The Impact of Population Growth Essay

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Overpopulation is increasing every year and will eventually consume the planet. According to Nasif Nahle, overpopulation is “a term that refers to a condition by which the population density enlarges to a limit that provokes the environmental deterioration, a remarkable decline in the quality of life, or a population collapse.” People often ignore the subject of overpopulation, but this predicament is the world’s leading problem that society is burdened with going into the future. Unless the human population across the world lowers drastically, the consequences of overpopulation will ensue. The beginning of the world’s overpopulation has various causes. One of the main causes of the impending overpopulation is recent medical advances. In …show more content…
Overpopulation results in several consequences to the earth and the people who live on it. The current population of the world is roughly seven point one billion people (“U.S. and World Population Clock”). What has the population of the world been in the past? Between 1960 and 1975 the population was approximately two billion. Then, in 1987, the population was about five billion. After that, in 1999, it was six billion (Lutz and Qiang), and after that, the world population was six point two billion people in 2002 (Fowler). From 1960 to 2013, there has been an increase of nearly five point one billion people. Researches project the population will increase from eight to ten billion people by the end of the twenty-first century (Lutz and Qiang). Like a disease, the human population is growing and spreading, and without any treatment, the consequences of overpopulation will transpire. “The global consequences of human activity are not something to face in the future… they are with us now” (Vitousek, Mooney, Lubonenco, and Melillo). One consequence from human population growth is the destruction of this planet. Some of the well-known consequences of human overpopulation are deforestation, the depletion of natural resources, and air pollution. The more people there are on Earth, the greater amount of deforestation, use of natural resources, and air pollution is going to occur. When people think of deforestation, most

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