Part 1: Bibliographic Entry:
BYDENNIS DIMICKNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us? PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
Part 2: Terminology/Keywords:
Part 3: Précis:
This article is the main idea of what overpopulation is. It tackles its definition, the causes of overpopulation and the effects of overpopulation. Dennis included evidence such as scientists from the 70s connecting how their theories back then is starting to take shape now. Dennis makes it known that overpopulation is a negative thing, and we need all types of different tactics to prevent our Earth from regressing. Dennis makes mathematical claims such as “one in eight people don’t have enough to eat”. The author doesn’t want to just inform the reader, but he wants to convince the reader that this subject is serious. He shows us pictures from other artists, connects regions in the world hat struggle with the effects of overpopulation like the Middle East, Africa, and parts of the United States. He also talks about how we use chemicals in food to make sure food is at the same pace as population. The author doesn’t have much hope for humankind, since we keep making babies, but he made a point emphasizing that population will decrease after 2100 due to so many people on this planet. There will be a lot of shortages of resources.
Part 4: Reflection:
I couldn’t agree more with the point the author made in the article. I wish he would’ve tackled the climate change area more, since he did speak a lot on food and education decreasing because of an increase in population. Why is climate change the biggest topic in the world right now? How does population growth play a factor? I understood everything Dennis said.
Part 5: Quotables
“There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn’t have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a long-standing one that becomes more intense as the world’s population—and our use of natural resources—keeps booming.”
“it’s highly likely we’ll see 9.6 billion Earthlings by 2050, and up to 11 billion or more by 2100. These researchers used a new “probabilistic” statistical method that establishes a specific range of uncertainty around their results.”
“ After years of examining global environmental issues such as climate change, energy, food supply, and freshwater, we thought the time was ripe for a deep discussion of people and how we are connected to all these other issues—issues that are getting increased attention today, amid the new population projections.”
“We’ve been on a big growth spurt during the past century or so. In 1900, demographers had the world’s population at 1.6 billion, in 1950 it was about 2.5 billion, by 2000 it was more than 6 billion. Now, there are about 7.2 billion of us.”
“Even though more than 800 million people worldwide don’t have enough to eat now, the mass starvation Mathus envisioned hasn’t happened. This is primarily because advances in agriculture—including improved plant breeding and the use of chemical fertilizers—have kept global harvests increasing fast enough to mostly keep up with demand. Still, researchers such as Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Ehrlich continue to worry that Malthus eventually might be right.”
“One of our biggest impacts is agriculture. Whether we can grow enough food sustainably for an expanding world population also presents an urgent challenge, and this becomes only more so in light of these new population projections. Where will food for an additional 2 to 3 billion people come from when we are already barely keeping up with 7 billion?”