Negative Effect of Overpopulation
Effects of Overpopulation - Negative Population Growth
Gabor Zovanyi, a professor of Environmental Planning at Eastern Washington University once said: "If our species had started with just two people at the time of the earliest agricultural practices some 10,000 years ago, and increased by one percent per year, today humanity would be a solid ball of flesh many thousand light years in diameter, and expanding with a radial velocity that, neglecting relativity, would be many times faster than the speed of light," From claustrophobically crowded cities to rapidly melting icecaps, these photos demonstrate the alarming effects of overpopulation.
Effect of Overpopulation | Over Population
However if we open our eyes, the effects of overpopulation on our day to day living can be clearly seen all around us, especially in the outlying suburbs of our great cities. These effects have developed over the years and therefore we have become used to them and accept them as the normal growth of our society. But that philosophy is changing dramatically. "Save our open spaces" is the subject of many "letters to the editor" in our suburban papers. Residents groups are springing up in many areas in an attempt to halt or at least slow down the continuing development that is spreading farther and farther out from our cities. What was once farmland and forest is now covered with houses, supermarkets, shopping malls and business premises. Country roads now have traffic lights at every corner and traffic jams every night and morning. In spite of the introduction of tougher environmental standards pollution is creeping into almost every source of water.
5. Loss of biodiversity. All of the previously described effects of overpopulation on the environment lead to the destruction of the natural habitat of many wildlife species. The natural flora and fauna have been under constant pressure to adapt to a quickly changing environment. Since they have been unable to do so, they have been displaced from their natural ecological niche. The constant clearing of the Amazon forest has had devastating effect on many rare tropical species. It has been estimated that 10% of the species in the region have become extinct.*Depletion of Natural Resources: The effects of overpopulation are quite severe. The first of these is the depletion of resources. The Earth can only produce a limited amount of water and food, which is falling short of the current needs. Most of the environmental damage being seen in the last fifty odd years is because of the growing number of people on the planet. They are cutting down forests, hunting wildlife in a reckless manner, causing pollution and creating a host of problems. Those engaged in talking about overpopulation have noticed that acts of violence and aggression outside of a war zone have increased tremendously while competing for resources.