of Western countries. But before the middle of this century, China, along with all fossil fuel driven civilizations, must contend with the end of oil:
The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime...so I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and the world reserves move toward depletion, we will be left with an enormous population...that the ecology of the earth will not support. The journey back toward non-oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hyper growth was simply a side-effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it. (James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency).If the energy crisis doesn't impact China, water shortages most certainly will. According to Professor Benjamin, Sovacool from Aarhus University:
It's a huge problem that the electricity sector do not even realize how much water they actually consume. And together with the fact that we do not have unlimited water resources, it could lead to a serious crisis if nobody acts on it soon.When you include the agricultural sector with vanishing ground water, a "Perfect Storm" builds throughout China and India.
|Typical river in China|
As to China's rivers, they run in raw sewage, hundreds if not thousands of chemicals and more toxic waste than anyone comprehends. The Yangtze River dumps trillions of gallons of lethal waste into the oceans 24/7. It features an astounding 20,000 square mile 'dead zone' at its mouth. That means all vertebrate marine creatures cannot live within those toxic waters. Dozens of such poisoned rivers flow into the ocean from China. Nonetheless, those toxic waters flow around the world to poison marine habitats everywhere.
You cannot comprehend China's ordeal unless you visited that ancient civilization. It's out of control of itself. I'm only touching the surface of China's predicament. As it continues adding eight million people, net gain, annually, every problem it faces can only worsen by a factor of 8,000,000 — to the point of "NO" solutions and total breakdown.
Addendum: Impact on Canada
But the Chinese show exceptional intelligence in escaping to first world countries. Today, Chinese immigrants have taken over Richmond, BC, and Markham, Ontario, and are in the process of fully colonizing Vancouver, Toronto, as well as many areas within Canada. They are buying huge tracts of land in the north, our minerals, and resources to feed their massive population. And they are taking over all the best real estate in Vancouver and are now moving on the pristine Atlantic regions to devour the clean water and the beautiful greenish areas.
Chinese dictate to the Canadians as they take over schools and local governments. They chain-migrate their families into Canada. Entire cities on America's West Coast house only Chinese, speak only Chinese and hold allegiance only to China. They also continue massive chain-migration into America. Chinese money buys farmlands in Asia and in South America. China's people compete to move to Canada, Australia, Europe and America. They even feature "birth tourism" websites to secure "American citizenship" by their women birthing a child over here.
As this enormous flood of humanity adds one billion every 12 years and a total of three billion, (3,000,000,000) added by mid century to rise from 7.3 billion in 2016 to 10.1 billion in 2050 — everyone and all of us, and every Western nation faces horrific environmental consequences, quality of life degradation and immigration consequences on a scale unknown in all of our history as a species.
Don't buy into the farce that Chinese are "enriching" Canada culturally; they are taking it over demographically and economically as a country that can absorb the ever-growing hordes of Chinese thirsting to reproduce themselves and as a country with resources to keep China's economy running.