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Global population - The next fifty years will decide how strong and healthy the planet will be for centuries to come With luck we'll never see any

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“The next fifty years… will decide how strong and healthy the planet will be for centuries to come… With luck we'll never see any greater production of carbon dioxide or toxic chemicals. We'll never see more species extinction or soil erosion. We need… to be working on all parts of the equation -- on our ways of life, on our technologies, and on our population.” Bill McKibben. Global population growth has recently become an issue and debate for several reasons. How long can the population growth continue at this rate? Will a maximum ever be reached? Will the population in the future be too much for our resources to support? What is the carrying capacity and how can we predict when this will occur? The answers to all of these questions are highly speculative; when there is so much uncertainty surrounding a topic, people tend to panic, make unreal assumptions, predictions, etc. The severity of the situation cannot be truly assessed until a maximum is actually reached. What we can be certain about however is that
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course HIST 213 taught by Professor Oriji during the Fall '10 term at Cal Poly.

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Global population - The next fifty years will decide how strong and healthy the planet will be for centuries to come With luck we'll never see any

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