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Looking for something to put things into perspective? Check out this real-time map to remind you how transient life is, but also, how quickly the world is becoming populated.

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Finally, someone in the mainstream is talking about Earth’s population problem. Talk falls short of action, of course, and it’s unlikely anyone with power will listen. But nevertheless the world’s leading scientists warned at the Rio+20 Earth Summit on Thursday that unchecked population growth and overconsumption could be civilization’s undoing.

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Echoing the now-weary warnings of scientists, environmentalists and other well-meaning people, a United Nations report released Thursday says: “By 2050, humanity could devour an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year -- three times its current appetite -- unless the economic growth rate is ‘decoupled’ from the rate of natural resource consumption.”

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Back in his CNN days, the cable crier was baffled by a conversation with the always fascinating William Shatner Even a chatterbox like Beck didn't know what to do with a statement like, "They're pressed together, defecating into the ocean and it's all it's just too much".

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