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1. New sanitation practices 2. Improvements in medical science and practice 3. Economic growth, industrialization, and urbanization Global Population Change Global Population in Billions Most recent estimates predict a significant drop in the rate of population growth Global population growth is primarily driven by population growth in
developing countries Fertility rate: average number of children born to each woman Demographic Transition:
Country moves from high birth and death rates to low birth and death rates Population is stabilizing in some countries Age Structure: Number and proportion of people in each age group in a population Shape is important: Pyramid = fast growth; and Tapered bases = slow or negative
growth Future population growth is determined by prereproductive individuals Carrying capacity: largest population that can be
Changes in response to environment
J-shaped curve S-shaped curve Populations are always changing and are
slightly above or below carrying capacity
Too high crash Earth’s Carrying Capacity
4 billion – 16 billion
Why such a large range?
What could happen to the
Have we already exceeded
our carrying capacity? Population and Water Access in
• Bangladesh’s Population and Water Acces...
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