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How to Defuse the Overpopulation 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 (1 year 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
A U T I S M (3 days ago)
884,501 humans have watched this video. Only 7,646,320,499 people to go!
PathoftheWolves (4 days ago)
your pockets would love that :) haha
Moo Cow (6 days ago)
It would be very cool. But consider places like Yemen, there isn’t internet and there is so much poverty it is impossible. Or North Korea people there aren’t aloud to have any sort of social media. They don’t even know about it! So overall there isn’t any possible way for everyone to watch this video. But it would be cool to have everyone watch this video.
Mystery Boy (2 months ago)
It's Okay To Be Smart I’m from Cairo,Egypt i watched it!
savage savz (2 months ago)
wants to get 7.6 billion views but doesn't even hit 1million
Matthew Wu (14 hours ago)
This mother fucker want us to have more feminist
Kory Vogel (15 hours ago)
5:17 What should be noted is pollution from *rivers* and which particularl regions of the West emit which gases (California)
Omia Chevli (20 hours ago)
Victor Baltus (1 day ago)
Simple genocide
Peter Booth (1 day ago)
This video misses a very important metrics. 1st Agricultural intesification andd extensification are totally dependant on petroleum. Eventually we will either lack enough petroleum to continue with these practices, or we will lack thw political cooperation required to extract it feom the earth and get itbto market. Second, agriculture in the United States is totally dependent on irrigation which comes from a 10 million year old aquifer that is not replenished. It is down to 10% if its capacity of 100 years ago. Third, all agricultural areas on earth contribute directly to the colapse of marine fisheries in that their nutrient rich runoff eventually ends up in major water bodies jumpstarting eutrophic episodes. In short. More people means more food, more food means more greenhouse gas, more trophic cascade, and more desertification. People who think the hunan demographic has not yet reached our system's carrying capacity, are simply not taking all factors into account.
Leland Shennett (1 day ago)
@2:25 becomes an anarchist
Christopher Connor (1 day ago)
40% of children are Born out of wedlock I highly doubt education is the solution to this problem especially if you meant college level learning and I’m confused on what you meant by imaginary lines?
Sarah Swanson (1 day ago)
This is my favorite video you have produced because I didn't think there was a solution to this issue
altrocks (1 day ago)
On the other hand.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMbvtmb79N0
Rob House (1 day ago)
this education channel has THE BEST BACKGROUND MUSIC
Don't want to use your Google+ Name? Ok, we'll ask you again later (2 days ago)
Baby boomers are doing us all a favour by hoarding real estate and voting for income inequality and labour exploitation. It’s become completely unaffordable to raise kids in the west. Thanks guys!
Wild YT (2 days ago)
Why don't we nuke India and China or azia
Howdy Justice (2 days ago)
Thanks India
Mike Restrepo (3 days ago)
Feminist are doing a great job! No point in having kids with crazy cat ladies, check the birth rate in areas were liberal/progressive ideologies are popular
EG:UK (3 days ago)
Fake News. There is not an issue with overpopulation. There is an issue with resource allocation. The Western birthrate is at a 30 year low.
Parvesh Khatri (3 days ago)
See resident evil
Real Ganstas (3 days ago)
Delete India and china
Tommy Northwood (4 days ago)
Go to Omaha or Utah or Ohio or.....
TheguynamedT (4 days ago)
2:26 and that's why people are vegetarian/vegan.
Snek Supremacist (4 days ago)
kill people crossing the borders, good start.. then maybe kill off a few Nazis and Commies here and there.
Why So Serious? (4 days ago)
Easy any idiot that believes in a god snuff them out... they are a violent uneducated waste of oxygen.. had we done this 2000 years ago. We would now be immortal from the advancements in science...
artoru vidal2 (4 days ago)
Just colonize Mars
captainrobots (5 days ago)
So stop having sex problem solved.
Thanos (5 days ago)
actually the real way to solve overpopulation is to get all six infinity stones then snap
Mason Nix (5 days ago)
Education and Fertility have nothing in common. Stupid.
Jeremy Ripton (51 minutes ago)
That just shows how stupid you are..well done.
Bhoopati Baboo (5 days ago)
"I think the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal."
Tanner Denny (6 days ago)
Bill Gates>Jeff Bezos
Tanner Denny (6 days ago)
Let’s create a strain of HIV that is transmitted through poo and mucous membranes, highly contagious. Wipe out everyone in the Indus Valley, the poopiest place on earth.
illuminatismasher (6 days ago)
Baby killing is legal now. Infanticide is OK for people. Immoral people.
illuminatismasher (6 days ago)
"Population control through vaccines" bill gates
Christoph Vonrhein (6 days ago)
Answer to the title: Make sex and reproduction illegal for just one generation. Problem solved. ;-)
Jeremy Ripton (48 minutes ago)
Brilliant...I'm writing a book on that subject...but instead of using force....ask.people to give up.their choice to reproduce in order to save the world so that any children who are babies now, can inherit a world which is not so overwhelmed by numbers....
