In response to the commentary by David Hardee (“Too many people is the real cause of global destruction,” The Daily News, Jan. 17): He's spot on about the global population.
The Lancet in a 2018 article stated that the world population from the time humans first appeared on this planet to 1950 was 2.6 billion (2.5 to 2.6), and in 2017 was 7.6 billion (7.4 to 7.9) a threefold increase in just 67 years. The authors stated that the rate of increase was now slightly less, but it's still positive.
The population is increasing exponentially, and yet the planet can’t get any larger and we're not going to get any more resources. Everything is finite simply because the planet is finite. There's only so much air, potable water and land to grow food for a finite number of people.
The only thing that is infinite on the planet is human stupidity and that has no limit. We need to look at sustainability instead of growth.
The Homo sapiens species is to the planet as cancer is to the body, anything that's allowed to grow unchecked will eventually destroy the host.