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Effects of Population Growth on the Environment - Chapter Summary
Scientists monitor the growth of the human population for a multitude of reasons, but this chapter has been constructed to focus on the relationship between population growth and its effects on the environment. In these lessons you will read about major concepts and concerns caused by an ever-growing population, such as whether we have enough resources to accommodate the rate of growth. As you make your way through each lesson, we provide you with evaluation tools that can help you measure how much information you are absorbing. The lesson quizzes, for example, ask you questions about definitions, vocabulary words, concepts, image recognition, problem-solving, and more. Chapter exams are also available for an added challenge. The topics you will cover within the lessons in this chapter are as follows:
- A historic overview of the growth of the human population
- Population growth in relation to carrying capacity, sustainability, and poverty
- The effects of a growing population on resource consumption
- Overconsumption compared to overpopulation
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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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