Since then, we've mostly been agrarians. Nature, which could not care less, will eliminate us. Resource Consumption As the population grows, so too does the amount of resources needed to keep so many people alive. These are natural indicators of the stockpiles of the Earth being stretched to their very limits. Typically factors that increase the death rate tend to act over shorter periods of time, the ones that increase the birth rate tend to do so over longer periods of time. The report further points out that if everyone on the planet had the footprint of the average resident of Qatar, we would need 4. We are depleting the stratospheric ozone that shields us from harmful ultraviolet radiation.
Today, the world is inhabited by over 7 billion people, with China topping the list as the most populated country, followed by India. The first of these is the depletion of resources. It is virtually impossible to compensate for reproducing by consuming less yourself. Overpopulation refers to an undesirable condition where human population exceeds the available natural resources to feed and sustain it. Technological Advancement in Fertility Treatment: With latest technological advancement and more discoveries in medical science, it has become possible for couple who are unable to conceive to undergo fertility treatment methods and have their own babies.
Most of the environmental damage being seen in the last fifty odd years is because of the growing number of people on the planet. The United States is overpopulated because it is depleting its soil and water resources and contributing mightily to the destruction of global environmental systems. We humans are on a similar trajectory and only concerted population reduction before we top out at 10 billion will prevent such a crash for our species. Thus, science has led to an increase in birth rate. The situation is serious in developing nations such as southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa where most of the poor populations submit to inadequate and poor diets.
Adopting birth control measures is considered taboo in certain cultures. Each person on Earth now requires a third more land to supply his or her needs than the planet can supply. Often, such species become invasive, as seen in the above examples of zebra mussels and the introduction of rabbits in Australia. Both the introduction of zebra mussels and rabbits to Australia resulted in invasive species that had catastrophic consequences on the local economy and ecosystem. Inflation is the major consequence of over population.
There are a number of proposed solutions. Family planning helps to create a balance between the population and the resources of a country it means that the population should match the available resources. Talking about overpopulation shows that while there are many factors that can increase the death rate for short periods of time, the ones that increase the birth rate do so over a long period of time. If the number of children born each year equals the number of adults that die, then the population will remain stable. As we become more empathetic to the plight of others, we must also educate people on the dangers of overpopulation and teach environmentalism to growing populations. The variability of estimates has grown larger since 1950, compared to earlier estimates. Getting their children married at an early age increase the chances of producing more kids.
This is an exponential increase in birth rate, leading to questions concerning Earth's carrying capacity. Overpopulation places competitive stress on the basic life sustaining resources, leading to a diminished quality of life. With enormous, cheap energy at its disposal, the human population grew rapidly from 1 billion in 1800 to 2 billion in 1930, 4 billion in 1975, and over 7 billion today. With new technologies, it is possible to grow crops on some marginal land under certain conditions. The Earth has a limited capacity and we must not tear open its bowels to feed ourselves. Indira Gandhi, late Prime Minister of India, implemented a forced sterilization programme in the 1970s.
Industry is one of the major causes of carbon dioxide emissions, which leads to climate change. Faster Climate Change Overpopulation directly correlates to climate change, particularly as larger nations, like China and India, continue to develop their industrial capacities. Due to immigration, the decline in mortality rates, medical breakthroughs, and increased birth rates, populations will always increase and eventually gives rise to overpopulation. Additionally, Rinkesh publishes easy ideas for the average person to be more environmentally conscious. With powerful new electrical and diesel pumping techniques, we are draining our aquifers and lowering our water tables. It is high time we wake up and find the causes of overpopulation and work on them. It is possible for a sparsely populated area to become densely populated if it is not able to sustain life.
It will also help them to understand the need of having one or two children at the most. Families that are facing a hard life and choose to have four or five children should be discouraged. By implementing policies that defend human rights, promote education, and reflect the true economic and environmental costs of childbearing, the world can halt population short of the 9 billion that so many analysts expect. Moreover, due to modern techniques pregnancies today are far more safer. Conflicts and Wars: Overpopulation in developing countries puts a major strain on the resources it should be utilizing for development. Click to see the text in its original format. How have we reached the point that many describe as global overpopulation? Studies suggest that if every member of the human race had a consumption pattern similar to that of the average U.
Generally people fear about their old age. Similarly, human beings stop at one place for a time and then feel the urge to move on again. In many poor countries, slums exhibit high rates of disease due to unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, and lack of basic health care. The country becomes overly populated. Some feel that more children are needed to look after them in their old age. This indirectly forces couples to produce children till a child of the preferred gender is conceived. Overpopulation is an undesirable condition where the number of existing human population exceeds the carrying capacity of Earth.