By: Ashley Williams and Azeen Bemani

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The Real Victim of Overpopulation Will be The Environment

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What Impact Does it Have on Forests and Farmlands?

Overpopulation in Europe is starting to wipe out tons of forests. All species in forests are becoming extinct because as more people come into Europe, more space needs to be available . Another reason why trees are being cut down in Eurpoe is the need for paper. People need to use paper for different reasons and the need of paper is becoming more which means they have to start cutting trees down. Farmlands are also starting to decrease because more space needs to be created for people to live over there. The farmers are soon going have to find a different place to regrow their crops and feed their animals so they can provide food for people. Houses are also being built where farmlands are. With the new farming policies, it has made different of species decrease and has made it harder to farm.

How is this affecting Biodiversity?

Overpopulation leads to the loss of biodiversity. It also leads instability in the ecocycle of the environment.
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What is Being Done to Fix Overpopulation? Can it be Fixed?

There are many arguments of whether overpopulation can be fixed or not. The positive side of opinions state that by decreasing the birth rate of the world, we would be able to stop overpopulation. The negative side of opinions state that there are about 7 billion people on Earth already, and there is nothing we could do in order to prevent this from continuing.

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What Imapct does Overpopulation have on Water Supply and Water Pollution?

As the population in Europe increases, the water starts to deplete. We can see that this will be a big problem in the future because they will not be able to keep up with the population and the water supply. Over time, it will cause a worldwide panic and the world’s population will not be able to keep all of the people that it is holding. Not only does the water get depleted but it can get polluted. As more people need water, with more people it will get worse in water quality.

How does this Have an affect on Soil Health and Food?

The increase on demand for food production results from population growth. Farmers begin to cultivate dry, hilly, nutrient-poor areas that are not very suitable for farming since the farmable land in overpopulated regions is limited. When expolited lands, are more susceptible to lose nutrients.

It is estimated that 1.2 billion hectares of land, approximately the size of Europe, U.S. and Mexico combined, have lost much of their agricultural output capability in the last 50 years.


"A billion people — that's 1 in 7 — go hungry around the world today, but that's not because the planet is incapable of producing enough food to feed them. After all, as much as half the food produced worldwide ends up wasted, either rotting in the fields, the markets or in our refrigerator. We could feed 7 billion, 8 billion, 9 billion and probably more — if we chose to do so."
-Time Lists (TIME Special Report)

The idea of Overpopulation and it's functions coming to an end is a myth to a bundle of people.

Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth
Overpopulation mostly occurs in places elsewhere from Europe; in poorer countries in other parts of the world and even third war countries.

Essential Question

How does Overpopulation effect the growth of people and prosperity in the European Region?