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Global Environmental Issues: Ocean Resources/Global Population

There are numerous global environmental issues. Using authoritative resources, research either global population increases or how best to share the natural resources in our oceans, and answer the following in a 2 - 3-page response.

If you were a Federal (US) government secretary (maybe the EPA director?) or a delegate to the United Nations in charge of doing something about either global population increases or how to best share the natural resources in our oceans, what would be your recommendations?

In your response, take a clear stance, supported by evidence that either confirms or questions the importance or urgency of this global issue. Using this evidence, clearly define the background of the issue and your positions. Are there impacts if action is not taken? Then make recommendations about how to proceed to address this global issue. What policies would you implement? Why? Are there impacts if action is not taken? Explain.

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First, you should review your options for the essay, and then choose the one that seems the most interesting to you. As the EPA director, you will want to focus your talk on US policy. As a UN delegate, your focus will be global.

To make your position especially realistic, you can consider the UN current position on population growth. It is available here: http://www.un.org/popin/icpd/recommendations/other/43.html.

There is a great deal of controversy about the real carrying capacity for humans on the earth. Some argue that the advent of new technologies, and the reduced birthrate the accompanies industrialization, will permit sustainable human populations to reach 10 million. Bjorn Lomborg argues in his book "The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World"
that because of new technologies and declining birthrates in the developed world. On the other hand books such as "Limits to Growth" indicate that human populations will increase exponentially, resulting in disastrous results, unless measures are taken. Criticism of this point of view stems from its treatment of some factors as exponential, while "technologies for expanding resources and controlling pollution are permitted to grow, if at all, only in discrete increments."(Newsweek, March 13, 1972, page 103)

(Limits to Growth was a 1972 book modeling the consequences of a rapidly growing world population and finite resource supplies, commissioned by the Club of Rome. Its authors were Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jargen Randers, and William W. Behrens III.)

The Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific American, and Nature find problems with Lomborg's work as well. For example even though the earth is not currently at carrying capacity, food distribution problems leave 850 million people currently malnourished ...

Solution Summary

The solution gives a detailed look at issues to do with growth rate and global population as well as more general advice for paper writing. It focuses focuses on the consequences of overpopulation, including key concepts like sustainable yield. This solution is 1130 words with references and source links.

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