Is Human Overpopulation a Real Problem? How About Global Warming? (Charts and Graphs)

Croud of people- overpopulationJust like so-called global warming, the overpopulation myth is all about the money, and it’s so easy to prove. To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, even a fifth-grader could do it.

Do you believe there is an overpopulation problem? Do you believe in global warming? Are you smarter than a fifth-grader? Let’s do some math and science…

Climatologists and meteorologists agree that we have been in a cooling trend for the past fifteen years. Some scientists are now more concerned about global cooling these days.

But does that stop the fire-hydrant of money funneling to the likes of Al Gore? No way. So now they simply call it climate change. This way, they have both sides covered.

And, these same people will scare school-children with both global warming and the overpopulation myth too. Apparently, there are just too many people in this world, and it’s causing global warming. Today’s assignment kids- what are we to do about it?

I have a better question: Is there really a problem?

First, let’s look at the claim- according to the hysteria supporters, both overpopulation and global warming have the same outcome- too much greenhouse gases (CO2).

World Bank Carbon Emissions ChartBut is it true? Let’s take a look at reality. See this chart? It shows actual CO2 emissions in the US since 1960. Hmmm, it looks like it’s been going down since 1973, when gas-guzzling cars ruled the streets, and would for years to come. I guess carbon emissions from cars and trucks isn’t the culprit.

How about overpopulation?

All those darn people must be letting off a bunch of gas, clogging up the atmosphere, right? Let’s see. If this is true, it should be easy to prove. After all, the countries with the most people should have the most CO2.

world-co2-emissions-mapHere’s a map of the world showing each country according to the amount of greenhouse gases. It looks like the US and China are the biggest culprits, followed by Russia and India, followed by Canada and Mexico among others. Don’t those greedy bastards know they are ruining the environment with all those people crammed into such a small space? Oh wait, how did Canada get on that list? Have you ever been to Canada? I have. There are like, twelve people there. (Just kidding.)

But seriously, let’s look at people-per-square-mile. Surely that will teach us something.

population-per-square-mileHere’s a list of all the countries of the world, and their population per square mile. It looks like the US is number 167 on the list. And China is number 78. Hmmm, I guess population-per-square-mile has nothing to do with global warming.

Looking at this list of the top eleven countries with the greatest population per square mile, it is clear to see- Macau SAR must be the worst offender of global warming, followed by Monaco, then Singapore, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Gaza Strip, Bermuda, Malta, Maldives, Bahrain, and finally Bangladesh. They ought to be ashamed of themselves, eating all those beans and putting out all those greenhouse gases.

OK, it’s not the population. It must be those darn cars. They just have too many darn gas-guzzling cars in the US and China, followed by Russia and India, then Canada and Mexico. Let’s see that chart. Surely we will get to the bottom of this tragedy.

According to Forbes, industrialized nations have less than 20% of the world’s population, but they have over 80% of the world’s motor vehicles. It appears that Portugal has more motor vehicles per capita-773 cars per 1,000 residents, followed by the US with 755, New Zealand with 735, Luxembourg with 727, Iceland with 719, Italy with 666, Australia with 659, Japan with 612, Slovenia with 598, and France with 595.

OK, it isn’t cars-per-capita. Then it must be just the most cars, period. Let’s see those numbers. These are the top six car buyers in the world, in the order of who bought the most cars: US, Germany, Japan, Russia, Brazil, China. So, if simply having the most cars causes the most CO2, then this list should look exactly like the list above, with the most greenhouse gases. The only similarity is the US is at the top- close, but no cigar. Germany is 2nd in car-buying, but they’re not even on the list of top CO2 emissions. In fact Germany has been getting cleaner since 1990, even though they are buying more cars than ever before. And where is Canada? Surely those twelve people must own about 69-million cars. Everything is all out of whack. So that can’t be it.

