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Defusing the Population Bomb

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Thank you to Bill and Melinda Gates for supporting PBS Digital Studios. If you’d like to take a look at the 2018 Annual Letter, you can check it out here http://b-gat.es/2Cfph0j ↓↓↓ More info and sources below ↓↓↓ Don’t miss our next video! SUBSCRIBE! ►► http://bit.ly/iotbs_sub Is overpopulation real? Is Earth filling up with too many humans? How many people can Earth hold, anyway? As our species approaches 8 billion, human overpopulation is a major concern for many people. How can we reduce poverty and our impact on the environment? Do we need a forced one-child policy or something? Maybe not, because when we look at the science and history, populations seem to control themselves. This week we look at all these questions and more. READ MORE: https://ourworldindata.org https://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/population/ http://science.sciencemag.org/content/346/6206/234 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-malthus-predicted-1798-food-shortages/ ----------- FOLLOW US: Merch: https://store.dftba.com/collections/its-okay-to-be-smart Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/itsokaytobesmart Twitter:@DrJoeHanson @okaytobesmart Tumblr: http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com Instagram: @DrJoeHanson ----------- It’s Okay To Be Smart is hosted by Joe Hanson, Ph.D. Director: Joe Nicolosi Writer: Joe Hanson, Ph.D. Creative Director: David Schulte Editor/animator: Karl Boettcher Producer: Stephanie Noone and Amanda Fox Produced by PBS Digital Studios Music via APM Stock images from Shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com
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It's Okay To Be Smart (6 months ago)
I wonder if we could get all 7.6 billion people on Earth to watch this video? It's worth a try… Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this week's video! Got any ideas or big questions you want answered? Find us on Twitter
Paul Tubbs (12 days ago)
Q B yeah, I think there's a negative population growth in developed areas, like -1.2 people per year in places like London. Something like 2 people, 1 kid, 20 years later same thing. Something I read 5 years ago.
Master Melee (14 days ago)
you think that everywhere has Wifi
Ken Ray (17 days ago)
the population boom boom is here
Daniel V (21 days ago)
It's Okay To Be Smart It’s Okay To Be Smart
Melon gamer (22 days ago)
More people would watch despacito
Karl Wang (4 hours ago)
Thanos: snaps*
Hunhan Sugarhigh (9 hours ago)
Thanos had good intentions, but bad plans. Why not just lower the fertility rate? In a hundred years, everything would be good.
WakkosAmericansTV h (11 hours ago)
4:46 Did You Notice He Was Dancing
glov allsilence (20 hours ago)
If i show this video to my country's senator and 80% of its population that disapproves of Reproductive law then it will change their minds. My country's population problem simply stemed from the bible saying " go out and multiply" and being uneducated.
Sai Nellore (1 day ago)
Simplest solution? Kill Capitalism! It's not population that's our problem. It's over consumption caused by greedy Capitalism! We all eat only three meals a day; but some of us own 5 houses, 100 pairs of shoes and 10 cars. THAT my friend, is our problem! Not the simpletons living in Africa peacefully along with the other animals!
Glen Beckstead (1 day ago)
Genesis chapter one verses twenty six through twenty eight. Deuteronomy chapter five verse thirty three.
Norman Graham (2 days ago)
We need a good boots on the ground war.
Norman Graham (2 days ago)
There were too many people 10 years ago. There are clean water shortages, and pollution.
John Zyp (2 days ago)
People live more densely today because more dense idiotic people copulate to populate.
Climate C. Heretic (3 days ago)
Super easy solution... Democrats hold your breath for 10 minutes!
Srajan Dikshit (3 days ago)
Let's call Thanos of Titan
Random Stranger (3 days ago)
Just nuke all the useless third world countries like turkey india arabia
Frosty (4 days ago)
2:31 Ziph’s law
Hyoroemon Meto (4 days ago)
roottruthseeker (4 days ago)
we actually don't need the scumbag Gates' intervention. we are all already going below replacement level. i'm not eating more toxic greens because you think meat is too energy intensive. thats not why people are starving.
