We Can Stop Overpopulation

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Overpopulation is when the demand of humans is too high for the supply of the earth. Many people do not consider this a threat or have even considered it. Many scientists believe that the world can hold up to 10 billion people which will be in the next 100 years. (Wolchover, 4) Will you or even your children be alive? To many of you the answer is yes. If the world’s fertility rate is above 2.1 children per woman then it is something we need to be conscious about. We can look at the history, present, and future of overpopulation to decide what the next step will be. The first time the world’s population reached over one billion was estimated to be around A.D. 1804. How come it took us since the beginning of humanity to the year 1800 to reach one billion people? The next billion was reached only 123 years later in 1927. Three billion was reached only 33years after that. (Worldometers, 1)Why is it that we are reaching the next billion so quickly, is this a good or bad thing? Since the Industrial Revolution we have reached the next billion people faster. We know that the Industrial Revolution allowed us to practice medicine, learn that living sanitary allows us to live longer, create new inventions, and create suburbanization. As humans we have been able to live longer due to breakthroughs in medical sciences. For example we have created vaccines for small pox, rabies, typhoid fever, the plague, and we are even looking for cancer cures. These viral diseases were threats to humanity and now they are at the same level as a common cold. The plague itself caused 75-200 million deaths. Historically humans could not reach the population count to a billion because they were either fighting each other for land and power or were fighting i... ... middle of paper ... ...atz, Joelle. "The Problem of Overpopulation and How We Can Work to Solve It." www.sundial.csun.edu/. Daily Sundial, 20 Nov. 2011. Web. 08 Feb. 2014.< http://sundial.csun.edu/2011/11/the-problem-of-overpopulation-and-how-we-can-work-to-solve-it/> News Desk. "India's "sex Drive" Solution to Population Explosion." GlobalPost. GlobalPost – International News, 11 July 2011. Web. 08 Feb. 2014. < http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/indias-sex-drive-solution-population-explosion >. Worldometers. "Current World Population." Worldometers: Real Time World Statistics. Worldometers, 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. < http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/> Wolchover, Natalie. "How Many People Can Earth Support?." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 11 Oct. 2011. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. < http://www.livescience.com/16493-people-planet-earth-support.html >.

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