That hasn’t prevented generations of American schoolchildren from being taught that Earth is overpopulated and that human beings, particularly American human beings, are going to use up all the natural resources – soon! In California, recycling is a prominent feature of the elementary-school social-studies curriculum, right up there with the stock paragraph about Europeans bringing fatal diseases to the Native Americans. We’ve been taught that Americans use more land than other people throughout the world, we use more water, we use more energy and we produce more trash. We Americans are just walking environmental disasters. Such doom and gloom is accepted modern dogma. But the apocalyptic number crunchers overlook the fact that America is very different from the rest of the world in ways other than just our resource use. We use more land because we have the right to own property and the freedom to travel. We use more water because we have developed our waterworks to a level that allows for things like lawns, backyard pools and water parks. We use more energy than people in other countries because we produce a lot more, and what we produce supports other countries’ economies. We produce more trash because we have a strong economy and healthy paper, cardboard and plastic industries. In other words, we are the Land of More because we’ve used our brains and elbow grease to create a nation where we can drive our SUVs from our homes to Raging Waters or conveniently throw away the debris from our individually wrapped hamburgers. But dogma dies hard. We’ve had the idea of overpopulation so hammered into our heads that it’s difficult to let go. There are 6.6 billion people on the planet, according to current estimates. If you could put everybody in one region of the world and give every man, woman and child his very own 10,000-square-foot plot of land, the world’s population would take up about 4.1 percent of Earth’s land surface, or about two-thirds of the United States. If you figure in the oceans, the world’s population could cover 1.2 percent of Earth’s total surface with everybody owning 10,000 square feet of land. That would leave more than 98 percent of the surface of the planet available for resources. Overpopulation fears notwithstanding, the truth is it’s a big world. And there’s more than enough to share for us and future generations. Tad Cronn is a writer and speaker from West Hills. His Web site is www.the-free-lance.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S official again: America is too big for its britches and getting bigger. Many people might think that’s old news. After all, we’ve been accused of being “too” a lot of things: Too arrogant, too affluent, too wasteful, too conservative. We like big money, big names and big cars. Living large – that’s us. But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the country that likes “big” so much it had to invent Double Double burgers and Super Big Gulps is about to pass a milestone. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Sometime this month, most likely today, the 300 millionth American resident will arrive – either by birth or by border – 39 years after we hit 200 million. Not surprisingly, the greatest growth has come in the South and West. While our “natural increase” – births minus deaths – was 1.7 million from 2004 to 2005, migration added 1 million to our population. What’s so amazing about these numbers isn’t the mere fact that they make us the third-most-populous nation in the world, behind India and China. What’s startling is that we’re still alive. Back in the late 1960s, around the time we hit that 200 million mark, there was a book called “The Population Bomb” written by Paul Erlich. According to that best-seller, world population would continue to grow exponentially, resulting in inevitable mass starvation. It was the global-warming theory of its day. Since then, not only has population growth slowed, but new technologies, changes in distribution and more open markets have staved off mass starvation. While there are, and almost certainly always will be, pockets of famine, they’re the results of local situations, not global phenomena.
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A major college football program’s athletic director has called out ESPN’s College GameDay for a segment during Saturday’s show at the Michigan-Michigan State game.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke about UCF on Saturday morning, saying that there were other Group of 5 programs deserving of attention.“Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5 because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving?” Herbstreit said during a segment.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper, which is what you want to look at a lot of times, are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”UCF has since taken some shots at Herbstreit on social media.Tonight, UCF’s athletic director, Danny White, took a shot at Herbstreit and College GameDay on social media.You can read his letter below:Good evening, @CollegeGameDay: pic.twitter.com/GmEi8dS4AL— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) October 22, 2018UCF is currently undefeated and ranked higher than any other Group of 5 team. However, the Knights have virtually zero chance of making the College Football Playoff.
with the trend of economic globalization is obvious, the development of an enterprise, only based on their own is not enough! This time, Xiamen to promote enterprises going out, the development of relevant policies. Let us look at the following.
the municipal SASAC and the Xiamen branch of China Development Bank held a joint support enterprises to "go out", "The Belt and Road" strategic political cooperation talks, and signed the "Xiamen to promote a new round of SOE reform and industrial upgrading" 13th Five-Year "development of financial cooperation memorandum".
meeting, CDB Xiamen branch also with the construction group, the city’s 20 State-owned Port Group Corporation signed a strategic cooperation agreement, the cumulative amount of nearly 200 billion yuan cooperation.
it is reported that, according to the memorandum of cooperation the municipal SASAC and the Xiamen branch of China Development Bank signed, the two sides will focus on our "13th Five-Year" period of development goals and strategic task, give full play to their respective resources, information, policy, human resources advantages, to carry out all-round cooperation in Xiamen free trade zone area, the regional financial the service center and the implementation of the "The Belt and Road" strategy etc..
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protocol, "13th Five-Year", and the Xiamen branch of China Development Bank will further strengthen cooperation, give full play to the development of financial advantage, the full support of enterprise transformation and upgrading and going out".
follow the pace of development of the times, continue to carry out reform, and after grow their own strength, actively "go out", not more than seclusion, international exchanges, in order to better survive in the local area, based on the international market!