Overpopulation is a term that is often used and many assume that global population growth is a ‘population bomb’ to will be one of the major problems in the next 50 years. Some researchers argue that the problem is overstated; in this 20 minute lecture geographer Danny Dorling says that overconsumption is the real issue, not population growth per se. In this New York Times article, geographer Earle Ellis discusses how the world’s carrying capacity expands with technological advances and that demographic statistics show that growth won’t continue forever. Others fear that humanity will outstrip the world’s carrying capacity, including the letters to the editor responding to the original NY Times article.
Questions to Ponder: Do you see population growth as a looming problem that will negatively impact humanity? If so how much should we be concerned?
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