Be fruitful, advocates Judeo-Christian Scripture, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Historical demographics reveal how diligently we¡¦ve complied with this ¡§Eleventh Commandment.¡¨ Eight millennia before the Savior¡¦s birth, global population is inferred to have been roughly five millions. When Julius Caesar fell to the daggers of envious men, the estimate jumps to approximately two hundred and fifty millions, then escalates in the mid-seventeenth century to half a billion. By 1850 it reached one billion, and circa 1930"oless than a century later"osome two billion humans lived out their lives in the world¡¦s continents and islands. At the turn of the third millennium, six billion crowded the globe, and the fragile planetary environment began to show definite signs of a marginal ability to sustain them. Despite wars, famines, plagues and other natural disasters, the relentless numbers keep marching upward at an alarming, exponential rate--three or four births each second, eleven or twelve thousand per hour--and will double again in a relatively short span of years. But what lies beyond the crucial nexus when our planet can no longer tolerate the succeeding multitudes? Learn the draconian population control tactic illustrated in TRIAGE, and pray that this fictional account never turns into reality.