Chris Shipman (4 days ago)
Sure it all because the poor oppressed women
sarthak elwadhi (5 days ago)
awesome to see you are getting to work with people like the gates!
Shanna Hogg (5 days ago)
If everybody that thinks that there are too many people, died, there wouldn't be too many people.
Exxotic (5 days ago)
Cease social programs. Mothers have more children because they can receive government subsidies for each of their children.
LEIF TORBJÖRN (5 days ago)
The only populations that are rapidly growing are in Asia and Africa. If their populations increase, it doesn’t effect the west because we don’t get our food from the same places. Earth and Asia can have as many babies as they want, it won’t really effect the west
Pat (5 days ago)
Please don't measure human overpopulation by food alone, human will always find new technology to increase food production, but at great expense of the natural environment, we have already squeezed out habitats for most animals and plants, the way we are continuing taking their land, we'll be living with only cockroaches and rats!
Erick Roldão (6 days ago)
4:34 1950, 2012, 2050... 2000?
Richard Willette (6 days ago)
So nothing to worry about billions more ppl that seems right
Nick Rose (6 days ago)
Meat is not the protein of the future..
Unmatched nut busting prowess (6 days ago)
It's painful to say this but if you export feminism it will probably reduce certain countries unsustainable birth rates and will help reduce this
Standardowy Login (4 days ago)
Too cruel...
Kalan McEvoy (6 days ago)
We need a mass culling
John (6 days ago)
Push the global warming myth
mcsquizzy notnug (6 days ago)
Start a war
Caphartly (7 days ago)
Hunger games is an easy solution to population and obesity
Jebediah Kerman (7 days ago)
At 4:35, the graph goes from 2050 to 2000 instead of 2100
God (7 days ago)
Nice, video, disliked because Bill Gates
Joe (7 days ago)
Yo, watch this! There, i tried 😜
Ronnie Kristiansen (7 days ago)
Also like straight out of #Factfullness! Wonderfull! Pls do more.
Michunixeu (7 days ago)
BigZäddy (8 days ago)
We need thanos or mass genocide if it means the future generation are going to be here.
Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni (8 days ago)
Basically an end to the subjugation of women worldwide would alleviate our population issues as well as many other world problems.
Samuel Bordessoule (8 days ago)
There are too many people here, we need a new plague
suteners2111 (8 days ago)
parasite nations should be eliminated
Woodyboy12 (8 days ago)
For a second I thought the way to defuse human populations was to start nuclear hell fire.
Jake Malody (8 days ago)
In the USA, 1/3 of the food is never eaten, because we think it’s bad, but it’s not, we could ship that food to the people that need it
Jake Malody (6 days ago)
Jess Late (7 days ago)
Or we could just all recognise that its fine and eat it. Most stuff can be cooked or baked and you would never know it was about to go off.
Your Neighbour (8 days ago)
oh yeha
Samuel Spacey (8 days ago)
No civilisation has ever survived with below 2 children per family growth. EU is way below that mark.... Not looking good ...but hey ho...open borders should fix all that no? :(
Higgs Bonbon (9 days ago)
Yes there's too many people, yes borders are entirely necessary. Globalists please go.
Bobby Muller (9 days ago)
Anyone interested in this subject should read ("Crossing the Rubicon") or watch ("Collapse") by Michael Ruppert : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ILoXhrLbO8
生霊Ikiryo (9 days ago)
This is a very uneducated and misleading video. The population explosion is only a problem in the 3rd world counties. The developed countries are all in population decline.
Frittilulu (9 days ago)
I can hear thanos finger twitching
KrautGoesWild (9 days ago)
I wonder what's the next stage after AIDS, Ebola and other diseases. Maybe something tailor-made and more effective?
Nothingfunny (9 days ago)
I liked this guy for some reason and then i found out his name was Joe. and now im like lol, im Joe, thats why. lol.
Nothingfunny (9 days ago)
SylphionGamer (9 days ago)
Making birthday cakes is a good business.