Could it be manufacturing producing all those greenhouse gases? The top manufacturers in the world look a lot like the top car buyers, except that China is neck-and-neck with the US. Here’s the list: China, US, Japan, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Korea, France, UK, India. Where’s Russia, Canada, and Mexico? Again, not even close to the top CO2 emitters.

Surely, there must be a correlation somewhere. I mean, after all, a former vice president made a movie about it, and it won the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Nope. Sorry, no matter how hard you look at the data, no matter what angle you try- there is simply no such thing as global warming, overpopulation, or greenhouse gases being the result of it. The very statement contradicts itself- How can something be the result of something that doesn’t exist?

Don’t get me wrong- I like to breath as much as the next guy. And I surely don’t want to go through life wearing a gas-mask. So, I’m all in favor of tough pollution regulations. But come on, all this talk about global warming and overpopulation is just crazy.

What’s that you say? They have way too many people in some countries and cities? Yes, they do. But one of the Three Stooges has the answer to that dilemma:

To quote the great Moe Howard, “Spread out!”

Have you ever wondered how much space all the people of the world really need? I know I have, since I started writing this article anyway. Well, someone already did all the number-crunching for us on this one. takes a very in-depth and thoughtful look at how big a city would have to be to house the world’s 7-billion people, if they lived like people in Paris, San Francisco, New york, London, Singapore and/or Houston.

The worst-case-scenario is, if they lived like they do in Houston, with a huge backyard. The mega-city would cover about half the United States.

You gotta love Moe.

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2 comments for “Is Human Overpopulation a Real Problem? How About Global Warming? (Charts and Graphs)

  1. max
    August 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Not every population sample or unit is equal. We need to qualify. Leave aside global warming for a second to consider a hypothetical: if there were only two people on earth, and a third person suddenly comes along bringing with him the technology and intention to blow up the world, or to consume all life-sustaining resources…one might say the earth is ‘overpopulated.’ So problematic population figures can be relative to ones concerns. In real terms, the problem with overpopulation isnt a problem of carbon emissions only. You eventually MUST cap population if, for example, you value the preservation of certain ecosystems that compete with human expansion. If you dont share those priorities, then the figures that would concern you may run higher…but eventually you would also agree that the earth is overpopulated If for no other reason than that the earth’s real estate is finite. We would simply run out of space, if not resources.
    As for the population/ man-made global warming correlation…physics alone dictates that it would be a fact under certain conditions (if it isnt already.) Dont think so? Go drive a car into the largest warehouse you can imagine….can you breathe? Bring in another car, and another….eventually, there will be so many cars running in a confined space, the atmosphere will be a lethal combo of carbon gases….even with ventilation…theres simply a limit to what you may output. Its a simple real estate problem….a physics problem. Now that can be one person with a thousand cars or a thousand people with a thousand cars…..whether its one or a thousand, you have a population problem. Because when dealing with the economics of human ‘population’ the terms doesnt just connote a head count…it also implies a cultural and technology element.
    The fact is we are running out of space…we are fighting over space, and we are polluting that space and destroying the natural balance of ecosystems as if we are the lords over all existence. And we are not.

  2. May 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm


    People in the USA, are being told by the U.S. government and media that global warming is man-made. If that is true, how can the government and media explain the high temperatures the earth has experienced in past years when there were far fewer people? Let us look back in the world’s history: for example, between roughly 900AD and 1350AD the temperatures were much higher than now. And, back then there were fewer people, no cars, no electric utilities, and no factories, etc. So what caused the earth’s heat? Could it be a natural occurrence? The temperature graph at the bottom of this article shows the temperatures of the earth before Christ to 2040.

    In the book THE DISCOVERERS published in February 1985 by Daniel J. Boorstin, beginning in chapter 28, it goes into detail about Eric the Red, the father of Lief Ericsson, and how he discovered an island covered in green grass.