Viridian (6 days ago)
The United states has a negative growth rate. great news right? NO! NOW WE NEED MILLIONS OF ARIBS AND MEXICANS WHO ALL HAVE 6 KIDS ON WELFAIR EACH TO COME IN DO ALL OUR WORK AND SAVE US FROM DEPOPULATION! JAPAN NEED IMIGRANTS TOO!!!! OMG! ALSO MAKE SURE AFRICANS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE NOT BE GROWING THEIR POPULATION BECAUSE OF EVERYONE STARVING JUST GROW AND GROW FROM FREE FOOD HAND OUTS EVERYONE WHO WOULD BE DEAD ANYWAY WITHOUT MASSIVE SUBSIDIES, BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW TO NOT HAVE KIDS THEY CAN'T AFFORD! All the while Americans being taxed to subsidize all this stuff don't have much money to spend and then make the smart decision to have less or fewer kids they can't afford, So they don't grow up miserable poverty stricken lives. Basically paying for our own replacement.
Snow Kat (6 days ago)
Who knew giving humans basic human rights would save the world
BrokeBot (7 days ago)
Free Condoms
Giant (7 days ago)
Hunger games
A new Beginning (8 days ago)
Love from India and I hope peace prevails in the world :-)
susan (8 days ago)
There is a over abundance of people there is a misuse of resources.
kiwirider1050 (8 days ago)
thanos agrees
meme (8 days ago)
Maos Great Leap Forward 2
Joe Koppelkom (8 days ago)
any country anywhere should have a larger population that they can feed from there own soil
Mr. Crunchy doo (9 days ago)
Kill ‘em all
Mehrad Stn (9 days ago)
ZootSuitJZ (9 days ago)
Except we're nowhere near overpopulation. Our numbers are miniscule. Even if we had ten times the amount of people, our numbers would still be insignificant.
tundratomo (10 days ago)
Over population will be the end of us. Believe it.
doctir daddy (11 days ago)
nearly every western european country has a population with a birthrate below the replacement levels. so why all the white kids in the thumbnail. you should be targeting this to africans and indians
Rey Band (11 days ago)
Right in the beginning you talk about our species footprint... Some people have larger footprints than others... Why is that?... Could the footprint itself be the problem and not overpopulation, a term coined by a racist colonizer when he first reached India and noticed there were a lot of Indians? If we could all fit everyone on earth into a small space then it seems overpopulation isn't even a thing, it's overusing that's the issue or misusing.
Mellow Yellow 2022 (11 days ago)
We can just make a mass genocide
Eleanya Agbai-Eleanya (11 days ago)
The usual 3 white babies 2 Mexican or middle East babies and 1 black
Soft Wl (12 days ago)
*Purge* Will be the answer
Mare (13 days ago)
Best channel ever. Short and informative. So glad I found You (or You found me?!)
FUCK OFF (13 days ago)
We should start sacrificing democrats and gov leaders to the sun gods to stop climate change and overpopulation
Ape X (14 days ago)
Space actually is the problem, even tho we can all fit somewhere doesn't mean we can live there. The more people on the planet, the more space we'll need for food, businesses, etc.
José Camp (14 days ago)
The worst part of these videos are when he says "stay curious!"
johnwel khim Enciso (14 days ago)
maybe just blow up countries with many people
Tanu Index (15 days ago)
Nico Mc Bloxy (15 days ago)
I'm against population control.
Kento Wakai (15 days ago)
World wide, starvation is worst in places with the highest corruption. Evil leaders use food to control their subjects. Fat dictators driving a fleet of Mercedes, e.g. Kim Jong Un and his ilk.
Kento Wakai (15 days ago)
I love intelligent morons. So entertaining. Growing up, all my intelligent professors predicted doom by the year 2000 because of the population bomb. Oh, and the imminent ice age because of climate change.
Jessica Snow (16 days ago)
How can you talk about decreasing the birth rate and not mention contraception?
Mr bozz Haze (16 days ago)
If feel like these new ways to save lives cause less children to be born because of expense altho these new technology's can do incredible things they be come so complicated that the expenses of using these things becomes to much so in turn people start to have less kids
Reyna (17 days ago)
This all is common sense 😂
mavman23 (17 days ago)
O yea yea
Sumaya Sultan-Ali (17 days ago)
Wow.....this show makes me think deeply about things I never knew I wanted to think about.......