TheRectangularSpaceDivider27 (9 days ago)
ez solution to population control; no justin y
Cal Kobes (9 days ago)
I wish i found this video befor the ap human test
themarbleking (9 days ago)
An American child uses as much water and energy than a african village of 100 people. And an american adult uses even more! So instead of getting rid of 500 million african people, get rid of 5 million Americans or even 10 million Americans to be safe, or even better! Get rid of 200 million Americans, starting with the ones who consume most (the richest) and not only would that cut down on consumption, it would cut down on war too! It’d be a win win situation for the 6.5 billion people left, and it would cut down consumption of the world by half!
Caleb H (9 days ago)
There is enough room for humans for a very long time. There is just not enough space for the luxuries that come with a modern day, first world human.
hFg (9 days ago)
this is why i get so mad when people talk smack about abortion WE MUST KILL EXCESS BAGGAGE (if you think thats wrong THERES SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU think about it no don't come to me with a hate moralistic garbage comment USE YOUR BRAIN AND THINK REFLECT ON HOW STUPID IS TO BE AGAINST ABORTION) so next time somebody on the news is reported dead, smile because thats one fix to the overpopulation gotta love those crime rates :)
Where are you My friend (9 days ago)
5:22 "Under the right circumstances... populations control themselves." Such a nice way of explaining genocide.
Kal El (9 days ago)
The answer is Feminism and LGTBQ, we need to push this agenda really hard guys to make the population sterile
nipi tiri (8 days ago)
But push it in places where the population is still growing, will ya.
Nucleus (9 days ago)
I think something like the suppression field from Half Life 2 would be useful ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) It would only be deactivated at specific times
Ivory Thomas (9 days ago)
Over population is a myth. The issue is the laziness of humans. If we contributed as much as me consumed we would be just fine
Andreas Wang (9 days ago)
Only Thanos can solve this issue.
ihavenonameforyou1 (9 days ago)
"Imaginary lines on maps",it is clear what he is all about.
gough6995 (10 days ago)
7.6 billion is already too many people. Why do we have to take over and destroy everywhere on earth. We should try to live in harmony with the rest of the earth creatures and not just wipe them all out and say it's fine because no humans suffering.
Nathan Jarboe (10 days ago)
What about all the food people throw out?
Ticklish Terrorist (3 days ago)
The raccoons will eat the food people throw out, and people will eat the raccoons. It's all part of the food chain :^)
Leionna Newton (10 days ago)
Pro-lifers better not complain about overpopulation when they don’t want abortions to be legalized...just saying 🤷🏽‍♀️
Subscribe plz (10 days ago)
Thoses imagnary lines stop you from getting all kinds of terrible stuff from happening to you.
Subscribe plz (10 days ago)
Air drop condoms in Africa
nipi tiri (8 days ago)
Theyll use them as balloons.
MrAnimepredator (10 days ago)
we must either reduce the human population by 70% or we must reduce the standard of living to a medieval peasants status.
Standardowy Login (4 days ago)
Doable. Just nuclear winter is not considered as eco-friendly.
IceKaps (10 days ago)
After u finish watching this video 30+ ppl died from around the globe now feel lucky that ur blessed with food and other things because 1 of these people was murdered 20+ are from hunger and 4 from war be thankful and stay safe
pasha kucheinyk (11 days ago)
Then Thanos came...
olava pedersen (11 days ago)
I love how you actually mention Norway in videos, we are remembered for once \o/
stormiu (11 days ago)
over population is just a side effect from god making sex feel good in his sims game
Sir Isaac (11 days ago)
*"10 billion people is still a lot of mouths to feed and doing it without ruining nature or anything won't be easy... But it's not impossible and it would take some apocalyptic robot army of force population control to do it."* Did ANYONE catch that? That's exactly what they're planning to do, and they're already doing this with cellphone tower radiation and new technology. Depopulation is the main goal of the Elitists. Read the Georgia Guide Stones, people. Wake up.
jbond5150 (3 days ago)
Sir Isaac how could we wake up? Do I need the same tin foil hat u have?
Ticklish Terrorist (3 days ago)
Spooky stuff! If only there were more believers in this conspiracy theory
ThornlingHS (11 days ago)
Almost all of the world's population growth is coming from Africa and the Middle East to a lesser extent. Enjoy your future.
