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Effects of Increasing World Population

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Introduction

´╗┐Increasing Population According to the US Census Bureau, the estimated population of the world 2 centuries ago in 1800 was around 1 billion people. As of March 2012 is it 7,003,019,800 and that number is expected to increase by about 212,035 every day. This increase in population is known to be the biggest in history. This huge increase in world population has led many people to wonder and question how the population was able to increase at such a high rate and how it could affect the world as we know it. With intensive research and logical reasoning we are now able to understand the population growth spurt. The biggest factor that has led to the growth of the population is the industrial revolution. The Industrial revolution was a period from 1750 to 1850 where changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and technology had a profound effect on the social, economic and cultural conditions of the times. ...read more.

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Areas with low standards of living have high birth rates, but also have high infant mortality rates. As the standard of living increases, better medical care leads to lower infant mortality rates and fertility medications increase a woman's chances for pregnancy. Statistically, societies with high standards of living tend to stabilize and eventually decline in population. Although the cause of the increase in population seems beneficial and healthy to mankind, its effects are mostly negative and turn into a liability in the years to come. Looking at the statistics, the way the world is heading right now is to overpopulation. Overpopulation is a generally undesirable condition where an organism's numbers exceed the carrying capacity of its habitat. If the world reaches the state of overpopulation many negative effects will follow. There would be increased levels of air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination and noise pollution. ...read more.

Conclusion

A growing population leads to several environmental issues as well as social problems. An increasing population can be attributed to several variables. Within countries, we can credit the growth to increased immigration or lack of migration. Lack of education and contraceptive use and the need or desire for more children also adds to the population. In more developed countries we can attribute the population rises to better medical care, thus a longer lifespan and/or fewer deaths. As a result of this overpopulation we experience social issues such as increased rates of poverty, crime, disease, and environmental problems such as increased global warming, natural disasters, loss of habitat, pollution, and more. It is very necessary that these threats are addressed, as they will affect people worldwide. It is important that we look at these problems since every human has the ability to prevent future damages and adjust their lifestyles to decelerate this increase in population. ...read more.

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