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Excessive population growth

By: Victor Alvarado

 

One of the greatest environmental threats is human overpopulation. For the past few decades, the human population has been exponentially growing, from 4.8 million in 1980 to 7.4 billion in 2015, the human population has yet to be controlled and continues to increase, but at what cost?

Ross Blanc, an environmentalist and writer of an article called “How does Population Growth Affects the Environment Sustainability?”, wrote of how human population growth negatively affects the environment. “The population of humans grows in certain cities or rural areas, more resources must be used to maintain the well-being of the population. With the increasing pressure on available resources, many habitats are being destroyed”.  Blanc claims that this growth in population results in increasing needs and usage of resources. These resources are extracted directly from the environment without much regard for the safety and sanctity for what harm might be done to the habitat.

This is such a prominent issue because as we destroy more of our environment, we are paving the way to more environmental issues. The destruction of large areas of trees lead to increased levels of erosion and decreased levels of Co2 absorption, both factors that ultimately affect the human population. Increased levels of erosion may also cause structure damage, crop destruction, and/or dust pollution; decreased levels of Co2 absorption may worsen the already existing global warming crisis.

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