Friday, January 13, 2006

Population Growth in the Empire

Sam Roberts, author of commentaries on the US Census, takes on the issue of the 300 millionth resident of the Empire in today's paper of record. The consequences of overpopulation are faintly sketched, but can be seen towards the end of the the article: "By the time the 300 millionth individual gets to adulthood, many of the cities today we considerto be small and nice to live in won't be so nice." Of note is the projection that in 40 years, the Empire's population will reach 400 million. Not so nice indeed, and not a surprise to those who have listened to Dr. Bartlett.

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