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World population nears 7 billion: Can we handle it?

World population nears 7 billion: Can we handle it? | Geography Education |
She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.


Here are some more perspectives on demographics, climbing population totals and the consequences and realities of these numbers. 

Lisa Fonseca's comment, October 19, 2011 5:46 PM
I do not believe we can continue to increase drastically in population and handle it. Natural resources eventually end. Agriculturally we may be able to grow crops and food but eventually that too will come to a shortage. With an increase in population we increase in levels of pollution in the air, soil, and water. Inadequate water supply for drinking and sewage is another problem we could face. Just overall we would increase in higher levels of poverty because the shortage of jobs would continue to increase. This would lead to an abundance of things such an malnutrition, starvation, increase in homeless population and so much more.
Seth Dixon's comment, October 21, 2011 1:01 PM
Back the Nepal forest video, sustainability of resource consumption is the key. There are complications with population growth no doubt...but which are the CULTURAL issues surrounding population growth?
Samantha Johns's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:14 AM

I believe if the world keeps producing offspring like this that we will soon be overpopulated.  There is only a limited  amount of resources and with the high birth rate and lower death rate we will soon have nothing at all.  The soon to be 7 billion people on this earth will only produce more, and with more means less food and natural resources.

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