Week 13 - Demography, Environment, and Civil Strife by Colin Kahl

Week 13 - Demography, Environment, and Civil Strife by Colin Kahl

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Demography, Environment, and Civil Strife By Colin H. Kahl Introduction - Natural resource depletion (at both local and global levels) comes from interactions from: Extreme wealth Population pressures Extreme poverty - Number of people living on fragile land has doubled to 1.3 billion in the last 50 years - Fragile ecological areas represent 73% of the Earth’s surface Vulnerable to erosion, degradation, flooding, fires, landslides, and climatic change - Poverty contributes to environmental degradation, which worsens poverty (vicious cycle) - 1 billion + people are living on less than $1/day - Number of extremely impoverished people in Sub-Saharan Africa has doubled since the 1980s - Unsustainable consumption, population growth, and extreme poverty are taking their toll on the environment - There is evidence to suggest that environmental issues cause conflict within countries (not between them) The Demography-Environment-Civil Strife Connection - Initially dominated by Neo-Malthusians Deprivation and Failed States - Neo-Malthusians: Argue that rapid population growth, environmental degradation, resource depletion and unequal access come together to worsen and increase levels of poverty and
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Week 13 - Demography, Environment, and Civil Strife by Colin Kahl

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