Environmental impacts of overpopulation : pandemic is one of them


Human overpopulation is among the most pressing environmental issues, silently aggravating the forces behind global warming, environmental pollution, habitat loss, the sixth mass extinction, intensive farming practices and the consumption of finite natural resources, such as fresh water, arable land and fossil fuels, at speeds faster than their rate of regeneration. However, ecological issues are just the beginning...

Increased Emergence of New Epidemics and Pandemics

A WHO report shows that environmental degradation, combined with the growth in world population, is a major cause of the rapid increase in human diseases, which contributes to the malnutrition of 3.7 billion people worldwide, making them more susceptible to disease. According to the World Health Organization, "Every three seconds a young child dies - in most cases from an infectious disease. In some countries, one in five children die before their fifth birthday. Every day 3 000 people die from malaria - three out of four of them children. Every year 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis and another eight million are newly infected." Overpopulation exacerbates many social and environmental factors, including overcrowded living conditions, pollution, malnutrition and inadequate or non-existent health care, which wreak havoc on the poor and increase their likelihood of being exposed to infections diseases.

Other impacts of overpopulation on environment are : 

Loss of Fresh Water

Species Extinction

Lower Life Expectancy in the Fastest Growing Countries

Depletion of Natural Resources

Less Freedom, More Restrictions

Increased Global Warming and Climate Change

More Intensive Farming Practices

Increased Habitat Loss

Elevated Crime Rate

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