Overpopulation

Life on Earth

Biodiversity is having variety in life. Over time the world’s population has increased to nearly 7.5 billion people. This could cause problems in certain areas due to too many people in that area. Too many people in an area results in an excess amount of waste, excessive pollution, and crowding. Ways to prevent these from happening would be to reduce the number of people in the certain area, build up instead of out, or live in bio homes. Overpopulation could cause planet problems ("Overpopulation", cnn.com) and the areas most overpopulated area is in Southern Africa ("Overpopulation", nationalgeographic.com).

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History of Overpopulation

Since the early 1400s when the bubonic plague was affecting mortality rates, overpopulation has been an issue. Although it may not be a huge issue in England now, it still greatly affects developing countries.

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Destroying Our Planet

Currently overpopulation is spreading thin food resources (FAO) and areas where we can build. If we do not start to control population rates we, as a species, will destroy forests worldwide (PRB). Because of the high number of people on our planet, the emission our cars put into the atmosphere, the amount of land we destroy, and the amount of fuel resources we consume are slowly overusing our planet. To help control these there are multiple solutions.


  • To control emission we could help fund the invention of a more environmentally friendly vehicle or reduce the number of cars on the roads.
  • To help reduce the land we destroy we could start the building of bio-homes, which are environmentally friendly homes, or build higher up into the sky with apartment buildings.
  • To reduce the amount of resources we burn through we could make solar power panels available to more people.

Slowing Population Growth

Possible solutions to slowing population rates are reducing the average birth rate to two or below, which would be a simple fix, and another way to mitigate overpopulation would be to make contraceptives more easily available. With technology advancing at the rate it is actually helping sustain life, which is contributing to the population.

Cites

"National Geographic: Eye in the Sky--Overpopulation." National Geographic: Eye in the Sky--Overpopulation. National Geographic, n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2016


"Overpopulation." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2016


"Population Growth and Deforestation: A Critical and Complex Relationship."Population Growth and Deforestation: A Critical and Complex Relationship. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2016


"Population Growth and the Food Crisis." Population Growth and the Food Crisis. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2016