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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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The Crowded Planet

The Crowded Planet

(p.191) Chapter 15 The Crowded Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents the effects of population growth on the planet, providing data and professional opinions from a variety of sources that at times come into conflict with one another. It showcases some statistics projecting the expected increases of the global population in the near future, and discusses more broadly what factors arising from population growth can put a further strain on the planet's space and resources, such as increased urbanization, changing patterns of population growth across nations, increased demands for sustenance, and so on. The issue thus presented is whether or not population growth implies a looming catastrophe, or if it is in fact a manageable challenge. Opinions vary on the issue; the chapter will also present some key points on both sides of the debate.

Keywords:   global population, population growth, population statistics, urbanization, population debates

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