Human Overpopulation: Too many people?

Many people are asking if overpopulation will break the planet, a fear compounded by the lack of attention given to the issue by elected officials.

Panicked discussions of the climate crisis on this stressed planet are often bolstered by background debate on how fast the Earth’s population is growing, and questions of how many people the planet can support. 

To be sure, a sevenfold increase of the world population over two centuries has stressed the planet to its breaking point. But the problem is not strictly the number of people. It is how people are behaving. A close look at the data reveals a clear path to survival: decrease resource consumption in wealthy countries.

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Overpopulation and global warming  – Is there a connection?

Is overpopulation having a negative effect on the environment and economic stability? This is a question that in one form or another has been asked for years. There are efforts being taken to ensure human sustainability, but solutions are hard to come by.

Most definitions of overpopulation are nearly the same – it is a situation in which the world or an area has a population so large that the people are suffering as a result. In other words, it is an area that’s beyond its capacity to handle the material needs of the people living in it.

In this context, overpopulation can result in starvation due to a shortage of food, limited access to healthcare and other public services, a shortage of housing or overcrowding in cities, and high unemployment.

(Source by Karen Graham | Digital Journal)


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