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Population & The Environment Overview - Chapter Summary
Take a look at these engaging video lessons to study human population growth and the environment. Our expert instructors help you understand the ways in which the growth of the human population and industrial developments have affected the environment throughout history. You'll learn about factors that affect the size of the human population and see how to assess a population's carrying capacity and biotic potential.
Be sure to take the accompanying lesson quizzes to check your understanding of the chapter's key concepts. You can study these lessons whenever it's convenient and use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter materials. Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be equipped to:
- Summarize the history of human carrying capacity and population growth
- Describe sparsely populated regions of the world
- Define population density, urban population growth and compact development
- Explain how economic inequality differs between developed and developing nations
- Understand the relationship between carrying capacity, population growth, poverty and sustainability
- Identify the population characteristics of developing and highly-developed countries
- Tell how population size impacts the consumption of resources and differentiate between overconsumption and overpopulation
- Evaluate the environmental affects of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions
- Analyze the environmental changes that have occurred due to population growth and industrial development in emerging nations
1. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size
Human population refers to the number of humans on Earth, a number that has changed drastically over time due to influential factors. Discover the definition of population and learn how factors like natality, birth rate, and immigration affect population size.
2. Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population
Biotic potential is the rate at which a species reproduces with unlimited conditions, while carrying capacity is the maximum population size an ecosystem can support indefinitely. Explore the ins and outs of biotic potential and carrying capacity in this lesson.
3. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
This lesson will explore the history of the world population and the carry capacity of Earth. Examine the pre-agricultural period, the agricultural period, and the industrial period, and learn about their connections to the changes in the world population.
4. Sparsely Populated World Regions
This lesson will explain the reasons for a sparse population distribution. In doing so, it will highlight the factors of relief, natural resources, climate, and political and economic stability. It will also give examples of sparsely populated areas.
5. What Is Population Density? - Definition & Measurements
This lesson will seek to explain the concept of population density. It will focus on three specific measurements of density. They are arithmetic, physiological, and agricultural density.
6. Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations
Economic inequality refers to the differences in wealth between individuals and populations. Learn about economic inequality and the differences in developed nations and developing nations.
7. Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability
Poverty occurs when an individual lacks the financial resources to meet their basic needs. Discover what poverty is, how it's measured, and how it impacts population growth, carrying capacity, and global sustainability.
8. Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries
Highly developed and developing countries have different population characteristics. Learn about the characteristics that are based not only on climate, population size, and culture, but also on differences between infant mortality rates, the number of children a woman has during her reproductive years, and the population of the country based on age.
9. 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.
10. Urban Population Growth and Compact Development
Urban population growth occurs as people move from rural to urban cities, creating dense population centers. Learn what problems urbanization can cause and how compact development promotes livable urban communities.
11. 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.
12. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.
13. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.
14. Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment
Industrial development has brought economic prosperity to a number of less developed countries. Learn about the environmental challenges and risks associated with these newly emerging national economies.
15. Population Growth, the Environment & Environmental Change
Human populations are growing at an incredible rate, and this could have serious impacts on the environment. Explore these impacts and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the UExcel World Population: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Demography & World Population
- Demographic Perspectives & Theories
- Measures & Determinants of Human Fertility Basics
- Measures & Determinants of Human Mortality Overview
- Understanding Human Migration & Urbanization
- Family Demographics
- Case Studies: Trends in Global Population
- UExcel World Population Flashcards