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Overpopulation in the World The world is a big place but it seems to be filling up rapidly these days A total of approximately six billion people inhabit the Earth today and the numbers are expected to increase by fifty percent in the next twenty-five years Ashmead 16 Overpopulation is an issue that faces societies all over the world There are numerous effects that overpopulation presents to people daily The growing population puts demands on limited necessities such as the food supply natural resources and the ability for people to find employment There are other detrimental consequences that result from overpopulation Some of these include pollution famine disease deforestation traffic congestion and global warming are just a few All of the above cannot necessarily be prevented but technology is being used to help improve the situations Although many people are unaware of the destruction that is taking place some effort is being made to notify the public of the current issue of overpopulation For the most part overpopulation is not looked upon as a serious problem Many are not concerned with the number of people but it is the way resources are used that are hurting mankind As the population continues to explode researchers fear that Earths carrying capacity will be met in the near future The Matthews 2 term carrying capacity is used to define the limits on population with respect to the resources Earth has to offer Ehrilch 6 If the researchers predictions come true and the carrying capacity is met it will be tragic and devastating for many The number of deaths related to famine and disease will continue to soar because great pressure is being placed on land water energy and biological resources to provide an adequate supply of food while manufacturing the integrity of our ecosystem Pimental 1 The valuable resources that are obtained from the Earth play an important decision in our economy More than
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