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Discuss different opinions of the threat of population growth on our planet

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Иностранные языки, филология и лингвистика

Discuss different opinions of the threat of population growth on our planet. From the very start I want to admit that population growth as well as other global problems in the world is an urgent one. For decades the population explosion has been giving people nightmares. The world’s population increases by 3 every second and by a billion – every decade. With figures such as these the gloom is understandable. There school of thought that the battle to feed all the humanity is over....

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2013-04-05

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Discuss different opinions of the threat of population growth on our planet.

From the very start I want to admit that population growth, as well as other global problems in the world, is an urgent one. For decades the population explosion has been giving people nightmares. The world’s population increases by 3 every second and by a billion – every decade. With figures such as these, the gloom is understandable.

There school of thought that the battle to feed all the humanity is over. The world will undergo famines soon; hundreds of millions of people are going to starve in spite of the crash programmes embarked upon now. The crisis has been deferred, not avoided. The humane race will ultimately outgrow its ability to feed itself.

Some doubters claim it was erroneously predicted. So dramatic have been changes in population growth, that it’s increasingly difficult to predict future population levels.

Indeed, world population is still rising fast, but it’s already plain, that the worst forecast will never become reality. Far from reaching 15 billion, the odds are that it may never get to 10 billion. So with some coercion or without it the birthrate is now well below replacement level in most of Europe. But the Green Revolution will enable food production to stay ahead of population growth. It combines classical plant breeding methods with genetic technologies making a huge boost.

Economic growth has always marched in step with population growth. When population declines there are fewer people of working age to support those in retirement; also, it may prove much harder to recruit people to do unpopular jobs.

Those who have painted a rosy picture of an environment recovering its natural beauty as the impact of human numbers declines could find the opposite is nearer the truth.

Paradoxically, the greatest problems may come out not from soaring population but from the declines now beginning to become evident in some developed countries.          


 

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