IRG Reading Response Week 7

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Andrea Pinilla Dr. Anderson IRG- 40235 October 15 2014 Reading Response Week 7 After WWII, the world witnessed the greatest increase in human population it has ever seen along with problems concerning limited resources needed to sustain life. Advancements in health procedures and sanitation helped decrease death rates dramatically and expand life expectancy. The end of the Second World War also ignited the start of the baby boom era, a period of high birth rates. The combination of low death rates and high birth rates resulted in the overall surge in human population. With the increase of people inhabiting the planet, there was an increased need to supply people with food and other necessities quickly and efficiently, and energy, mostly oil, provided the power to do this. Oil, as McNeill and Engelke note, was a cheap energy source that fueled machinery, like cars, making people’s day-to-day life easier to manage.
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Unformatted text preview: But oil, like other energy sources, had major setbacks and continues to negatively impact the Earth to this day. The burning of fossil fuels has polluted Earth’s atmosphere with greenhouse gasses, while the construction of nuclear plants and hydropower dams has left the area susceptible to catastrophic accidents, such as the huge nuclear explosion in Chernobyl that left thousands dead and mutated (McNeill 390). Another consequence of the huge population growth is deforestation. In order to make room for new people and cattle, forests are cut and burned. The obliteration of forests not only decreases the amount of biodiversity but also increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the air since plants are no longer there to inhale the gas....
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  • Spring '14
  • Demography, World population, Life expectancy, high birth rates

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