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article imageScientists worry damage may be irreparable in Haiti

By Ryan Mahon     Jan 16, 2010 in Environment
The situation in Haiti is far worse than we could imagine, even before the quake of Jan. 12. Some scientists now report the earthquake in Haiti reveals ecological collapse, a modern-day Easter Island.
The term scientists are using is "Overshoot," meaning the population has far surpassed any hope of the environment sustaining them.
According to a report in Energy Bulletin, Haiti has 10 times the population density of the United States and the highest density in the Western Hemisphere. To reach that density, the United States would have to be crowded with 2.7 billion additional residents.
What we are witnessing in the wake of the most recent disaster, they argue, is not the devastating impact of a mere earthquake, but the impact of a crisis in an environment where the energy needs of a population have surpassed the ability of the environment in which they are living to sustain that need.
The situation has reached a virtually irreversible slide into extinction: 97 percent of the land has been stripped bare of trees. As a result, flood waters inundate towns and wash away roads at such a high rate that houses and roads are washed away again before they can be completely rebuilt.
A similar video report by the New York Times, indicates the environment in Haiti has degraded to the point that it will be unable to sustain human life by 2020. More info in the video above.
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