The Problem of Overpopulation and Poverty

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"One of the greatest dangers planet Earth faces today is that of over-population by humans," (Otherwise, n.d.). Although not all regions of the world are growing equally as fast, the planet is experiencing an explosion in human population. There are more people on the planet than ever before, and the most rapid growth has happened within the last century. According to one source, human population growth is in a J-curve shape, a visualization showing that the increase is sudden and accelerating ("Population Growth Over Human History," 2006). "Common sense tells us that such growth cannot continue - otherwise within a few hundred years every square foot of the Earth's surface would be taken up by a human," (Population Growth Over Human History," 2006). Some of the possible ill effects of population growth are already evident: increasing problems related to resource depletion, habitat degradation, and resulting violent conflicts over scarce resources. Solving the problem of population growth is not easy, and there are no quick solutions. Moreover, each country has a different approach to curbing population growth. China, for example, understood the detrimental effects of overpopulation. Since 1978, the Chinese government has legally limited the number of children a woman can have to just one person. There are exceptions to the rule, but in general, the one-child policy has curbed growth somewhat in the largest nation on the planet. Yet "China has paid a huge political and
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