[snipped excellent post for brevity]
I applied that type of scope/ insight to another problem a few years
ago. The topic was over-populating the planet.
I took the square footage of my province (Ontario) deducted an
acceptable amount for water (all basic encyclopedic stuff) and took
the world's polpulation at 6 billion.
Guess what? We all ended up with a piece of property the size of a
nice lot. (IIRC 60 x 150)
ALL of us. In Ontario.
Now, I realize that left no farm-land or roads or even a single pub.
But look at a globe. Ontario is not very big.. just a speck, south of
Hudson Bay, around a couple of the Great Lakes.
The rest of the planet would be vacant.
All of it.
The planet is mighty vast and resilient... that doesn't mean we can't
mess things up on a regional/local basis, but to put things in
perspective: when it was calculated how many BTU's were being pumped
into Lake Huron by the cooling of a nearby nuclear powerstation, the
natives were up in arms. Further research came up with the astonishing
fact that a couple of hours of sunshine did the same. (Yes, I know, I
know, the power station puts the heat in a more concentrated area, but
by the time it dissapates, the lake temperature increase can not be
Some people enjoy taking a trip in a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat.
And always remember that almost all of the killers on death row, at
time or another in their lives...drank milk. Therefore:......