Friday, May 1, 2009
News Talk Online May 6, 2009: Is The Swine Flu Nature's Way Of Fighting Overpopulation?
Hopefully the dire predictions that the swine flu will become a pandemic won't materialize. But that doesn't mean human beings will be out of the woods quite yet.
If it isn't the swine flu, say many ecologists and biologists, another pandemic could rip across the globe and trim the human population. Mother Nature, perhaps, fighting back against human overpopulation.
One of those who believes that's exactly what will happen, if we aren't careful and don't take steps to avert it now, is Leon Kolankiewicz, a practicing environmental scientist, wildlife ecologist, and natural resources planner. Kolankiewicz has worked at the federal, state, and local levels in government and for the non-profit and private environmental consulting sectors. In different positions, his efforts have encompassed analysis, advocacy, field research, resource management, and education.
"If they could speak, what would germs call millions of weakened, malnourished people living in overcrowded conditions?" Kolankiewicz asks, then answers: "A feast."