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  • Anthony

    Good news (R&D) is always appreciated (by most)!

    • LarryD


      I will take the opportunity to note that Malthus was ignorant of the feedback mechanisms that reduce growth. Except in very artificial environments, growth curves exhibit a s-shape, near-exponential at first, tapering off until approaching a maximum limit. Then there is human ingenuity, which raises the limit. Doubly refuted.

      • Anthony

        Whatever that means fine but “good news” is applauded from where I sit.

        • LarryD

          A typical application of the logistic equation is a common model of population growth (see also population dynamics), originally due to Pierre-François Verhulst in 1838, where the rate of reproduction is proportional to both the existing population and the amount of available resources, all else being equal. The Verhulst equation was published after Verhulst had read Thomas Malthus’ An Essay on the Principle of Population. Verhulst derived his logistic equation to describe the self-limiting growth of a biological population.

          • Anthony

            Yea, understood but not necessary to short Post (Good News). Thanks though.

  • Andrew Allison

    Worth noting that all that additional growth is extracting CO2 from the atmosphere.

    • Frank Natoli

      You beat me to it.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Absolutely true.

      What I always find fascinating about this sort of thing is that whenever the Left is confronted with an alternative solution to one of their mythical ‘problems’ (peak oil solved by fracking, etc. instead of ‘alternative’ energy sources, Malthusism solved by improved agriculture/GMOs/et. al., or ‘global warming’ solved by any number of technological changes rather than hair-shirt environmentalism) they scream like stuck pigs that we cannot ‘solve’ problems this way….only to discover that in fact we do…

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Fact: 99.9% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct.
    Fact: The Humano-Centric Ecology now contains thousands of Domesticated (genetically engineered) species (no one has attempted to count them all).
    Fact: Experiments have proven that the increase in Carbon Dioxide from 285 ppm to today’s 400 ppm, has increased plant growth by 15% (plants are starving for Carbon Dioxide) and improved water tolerance.
    Fact: Satellite pictures show that heavily populated regions that had been deforested for fuel, have been reforested and this trend continues.
    Fact: Any species that can insinuate itself into the Humano-Centric Ecology, guarantees its survival for as long as Mankind exists.
    Fact: If it was legal to farm endangered species, there wouldn’t be any endangered species. see Fact #1 above.

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