What will it take to be an American Columbus for the space age?

An American Columbus for the space age should generate space colonies with a population of 300,000 people within about 25 years of the start of space colonization.

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in the U.S.  Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. The landing is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain, as Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina, and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Belize and Uruguay.

 

 

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232 million people live outside their home country

Nearly two-thirds of all international migrants live in Europe and Asia.

New data released by the United Nations shows that 232 million people, or 3.2 percent of the world’s population, live outside of their countries of birth. This global diaspora has big implications as countries try to balance growth with unease over outsiders. So where are all of these people anyway? And are they helping or hurting their new homes?

 

 

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The size of it: How the population of the world has changed

World population will grow from 7.2 billion people today to 9.6 billion in 2050.

In 1950, the world looked very different from how it does today. Europe was home to 22% of the world’s 2.5 billion people. Germany, Britain, Italy and France all counted among the 12 most populous countries. But strong economic growth in Asia coupled with high fertility rates in Africa have contributed to a big regional shift in the global population. The UN’s latest World Population Prospects expects the world to grow from 7.2 billion people today to 9.6 billion in 2050.(Chart)

 

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138 million people worldwide want to live in the U.S.

138 million people want to live in the U.S.

Gallup released new data on migration this week.  Around 630  million people – 13% of the world’s adults – say they would like to move to another country permanently.  An estimated 138 million people would like to relocate to the United States. The second-most popular destination was the United Kingdom with 42 million potential migrants.  The U.S. and U.K. were followed by Canada, France and Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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Immigration reverses Germany’s population decline

Germany is seeing an increase in immigration from other European Union countries.

The population in Germany is growing despite a low birthrate.  They are seeing an increase in immigration from other European Union countries.  For a third straight year, more people came to the Germany than left it in 2012.  This development balances out the natural population decline from deaths and fewer births of about 200,000 a year.

 

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Ending the global food crisis – we just need to make use of what we have

We could double our food supply just by making farming, shipping, and cooking more efficiently.

By 2075 the global population is set to hit 9.5 billion.  It is widely assumed the world will eventually run out of food. According to one UN study, we will need to increase agricultural production 70% by the middle of the century, if we’re to cater to all the expected bellies.

 

 

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