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Problems of world population

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Every day we add 227000 more people to the planet and the UN predicts that the human population will surpass 11 billion by the end of the century. When the population grows it demands more water, land, trees and fossil fuels, etc. Our current population is 7,893,151,726 (approx). Both domestic and global population growth is adding to conflicts over water, energy, food, open space, and transportation, etc. In developing countries, large families which consist of a maximum no. of members are a major cause of poverty and poor health. The impact of so many humans on the environment takes two major forms: consumption of resources such as land, food, water, air, fossil fuels, and minerals. waste products as a result of consumption such as air and water pollutants, toxic materials, and greenhouse gases. One of the biggest threats of continued population growth is deforestation and loss of biodiversity. We do not know the extent to which we can continue to lose species before the ecological system collapses, but many ecologists and other scientists – including 58 of the world’s scientific academies – have warned we are approaching that point. Adding to this is the growing toxification of the environment, with thousands of chemicals that have been released by various companies without a good scientific understanding of their long-term effects.


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