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Almoravids Italiano Morabito

Mille e Uno Anni di Morabito

Intorno al 1006 A.D., da qualche parte nel Sud del Marocco nasceva Yūsuf Ibn Tāshfīn, cugino o nipote di Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar e Yahyā ibn Ibrāhīm, fondatori della dinastia e dello stile di vita Almoravide.

Yūsuf era destinato a vivere cento anni, regnare dalla Spagna al Senegal, e fondare la citta’ di Marrakech in un impero che non gli sopravvisse piu’ di quaranta anni.

I seguaci delle dottrine Almoravide si sarebbero poi dispersi fra il Marocco e la Sicilia orientale, dove probabilmente durante la conversione al cristianesimo fu loro attribuito un cognome: Morabito.

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catastrophism Earth English Overpopulation

Sustainable People

Planet-wide Overpopulation?

(a) Acres needed to feed a person at US dietary standards = 1.2 (= 0.49 hectares)

(b) # of people = 6.5 billions

(c) Land needed to feed them = (a) * (b) = 31.5 million sq km

(d) Land available = 74 million sq km (from Wikipedia = half of the planet’s “dry” land area)

—-> “Current occupation index” = (c) / (d) = 42.4%

In other words, even if all humans were fed according to US dietary standards, there would be space for 15 billion people.

Even by being very conservative on the figures, it is hard to imagine why the planet would not be able to feed 10 or 12 billion humans.

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Interestingly, in an article published in Nature (“The end of world population growth” Nature 412, 543-545, August 2001), Lutz et al. forecast a maximum of 8 billion people, around 2075.

And I haven’t even mentioned likely, incremental agricultural improvements.

Planet-wide Overpopulation, then? Not at all.

And there goes another myth of contemporary catastrophism…