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POPULATION EXPLOSION There are now 58 billion human beings on the planet and according to the UN the population of earth is expected to grow to around 85 billion by 2050 In a world that currently wrestles with such serious problems as global warming the thinning of the ozone layer increasing crime rates toxic chemicals in our food and starvation in developing nations each of which is at least partially due to growing world population its hard to imagine anyone opposing restraints on population controls However there are those that do Governments in developing countries see contraceptives as a bad solution rather than a logical one Overpopulation is like a big magnifying glass making little problems into big ones Overpopulation is destroying our environment lowering our standard of living and generally degrading our quality of life Overpopulation occurs when there are so many individuals in an area that the population must exist on their own resources The resources necessary to their survival become depleted at a rate faster than those resources can be replenished The waste generated by the population exceeds the ability to dispose of it faster than it is created The population of the United States will have increased from around 272 million currently to around 276 million by the end of the year 2000 and to around 330 million by the end of 2025 All too often however the damage to the environment is simply moved into some other back yard Experts support increased access to birth control information and contraceptives for women in the developing world They also think that sex education will reduce the number of maternal and infant deaths as well as the spread of AIDS Some even believe
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