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World Population Explosion- Myth or Reality, and Does it Really Matter?

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01/12/02 Chris lewis World Population Explosion- Myth or Reality, and Does it Really Matter? The world's population is currently growing by over 80 million people each year, and is projected to exceed twelve billion people by around the year 2050. Human numbers are expected to increase by around 80 million people annually for roughly the next 30 years, leading to a global population in 2030 of over 8.5 billion. This level of increase and of total population are practically unheard of, in human history, and create challenges to the environment and the quality of human life previously unimagined. It took only a little over a century for the worlds population to reach two billion in 1930. ...read more.


This means that even if people have fewer children on average, there are so many more people having children overall that population continues to grow. Today, roughly one third of the world's population - nearly two billion people -are under the age of 15. As those young people - most of who live in LEDC's - will start families in the future, and the world's population will explode. The opinions of scientists, politicians, and citizens are deeply divided as to what the future holds. But the two main theories are that of Boserup and Malthus. There are two main theories relating to population growth and resources. These theories are the Malthusian theory and Boserup's theory. ...read more.


Malthus was an 18th century clergyman and believed that population growth was caused by lack of moral restraint and he advised delayed marriage and abstinence from sexual relations. Contrary to this, Boserup believed 'necessity is the mother of invention'. She asserted that an increase in population pressure acts as an incentive to develop new technology and produce more food. Her theory concluded that population growth naturally leads to development. So the theories can both be correct, depending on your personal point of view. My personal view is that malthus' theory is correct to begin with, and the will be a period of time on earth where the populae will experience extreme hardship. However, after this, as Boserup predicted, the human race will adapt to the pressures of the situation, and once again the worlds' population levels will drop, and the situation will continue in a cycle. ...read more.

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