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    The world is not overcrowded. But these beaches, trains, bridges and pools sure as hell are. Posted by Rob Beschizza.

    San Lorenzo's fans (Above) use their hands to block the sun during their Argentine First Division soccer match against Estudiantes in Buenos Aires December 1, 2013. Photo: Marcos Brindicci

    People crowd onto a bridge during the annual Caiqiaohui event in Mianyang, Sichuan province, March 18, 2014. People believe that by stepping onto the bridge during the three-day spring event can help them escape tribulations and illnesses. Picture taken March 18, 2014.

    Priests in white robes walk to give communion to people at an outdoor Catholic mass in Madrid, December 29, 2013. Tens of thousands attended a mass celebrating the traditional family unit in Madrid, nine days after the government proposed to change the abortion law making it more difficult for women to terminate a pregnancy. Photo: Susana Vera

    Hindu devotees gather to worship the Sun god Surya on the banks of the Ganges river during the Hindu religious festival of Chatt Puja in the eastern Indian city of Patna November 9, 2013. Womenfolk fast for the whole day for the betterment of their family and society during the festival. Photo: REUTERS

    An aerial view of Cairo's traffic and houses is pictured through the window of an airplane September 11, 2013. Egypt's population has reached 85 million with the Cairo governorate coming in with the highest number at 8.9 million people, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh

    Residents crowd in a swimming pool to escape the summer heat during a hot weather spell in Daying county of Suining, Sichuan province July 4, 2010. China is experiencing temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Farhenheit) in at least 13 provinces and regions, according to the National Meteorological Center on Sunday. Picture taken July 4, 2010. Photo: REUTERS

    Lloyds of London staff hold their annual Remembrance Day service at the Lloyds Building in the City of London November 11, 2011. Photo: Olivia Harris

    People play on a beach in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province July 28, 2007. The local temperature hit 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, according to local media. Picture taken July 28, 2007. Photo: China

    People hang onto an entrance of a commuter train which will transport them to Jakarta, in Depok, Indonesia's West Java province May 31, 2010. According to PT Kereta Api Indonesia, their trains operate 300 cars each day to serve about 500,000 commuters in Jakarta. In 2007 as many as 26 people were killed due to electricity shock and from falling off the roofs of trains. Photo: Crack Palinggi

    Sunbathers and roofed wicker beach chairs are seen along the beach on the bay of Travemuende, a popular holiday resort at the Baltic sea near the northern German city of Luebeck, August 5, 2007. Photo: Morris Mac Matzen


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    1. I love the neat, orderly rows on the German beach.

    2. "The world is not overcrowded".
      Umm, yes it is.

    3. Unlike, say, man-made global warming, there is much disagreement on this. There are places that don't have access to necessary resources and too high a concentration of people, but it doesn't follow necessarily that the planet is overpopulated. Along with decreasing rates of poverty and hunger, birthrates in the most populated places are falling dramatically. The UN estimates now that world population will start falling in 2075 when it peaks at just over 9 billion.

    4. That's true, the number of people the planet can support varies widely depending on factors like lifestyle. Are we talking about 7 billion people who all own SUVs and eat steak every day or 7 billion vegans who live together in low-impact communes?

    5. 7 billion who all drive SUVs powered by photosynthetic algae biofuels, eat steaks made from stem-cells, cricket powder and (more) algae, and have near-infinite power due to fusion reactors coming online.

      Ha, eat that! WoooOOOooo technoutopia!!!!!1 Let's not worry about the present because scientists will save us!

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