Overpopulation

Maribel Mendoza

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Introduction

Overpopulation is the excessive population of an area to the point of overcrowding, depletion of natural resources, or environmental deterioration.
Overpopulation can affect the environment in many ways. This means that sometimes not enough food is being produced. Also, since there are more people, there will be more garbage and waste.


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What could help overpopulation?

The concerns with overpopulation is that there are getting to be too many people for each of us to get enough resources to live our lives free of hunger and disease. To have the energy to manufacture goods and keep warm. To have places to live, water to drink, social amenities like schools and hospitals. To many of us for all our waste to be treated.

The answer to overpopulation is to maintain the number of people to the point that there is enough of a population to create the social and lifestyle conditions we want, but not so many that the resources cannot meet their needs


Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say


Overpopulation is the world’s top environmental issue, followed closely by climate change and the need to develop renewable energy resources to replace fossil fuels, according to a survey of the faculty at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).


Overpopulation: A Growing Problem (Infographic)

Reference

  • sciencedaily.com
  • ask.com
  • google.com
  • Wikipdea


Is Overpopulation a Big Deal?

Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind’s future. Indeed our very success going forth and multiplying, paired with our ability to extend our life expectancy, has meant that we are perpetually pushing the limits of the resource base that supports us.

When Malthus was worrying about the planet’s “carrying capacity,” there were only about a billion of us on the planet. Today our population tops seven billion. While better health care and medicine along with advances in food production and access to freshwater and sanitation have allowed us to feed ourselves and stave off many health ills, some so-called Neo-Malthusians believe we may still be heading for some kind of population crash, perhaps triggered or exacerbated by environmental factors related to climate change.




http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=human-overpopulation-still-an-issue-of-concern