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Population and the Environment - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Have you ever tried to find an apartment to rent but there just weren't any available? This is something that results from a population problem. Too many people lived in your area, and therefore, all the apartments were rented. In less-developed areas of the world, overpopulation can cause even worse problems. For example, people in underdeveloped areas may have trouble finding clean water because there simply isn't enough to go around. The size of a population in any area has consequences, which can be good or bad. In this chapter you will learn about populations and their different characteristics and problems. Some of the topics that will be covered include:
- Biotic potential
- Thomas Malthus
- Economic inequality
- Poverty and carrying capacity
- Demographic transition
- Differences in population characteristics
|The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size||See what factors can change population size.|
|Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population||Study biotic potential and carrying capacity.|
|The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity||Learn about human population growth and Earth's carrying capacity.|
|Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth||Find out about Thomas Malthus' ideas on human population growth.|
|Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations||Examine the differences in highly, moderately, and less-developed countries.|
|Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability||Explore the roles of poverty and population growth as they relate to carrying capacity and global sustainability.|
|What Is Demographic Transition? - Definition & Stages||Take a look at demographics and demographic transition.|
|Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries||Discover the difference in the population characteristics of highly developed and developing countries.|
|Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas||Learn about trends in the distribution of people in rural and urban areas.|
|Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption||Study how human population size relates to natural resources and resource consumption.|
1. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size
The human population is constantly changing. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that cause increases and decreases in the human population, including births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.
2. Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population
When you look around, you can see a number of different individuals and species. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that control and define how many organisms can really inhabit a particular ecosystem or habitat.
3. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
Most of us are used to the current size of the human population but it was not always this large. In this lesson, we will explore the history of human population growth and the future of its growth.
4. Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth
In this lesson, we will explore the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. We will also investigate if his predictions have come true or not.
5. Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations
Not everyone has the same house, the same car, or makes the same amount of money. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of economic inequality and investigate what characteristics make a nation developed or developing.
6. Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability
Worldwide poverty is a large issue. In this lesson, we will explore how poverty influences population growth rates and how these things relate to carrying capacity and global sustainability.
7. What Is Demographic Transition? - Definition & Stages
There are many differences between non-industrial and industrial countries. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of demographic transition and the stages that guide a country through its changes into an industrial country.
8. Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries
The population of a country is based on many factors. In this lesson, we will explore several important factors that differ between developed and developing countries.
9. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas
The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.
10. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption
What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.
11. Urban Population Growth and Compact Development
The population growth rates in urban areas are on the rise, and as more people move to cities, there are many problems that can occur. We will discuss several issues associated with this growth and also a potential method for minimizing the effects.
12. Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption
How many people can the Earth support? In this lesson, we will explore population growth and some of the concerns associated with this growth, including overpopulation and overconsumption.
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Other chapters within the DSST Environmental Science: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Introduction to Environmental Science
- Interaction Among Organisms in the Ecosystem
- Evolving Ecosystems
- Geological Science
- Atmospheric Science and the Environment
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Biological Science
- Pollution of Freshwater Resources
- Food and Agricultural Resources
- Land Resources
- Human Impact on the Environment
- Renewable Resources
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment