Essay on Effects of Population Growth on Environment

2386 Words Apr 27th, 2009 10 Pages
Effects of Population Growth on Environment

This is not the latest jackpot prize, but 6.5 billion is a very formidable number. It [It must refer to a specific word in the sentence or the reader can become confused.] is the population of the earth. The human population has been increasing at an accelerated rate in the last century; unfortunately, not much has been done to slow down this process. Undoubtedly overpopulation is a global issue. It [It must refer to a specific word in the sentence or the reader can become confused.] is global because it pertains to all humanity affects the whole world, i.e. the environment. Almost all human activities affect negatively the environment in one form or another, as human population will expand
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In order to preserve the well-being of human and wildlife populations that depends on healthy, functioning ecosystems. Rapid and unchecked human population growth and the resulting increases in resource consumption lie at the heart of most, if not all, environmental problems. Global warming is no exception. The unprecedented increase in human numbers is paralleled by the highest levels of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas production in history (Glick, 2001).

Scientists are also finding that a warmer, CO2-rich world may be a positive for plants, but not for humans, because with an abundance of CO2 in the atmosphere, it will create more intense heat waves, such as the one that killed thousands of people in Europe in 2003. The rapid growth of plant life increases the pollen in the air, which causes health problems in many people. The warmer climate also increases the life of certain insects, one of which is he mosquito and every summer the West Nile virus earlier and earlier. In a greenhouse world, tropical diseases will expand their range and their prevalence (Begley, 2007).

While industrial nations have been primarily responsible for high emission levels in the recent past, the rapidly growing population of the developing world will be a major factor in future emissions levels. Researchers are looking to curb and reduce emissions, many in developing countries need to
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