    In approximately 983AD, Eric the Red committed murder, and was banished from Iceland for three years. Eric the Red sailed 500 miles west from Iceland and discovered an island covered in GREEN grass, which he named Greenland. Greenland reminded Eric the Red of his native Norway because of the grass, game animals, and a sea full of fish. Even the air provided a harvest of birds. Eric the Red and his crew started laying out sites for farms and homesteads, as there was no sign of earlier human habitation.

    When his banishment expired, Eric the Red returned to congested Iceland to gather Viking settlers. In 986, Eric the Red set sail with an emigrant fleet of twenty-five ships carrying men, women, and domestic animals. Unfortunately, only fourteen ships survived the stormy passage, which carried about four-hundred-fifty immigrants plus the farm animals. The immigrants settled on the southern-west tip and up the western coast of Greenland.

    After the year 1200AD, the Earth’s and Greenland’s climate grew colder; ice started building up on the southern tip of Greenland. Before the end of 1300AD, the Viking settlements were just a memory. You can find the above by searching Google. One link is:

    The following quote you can also read about why there is global warming. This is from the book EINSTEIN’S UNIVERSE, Page 63, written by Nigel Calder in 1972, and updated in 1982.

    “The reckoning of planetary motions is a venerable science. Nowadays it tells us, for example, how gravity causes the ice to advance or retreat on the Earth during the ice ages. The gravity of the Moon and (to a lesser extent) of the Sun makes the Earth’s axis swivel around like a tilted spinning top. Other planets of the Solar System, especially Jupiter, Mars and Venus, influence the Earth’s tilt and the shape of its orbit, in a more-or-less cyclic fashion, with significant effects on the intensity of sunshine falling on different regions of the Earth during the various seasons. Every so often a fortunate attitude and orbit of the Earth combine to drench the ice sheets in sunshine as at the end of the most recent ice age, about ten thousand years ago. But now our relatively benign interglacial is coming to an end, as gravity continues to toy with our planet.”

    The above points out that the universe is too huge and the earth is too small for the earth’s population to have any effect on the earth’s temperature. The earth’s temperature is a function of the sun’s temperature and the effects from the many massive planets in the universe, i.e., “The gravity of the Moon and (to a lesser extent) of the Sun makes the Earth’s axis swivel around like a tilted spinning top. Other planets of the Solar System, especially Jupiter, Mars and Venus, influence the Earth’s tilt and the shape of its orbit, in a more-or-less cyclic fashion, with significant effects on the intensity of sunshine falling on different regions of the Earth during the various seasons.”

    Read below about carbon dioxide, which we need in order to exist. You can find the article below at:

    Of the 186 billion tons of carbon from CO2 that enter earth’s atmosphere each year from all sources, only 6 billion tons are from human activity. Approximately 90 billion tons come from biologic activity in earth’s oceans and another 90 billion tons from such sources as volcanoes and decaying land plants.

    At 380 parts per million CO2 is a minor constituent of earth’s atmosphere–less than 4/100ths of 1% of all gases present. Compared to former geologic times, earth’s current atmosphere is CO2- impoverished.

    CO2 is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Plants absorb CO2 and emit oxygen as a waste product. Humans and animals breathe oxygen and emit CO2 as a waste product. Carbon dioxide is a nutrient, not a pollutant, and all life– plants and animals alike– benefit from more of it. All life on earth is carbon-based and CO2 is an essential ingredient. When plant-growers want to stimulate plant growth, they introduce more carbon dioxide.

    CO2 that goes into the atmosphere does not stay there, but continuously recycled by terrestrial plant life and earth’s oceans– the great retirement home for most terrestrial carbon dioxide.

    If we are in a global warming crisis today, even the most aggressive and costly proposals for limiting industrial carbon dioxide emissions and all other government proposals and taxes would have a negligible effect on global climate!

    The government is lying, trying to use global warming to limit, and tax its citizens through “cap and trade” and other tax schemes for the government’s benefit. We, the people cannot allow this to happen.

    If the Earth’s temperature graph is not shown above, you can see this temperature graph at the link:

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