The Earth could not give less of a rip as to exactly what kind of mites infest its surface, nor what they do with said surface. It is no more likely to expire than the sun. We, however, might have some problems, but the Earth? It’ll be here when the sun goes cold. Or blows up. Either way, a long time.
Human population is set to stabilize at about 9-10 billion this century. If anything it may start going down (until we learn how immortality works, which I’m assuming wouldn’t be long after the 2050s).
We do not have enough natural resources to let everyone live like an American. The stat that 5% of us use 25% of the world’s resources would imply we need a half a dozen earths to support 9-10 billion people by US standards.
So one of several things can and will happen.
We will lower our standards of living
We will find ways around our limited natural resources either by finding more of the limited ones (more recycling, better mining) or by discovering alternatives that are not as finite.
I do not think there will be mass death or starvation though. It requires very few resources to keep humans alive. Basic food and public health is about all it takes.
The person who wrote the news article use the term Earth will expire by 2050. What they are saying we are runing out of land ,wood ,fish and other natural resources may be like gold ,siver ,copper and metal.
The Earth obviously is not going to run out of land, unless it becomes Waterworld, which, by the way, it won’t.
The Earth isn’t running out of wood and never will. World forest coverage is declining but very, very slowly, and almost all the decline is in South America. Even if nothing were done about it - and things ARE being done about it - we wouldn’t run out of forest by 3050, much less 2050. Wood conservation is very easy, compared to other forms of conservation, and has been wildly successful anywhere that any government has taken it even halfway seriously:
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.
The human race may make some stupid decisions that make it more difficult for the world to support several billion of us for awhile, but it’ll be self-correcting after awhile: human population will drop, the environment will recover somewhat, etc. The Earth has survived previous environmental cataclysms (like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs), and will survive us too.
And/or 3 (or possibly 2a): Have a standard of living that is roughly as good as that of Americans, but less wasteful. Less disposable goods, more durable goods, that sort of thing; part of our problem is that our consumer-based economy pretty much depends on an awful lot of wasted motion to stay healthy. It means that everything is made to wear out fast because otherwise people won’t buy new ones.