Overpopulation

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Stories of current times could sound surreal to citizens of the year 2552. Tales of water coming out of the ground, fuel sources called fossil fuels, or vast areas covered in trees would all be stories around the virtual campfire. Lands once known as Africa have become uninhabitable to even the most resilient organisms. At the poles, it is so cold that the fuel lines in vehicles freeze in eleven seconds. The descendants of seven billion people currently inhabiting this world would be faced with hard times if we fail to take action. An additional 80 million people each year are just going to add to problems such as global warming, food and water shortages, fossil fuel depletion, and destroyed ecosystems. All these problems will become more prevalent as world population increases. In 1804 there were a mere billion people. By 1927, it doubled. There were three billion in 1959, four billion in 1974, five billion in 1986, and six billion in 1999. With 218,000 more mouths to feed each day, we are running out of time to take appropriate measures. If the current rate of population growth remains the same, then earth will run out of the land and resources we consume to maintain our lifestyles. The term overpopulation is normally associated with a specific number that represents a large number of people. However, overpopulation is the phenomenon that occurs whenever the environment can no longer sustain the demands of the species that inhabit it and the carrying capacity is exceeded. The carrying capacity is the amount of species that an environment can hold before it begins to degrade. We are edging closer to the threshold of Earth's carrying capacity. We are currently consuming 20 percent more natural resources than our planet can rep... ... middle of paper ... ...quences-of-unequal-d_b_674779.html>. Hoevel, Ann. "Overpopulation Could Be People, Planet Problem." CNN. 25 Sept. 2007. Web. 18 Mar. 2012. . Kristof, Nicholas. "The Birth Control Solution." The New York Times. 2 Nov. 2011. Web. 17 Mar. 2012. . "Living Planet Report 2002." WWF. Web. 15 Mar. 2012. . Minois, Georges. "Too Much Life on Earth?" The New York Times. 13 July 2011. Web. 18 Mar. 2012. .

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