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How overpopulation affects the world

Overpopulation is an undesirable condition where the number of existing human population exceeds the carrying capacity of earth.

Human overpopulation is among the most pressing environmental issues, silently aggravating the forces behind global warming, environmental pollution, habitat loss, the sixth mass extinction, intensive farming practices and the consumption of finite natural resources, such as fresh water, arable land and fossil fuels.

Following are the disadvantages of overpopulation.

More mouths to feed, lower standard of living, poverty, overcrowded cities, sickness and spreading of diseases, insufficient natural resources to provide adequate goods and services, inadequate facilities such as housing, medical, etc., problem of starvation and malnourished population, 10 billion people is the uppermost carrying capacity of the earth where the food is concerned, the world’s population today numbering some 7.6 Billion people may approach 8 billion by the year 2020, zero population growth is a condition of demographic balance when the number of people in a specified population neither grows nor declines, considered as a social aim by some.

Overpopulation can be defined as the state of the population where there are people more people than they can live on the earth in comfort, happiness and health and still leave the world a fit place for future generations.

Overpopulation is the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, an impaired quality of life or a population crash.

Human overpopulation occurs when the ecological footprint of a human population in a specific geographical location exceeds the carrying capacity of the place occupied by the group.

Overpopulation remains the leading driver of hunger, desertification, species depletion and a range of social melodies across the planet.

Overpopulation is not just about food shortage and human sufferings. Ecologists explain that the collapse in global biodiversity is also linked to overpopulation.

D. Weeratunga
Nugegoda 


 

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