The Environmental Impact of Overpopulation Essay

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The human population has continued to grow through the decades. The increasingly large number of people that have become apart of the world population has become a major problem. The consequences of the world being over populated has numerous effects which include: Environmental effects, depletion of natural resources, effects on the economy, food and water instability, and mass species extinction. Without a solution to the rise in human population, by the year 2020, 8 billion people will live on earth and by the year 2050, 9 billion people will inhabit the planet.  Such an increase will bring about an overwhelmingly large usage of the planets resources. This result could bring about massive destruction for humans, animals and the…show more content…
With such a increase in world population, America will not be able to keep up with the massive demand for fresh water and crops. American food exports will no longer be available to other countries because of the great demand for food in there own country. Leaving other countries without crops and water to survive own there own creating poverty and starvation. Agriculture is a major emitter of greenhouse gases but, as Clive points out in the book Requiem for a Species: "Population growth will make the task of reducing… emissions much harder because food is the first item of consumption humans must have." (Meredith) Greenhouse gases cause climate change which results in climates that were once able to sustain crop growth to become barren. “By 2050 life on this planet will be drastically different from the climate which is already falling to pieces.” (Motyka). Because of more humans populating the world, more places to live are needed. The need for space, unfortunately, leads forests’ being chopped down for wood and other materials, pastures and land where different animal species live are being torn down resulting in animals becoming endangered and even extinct. Massive pollution from
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