Regarding populations there is much propoganda aimed at this thing of overpopulation by my take directly in focus of those eternalists amongst us who thing god is running things and more people is always a good thing as that is what god intends.
The truth of the matter is something like this quote (near as I can tell)...
"Exponential growth also applies to the the human population. It begins growing very slowly, but over generations the growth rate increases more and more rapidly, similar to a snowball affect. It took the human population thousands of years to reach 1 billion in 1804. However, it took only 123 years for us to double to 2 billion by 1927. The population hit 4 billion in 1974 (only 47 years), and if we continue at our current rate, the human population will reach 8 billion in 2028. Doubling from our present count of 6.8 billion to 13.6 billion will have a much greater impact than our last couple doublings combined."
Population is increasing exponentially, not line wise.
WE are in that regard finished...mass deaths of the premature kind are now inevitable just due to the large scales we are dealing with.
Shippments stopping in 08 due to the credit crisis in response to no letters of credit allowing shipping(not a thing to do with petroleum or any other finate issues at all)..I'd say easily in a week a multiple million die. We are that vulnerable. It in that event being not the actual starving but the panic/hording/killing that would ensue. Everything moves on the basis of credit, trucks ships whatever..people don't realize that.
Virtually all payroll runs on credit revolving. Many on a weekly basis.
Peoples do not realize how fragile people wise this whole thing is.,
Imagine your city Omaha nebraska or any other place... NYC..has no food coming into it for a week..what are the consequences of that.
Think your supermarket has food on hand to last a week, look at supermarkets in areas prone to hurricanes just before a hurricane is predicted to hit....stripped bare they are like as not. Such would be the entire US and europe...stripped bare in a day or two..and then?
Then government steps in but due to scale and scope how long before things return to normalacy.....months. How many die as consequence.....geeze louise outstanding and that is just by retraction of credit. Imagine a real crisis like the greenland ice sheet slippage which we know not really how soon or quickly that thing could transpire, as result all sea areas of human habitation under water...and 90% of us live in these areas...geeze louise.
Peak oil may be in these contexts a afterthought.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.