Human Population Growth and the Environment

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Describe the historical pattern of growth of the worldwide human population since our origin. Include in this historic overview the changes that have happened technologically, medically, culturally and nutritionally to result in major population changes over time. Relate the growth of the human population to our ecological footprint and explain the idea of limits to population growth known as the carrying capacity. Relative to carrying capacity, what may result from unbridled continued growth of our population? How does the size of the human population contribute to environmental degradation? Why must we take the human population size into account when we attempt to develop environmental restoration projects?

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  1. Introduction â Patterns of Growth
    1. Prehistory
      1. Hunter-Gatherer Societies human populations small
      2. Agriculture and settling of human populations â modest growth
    2. Historical â slow growth
    3. Modern â rapid growth
      1. Impact on growth due to culture
      2. Impact on growth due to technology
      3. Impact on growth due to medical advances
        1. Infant survival
        2. Mother survival
        3. Increase in longevity
    4. Doubling times of population during this period
  2. Ecological Footprint
    1. What is it?
    2. How calculated?
    3. Variability with lifestyle
    4. Footprint of the individual vs entire population
  3. Carrying capacity of human populations
    1. Is there a carrying capacity?
    2. Technological impacts on carrying capacity â Green Revolution
  4. Consequences of continued growth of human populations
    1. Impact on use of products of photosynthesis
    2. Impact on biodiversity
    3. Impact on natural communities (are there any untouched on the world?)
    4. Global impacts
    5. Local impacts
  5. Conservation and Human populations
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