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The Detrimental Effects of Overpopulation The shortsighted policies of the present towards population growth are dangerously narrowing our options for avoiding environmental disaster in the not so faraway future Ignoring the problem of rapid population growth in the developing world could be the ultimate global blunder one from which there may be no recovery Numerous concerned organizations are involved in a noble effort to slow the continuing deterioration of the world environment including scores of potentially catastrophic concerns which have long term consequences such as the ozone layer increased emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere causing temperature rise and thus melting the ice cap with the resulting rise of ocean levels the exhaustion of the crude oil supply and deforestation until there is not enough plant life to convert carbon dioxide back into oxygen to name just a few The set of circumstances that will be focused on here are fresh water supply urbanization and lastly waste and pollution The time it takes a population to double in size is a dramatic way to picture rates of population growth one more easily understood than percentage growth rates Human populations grow in a pattern that is essentially exponential According to the Worldwatch Institute At the end of 1997 we shared the Earth with 80 million more people than a year earlier Of this total nearly 50 million people were added in Asia the region that is already home to more than half of humanity Each month the world adds the equivalent of another SwedenWWI 15 In 1950 the world population was 2556 billion and by 1987 it had risen to 5018 billion US Bureau of the Census According to these figures it only took 37 years for the population to double with these figures it could be predicted that in the next 50 years world population could reach 94 billion calculated at 14 annual growth rate Controlling population growth depends on the international communitys
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