Insight View876 (18 days ago)
Most likely instead of one big population bomb. One big bomb will reduce the population. (Fingers crossed)
Neil Buzon (19 days ago)
Some idiots did not realize that earth's natural resources has its limits..consume more of those resources and then...... . . . . .
EmberFlower (19 days ago)
It pains me that Bill is doing such a good thing but uneducated and paranoid wackos created awful conspiracy drama around him. :(
Blue Dog (21 days ago)
3:52 nice Predator reference
skillzuh ? (21 days ago)
Feminism will actually destroy the west. For every 2 people 1.7 children are made, but for Muslim immigrants there is 6 children made from 2 people. They will move in and take over. Everything you love, progress, science, and religious freedom will be destroyed, just because you have women the right to vote.
Mrs M A E (21 days ago)
China produces more pollution (both air and ocean) than all of Europe and America and Canada combined.
frosty (22 days ago)
Please send this video to Thanos
diamondkharness (22 days ago)
HA! When you were born 5 billion.? When I was born there were only 3 billion people on the planet. & No, I’ve not yet reached retirement age. Staggering figures to be sure. Unlimited growth is NOT sustainable. One child per family. China has right plan. We should also be sterilizing all violent criminals. Snip snip, no eggs no sperms. Massive societal birth control, now!
Alan Tao (23 days ago)
Pang (25 days ago)
Good luck with no young worker to fund your government spending.
Phone Email (25 days ago)
So many poor assumptions...
sky chenault (26 days ago)
5:36 Is that from futureama? 😆
sky chenault (26 days ago)
3:55 wait Mexico Your saying that Mexico isn't apart of North America while it is apart of Latin America it is still a North american country. Just sayin
sky chenault (26 days ago)
An inconspicuous air conditioner (26 days ago)
Adopt a 1 child policy.
An inconspicuous air conditioner (26 days ago)
Unfortunately idiots are allowed to reproduce...
MrTheeyeofone (27 days ago)
There are significant problems in reducing child birth to control population growth. One of the problems is that the economic model is built on the concept of perpetual population growth. How can people retire when there are not enough younger people to care for them and support them? GDP is a reflection of population growth and without population growth, the only growth in GDP will have to be through inflation and designed obsolescence. Designed obsolescence is the most wasteful approach to earth resources that is possible. Children are for the happiness of the world and it is the best time to be a human. A better approach to population control is to encourage women too have as many children as they wish and apply a chock point at the age of 21 in the month of their birth. In order for a young dependent adult to pass into the general adult population they would have to compete against nature (natural selection) in order to fill a vacant slot. This would allow the human species to maintain a specific and balanced population size by race and gender. This would mean the workforce would have a large pool of 18 to 21 year old young adults to do a substantial portion of the work. Since this pool would still be living with their parents, they can be exploited as an inexpensive workforce, even sub-scripted into public service and military service.
Mikee 1234444 (27 days ago)
Defusing the population bomb. Organize the Thanos snap
Firinmahlazer (28 days ago)
Depopulation is code for white genocide. It doesn't work when only Americans and European countries take part.
him j (29 days ago)
the chart showing relation between women education and birth per women is false , according to this chart Japan have more child per women then USA and still have low population growth rate then USA 😂😂😂
Rabbi Ylaya (29 days ago)
Tony Flamingo (29 days ago)
Tbh the city is its own echo system. We throw out food and the raccoons eat it
Little Reuby (30 days ago)
The racism in this comment section is more toxic than the radiation from Fukushima nuclear power plant..
Miguel Barcelo (1 month ago)
So if we focus on helping the under developed countried with health care and better stuff we can vastly reduce population growth
RepteyTEC (1 month ago)
I think in the future you would need a license to have a child
Commie Doggo (1 month ago)
Kill the disabled they have no use
suryadi taufan (1 month ago)
Human are evoluted right? So what if our body know about this, then change some dna to become gay / lesbian?
Alexey sol (1 month ago)
While I watсhed video in moment 6:22 my android 7.1 uploaded up to win10.2
pioco56 (1 month ago)
Just get thanos.
ivolloxy (1 month ago)
People need to start adopting kids, not making them, they don’t have to be straight or gay, just let them
Zachary Mueller (1 month ago)
How about we just take the Thanos way.
ElessarGR (1 month ago)
That is why Thanos gather the stones ;)
someone unimportant (1 month ago)
Okay, time to snap now
Maverickator X3 (1 month ago)
*OR* we could just nuke China and India that solves the problem
Drab S (1 month ago)
We could just castrate babies when there born not all just some to control population
Stefan Notchev (1 month ago)
One less thing to lose sleep over. Thanks!
fakhrul islam (1 month ago)
Idea: just make the birth rate perfectly same as death rate problem solved