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    If anyone 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 some recommendations?

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

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    Have attached as HTML so links will be live for your use...best of luck

    OK...I am going to tackle the population issue here as it is germane to a number of other issues including resource use in general.

    In most of the developed world, population growth is pretty much stable (low numbers, and some few experiencing negative growth). In the "almost developed nations" (2nd world) we have moderate increase that is getting lower over time, and finally, the "problem children" the third world nations (Bangladesh, much of the African continent, etc.)

    [ A good synopsis with usable graphics is available at:

    http://www.prb.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PRB/Educators/Human_Population/Population_Growth/Population_Growth.htm ]

    If we look here: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_pop_gro_rat-people-population-growth-rate

    we can clearly see the differences in growth rate: Most of Europe is negative to marginally positive (the US is 0.92% vs the world average of 1.2%), while 2nd order countries like Mexico, Israel, Peru, etc. come in around 1.2 to 1.5 %, and at the far end are nations like Senegal, Chad, Cameroon & Afghanistan ranging from 2 to nearly 5% Hitting the "Change" tab on the navigation bar on the left of the first ref will yield a set of three age pyramids that exemplify this difference.

    The growth rate is of course the birth rate minus the death rate. If you look on Nationmaster's site in the rest of the "people stats", you will note these same countries of high growth have high birth rates, as well as high death rates. However, the birth rate is SO much greater than the death rates, that growth results. These are also, by and large the poorest countries on ...

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    HTML file contains live links. Deals with equitable resource use citing developing nations as examples.