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Running Head: SOCIAL IMPACT OF POPULATION GROWTH 1 Social Impact of Population Growth John W. Scott Prof Lunsford, Terry Solutions to Global Issues January 27, 2019
Social Impact of Population Growth 2 Introduction There are some serious effects that are occurring through the overpopulation of the earth. Back in 2018, the population reached 7.6 billion people. (Worldometers 2019) The overwhelming increase of the world's population is putting a terrible strain on the environment and the planet itself. One of the major contributing factors to the overpopulation is the birth to death ratio and the advancements in modern medicine. Some of the major contributing factors that need to be taken into consideration with the overpopulation of the earth are the over- abundance of greenhouse gases within our atmosphere, the use of non-renewable resources, and ways in which the population growth can be controlled. While it is important for everyone to live a happy and healthy life it is also important to ensure that the world in which we live on is happy and healthy as well. Greenhouse gases and their contribution to global warming Greenhouse gasses trap heat within the earth's atmosphere. There are various gases that are classified as greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases. Each of these gases has some type of effect on the climate, and some are more of a contributing factor than others. The number one contributing greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide which back in 2016 made up 81% of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. (EPA 2018) Carbon dioxide comes from various sources primarily from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gases. The only viable way carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere is when it is absorbed by plants through a biological cycle. With all of these greenhouse gases that have nowhere to go but up into the earth's atmosphere, there are bound to be some detrimental effects that they cause. The earth's
Social Impact of Population Growth 3 atmosphere is constantly changing and always has. With the excessing greenhouse gases in the

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