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The Environmental Issues and Health Effects of a 7 Billion Population

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The Environmental Issues and Health Effects of a 7 Billion Population

According to the Population Reference Bureau, as of the end of October, our planet has officially surpassed a population of 7 billion people.

As the number of people inhabiting our planet gets bigger, the planet itself seems like it is getting smaller. What impact does this population explosion really have on the earth?

Human population has a huge impact on the environment.

Overpopulation has been blamed for deforestation, air pollution, water pollution, a decrease in the diversity of wildlife and global warming.

As our numbers increase, so does our need for agricultural land. This results in the decimation of rainforests at a rate of approximately 80,000 acres a day.

The Threat of Deforestation

Sadly, this isn’t just about cutting down trees. As our rainforests disappear, so do countless organisms and plants, the value of which we are only beginning to learn.

Deforestation also causes erosion and flooding. Even the quality of our air and water is adversely affected by deforestation.

Nearly six tons of carbon dioxide are pumped into the air every year for each of the over 7 billion people on this planet.

While the topic remains highly controversial, there are many official organizations that have now confirmed the fact that these emissions are directly linked to climate change, affecting the plants and wildlife all over the planet.

Researchers at Condordia University conducted research that showed a direct correlation between carbon dioxide emissions and global warming. The American Institute of Physics has published numerous articles making the scientific case for it. The EPA published information detailing how since the industrial revolution, the Earth’s natural Carbon Dioxide sink/source balance has become unstable.

Between global warming, deforestation, and the ever sprawling population, many species of plants and animals are becoming endangered and facing eventual extinction.

Once these species are gone, there is no bringing them back. How the loss of entire ecosystems will affect the fragile web of life on this planet can only be imagined.

Is There a Solution to Overpopulation?

All of this may seem very far from home to many people, inspiring a “who cares?” attitude from those who feel they are unaffected.

However, overpopulation has an impact on public health as well and the health of the planet as a whole.

For example, most deadly diseases are depended on dense populations in order to spread. Illnesses such as H1N1 need new hosts in order to keep going.

As we take advantage of modern conveniences such as air travel, we help those diseases to spread at a more rapid rate.

Areas of the world with faster growing populations tend to also be the most poverty stricken. Poverty seems to go hand-in-hand with a lack of education and a lack of proper healthcare.

This doesn’t even begin to touch on the millions who die each year because of polluted air and water as well as a lack of proper sanitation.

One of the most important keys to curb overpopulation, especially in developing countries, is education. Not simply education about family planning and birth control, but education in general.

Women who receive more education are more likely to delay having children and may have fewer children in their lives. Smaller families tend to be healthier, because it is easier for families to feed and care for them. Education also leads to greater rights for women in countries where they previously had none.

Education can also help developing countries develop energy-saving, cleaner technologies in manufacturing, transportation and all other industries. By reducing the volume of CO2 emissions by humanity, it is still possible to bring the planet back into balance again, and literally save the human race.

–> Science Daily
–> Food Security for 7 Billion
–> EPA
–> World Overpopulation Awareness
–> Population Reference Bureau

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