Penelope Jenna Hensley (12 days ago)
This channel is alright but it's a little bit too "politically correct" for me.
Pragmatic Constitutionalist Party (12 days ago)
We're not overpopulated if everyone goes vegan.. but if everyone on the planet were to live like an American we would need the resources of 5 Earths... just how much commercial fishing can we do till tuna go extinct? their numbers have fallen by 90%. How much urban sprawl do you want? How many country sides and beautiful landscapes do you want to ruin to sustain your greed? http://thepcparty.com/population-growth/
chenying wang (12 days ago)
"imaginary lines on maps", no truer words have been said.
Paul Tubbs (12 days ago)
You have pretty good points, pretty well made vid. But I hate your haircut. I really, REALLY do. Don't even know why. I can listen, but it almost hurts to watch.
Jon Browne (13 days ago)
Diet Vsauce here. All the science, no chrisma.
SML (13 days ago)
In a nutshell, go vegan.
Lachlan Pickles (14 days ago)
5:26 10 million is nothing...
Frankie Russell (14 days ago)
Cure to overpopulation is Big Pharma.
Robert Watts (14 days ago)
You know how to solve overpopulation and world hunger in one go? Its real easy Cannibalism.
c a t (14 days ago)
ITS ALWAYS EDUCATION. Better understanding and awareness of pregnancy and sex makes people more careful and considerate.
nipi tiri (8 days ago)
Nah its the idea of equality of sexes and the accompanying shift in values. If society is to value women on the same bases as men then they too must dedicate themselves to their careers. Thus having children later when sexual drives have diminished and they are less fertile. While this does bring down birthrates it increases the individuals consumption of resources. Earn more spend more.
Crazy Goat (14 days ago)
i think that if every couple has 0-2 kids our planet is saved and btw israeli birth rate is 3 only because of the religious people who have like 10 children and im from israel dont be mad fellow israeli people
jerolvilladolid (15 days ago)
Overpopulation bomb? No. That will never happen. You mean "Over AGING" bomb. People are already starting to have less and less babies. But nobody has yet succeeded reducing a median old age. If every country in the world turned like Japan, then we're in big trouble.
Twinstar (15 days ago)
4:34 now i know which year comes after 2050 =D
Jefff (16 days ago)
We can easily produce so much more food and mars colonization will come soon I take it humans should start having more kids
nipi tiri (8 days ago)
Assuming we dont run out of easily accessible phosphorus: http://web.mit.edu/12.000/www/m2016/finalwebsite/solutions/phosphorus.html Getting it back out of the ocean is going to be a pain. And the Mars mission still has several hurdles that need to be overcome. How to protect people from space radiation without making the ship too heavy for one.
NavySeal Boy (16 days ago)
Brad Hunt (16 days ago)
Thanos can fix the population bomb...
fghdv (16 days ago)
Man that's a lot of sex
Oscar Wright (16 days ago)
This needs to get out to ALL governments
gatorrulers (16 days ago)
People who  deliberately  have a lot of kids despite the world clearly being overpopulated are morons and child abusers/neglecters.
Cletus Abbot III (17 days ago)
Underwater Screams (17 days ago)
Also, you don’t need biological children. At least consider adoption.
MR. Mushroom (17 days ago)
Sure ask eugenicist Bill Gates what he thinks about this, he is investing in soft killing the "unworthy".
Ken Ray (17 days ago)
Earth:slow and steadily grow the population...... *intense human production* *the human storage box explodes* Earth:NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HUMANS EVERYWHERE *machine slows down* Earth:phew *SUPER INTENSE HUMAN PRODUCTION* Earth:I am going to terraform mars. *human machine transported to mars* Mars:why are humans here Earth:I'M OVERPOPULATED *SUPER DOOPER INTENSE HUMAN PRODUCTION ON EARTH* Earth:NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Mars:wow earth is super overpopulated
John Zyp (18 days ago)
Motherfuckers cause overpopulation.
John Zyp (18 days ago)
I blame heterosexuals for causing overpopulation. We need more homosexual people.
The Wolf (18 days ago)
The gay and abortion agenda wants to stop this...
Daniel Astillero (18 days ago)
Thanos was right after all