Overpopulation And Its Effects On The Environment

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Overpopulation is often Times argued as one of the most severe, if not the most severe, environmental problem. This past year world population exceeded 7.3 billion and continues to grow at an alarming rate. By the year 2050 it is projected that world population will exceed over nine billion. Overpopulation puts a serious strain on the world and its resources and is a root cause of many environmental issues. Issues such as, climate change, diminishing biodiversity, and pollution, are all just some of the problems caused by overpopulation. In order to control the rapid population growth it is imperative that countries begin to further educate their citizens in family planning and responsible resource consumption.
Paul Ehrlich, an American scientist and a former professor of population studies at Stanford University, states that
"For an area to be considered overpopulated; its population reaches a point where it can 't be maintained without rapidly depleting nonrenewable resources (or converting renewable resources into nonrenewable ones) and without degrading the capacity of the environment to support the population." (Caion-Demaestri)
Studies suggest that when it comes to our consumption of the earth’s resources, society is living beyond its means (Dimick.) Without natural resources, life on earth does not exist and at the rate that the earth’s human population is growing, resources are running out faster than most are aware of. Finite natural resources, including freshwater,…
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