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Natural resources for absolute human survival

As the global population increases so does the demand for resources. List five resources you believe are needed for survival and discuss why they are needed for survival. If these resources become limited it may have an effect on the individual, community or population level. Discuss 3 consequences (1 at each level-individual-community-population) that may occur with each of these resources if these resources become limited. Try to link up your consequences directly to the resources you haven chosen.

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Think about what early man living in caves needed for survival. You can think about this homework from several avenues. Consider this question in terms of ABSOLUTE survival -- as if you were stranded on a desert island or if a hurricane and flood wiped out your city. You can also consider things in the ENVIRONMENT that are needed for survival. Please take some time to really ponder this question and try to think outside the box and come up with some resources that you may not initially think of when first read the question. PLEASE do not include things like hairspray, deodorant, etc. These are luxury items not necessary for survival. Also stay away from listing things like love, companionship, etc.

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Land, air, water, energy and biodiversity are the most important natural resources for human existence. In many parts of the world the supply, accessibility, and quality of these resources are threatened by the population explosions, making life for people who live in those places difficult or even dangerous.

Air is a key resource for the sustainability of human life. Population explosion has led to air pollution which has several ecological consequences. At individual level man suffers physically in the form of respiratory disorders. At population level effect may be observed in terms of lower work efficiency and higher health related problems. Community in general suffers through effects like global warming (due to higher greenhouse gases), acid rain, photochemical smog etc
Water is another key factor of human survival. Water pollution is one of the direct consequences of population growth. Global ...

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Land, air, water, energy and biodiversity are the most important natural resources for human existence. In many parts of the world the supply, accessibility, and quality of these resources are threatened by the population explosions, making life for people who live in those places difficult or even dangerous

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