“As Limits to Growth concluded in 1972: If the present growth trends in world population, industrialisation, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.
“So far, there’s little to indicate they got that wrong”.
Human Population Cycle
Current world population: 7.4+ billion
Ecologists have described numerous examples of boom and bust population cycles in which the explosive growth of a species’ numbers is followed by rapid decline. Compared to the population cycles of other species, the human population’s global extent and impact are remarkable. Our technology has helped us spread across the globe harvesting resources, and changing soil, water, and plant life far more than any other species ever has.
Consequences of Our Population Explosion
Human population impacts take many forms. Here’s an example that may seem insignificant until one considers how often this happens around the world.
Mere Presence Alone
In 2013, a Blackhawk family moved onto Coldwater Farm [LINK]. The hawks built a nest in a tall Cottonwood down by the Agua Fria River that runs through the eastern edge of the Farm. Blackhawks…
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