Whitepaper on the Impact of Population

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Whitepaper on the Impact of Population

SOC 450 Solutions to Global Issues

China

Civil war

Globalization

Poor health of entire populations

Cultural taboos

The completed version of this assignment will consist of the following:

Select two threats from the list above that you did not use in your Assignment 3a presentation.

Create a minimum two-page document in which you outline a counterargument for the two threats you selected:

Write an opening statement describing the perception of each threat.

Write one paragraph for each threat (two paragraphs total) in which you give three reasons to explain why the threat is less of a priority to the global environment than the four you selected in Assignment 3a. Support your reasons with at least three credible sources.

A conclusion statement for each threat.

Cite at least three credible sources excluding Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedias for your assessment. A brief list of suggested resources has been provided at the end of the course guide.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Examine the factors that account for why the growth in the world’s population can negatively affect the global society

The world’s population is expanding at such a fast rate that some natural resources are being stripped from the environment. Global institutions are working to prevent both the loss of these resources and the consequences of not having access to them. In 2014, National Geographic reported, “ There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn’t have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a long-standing one that becomes more intense as the world’s population—and our use of natural resources—keeps booming.” (Dimick, 1) This white paper will research and report the impact of population growth on society. I will report on greenhouse gases and how they contribute to global warming. I will report on economic, security, political, and other challenges these emissions pose to the people of the developing world, and who are the biggest offenders. I will also report if there a way to control the growth of population on a global level.

Greenhouse gases and how they contribute to global warming

Climatologists are attesting that humans are involved and respond for unprecedented importance to the future of our planet and everything that lives on it. Changes are occurring now in real time because of humans and the burning of large amounts of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal. Our text states, “When these fuels are consumed, carbon, which accumulated in them over millions of years, is released into the atmosphere as a gas, carbon dioxide (CO2). This increase is causing a warming of the Earth’s surface – called “global warming” or the “greenhouse effect” – since CO2 in the atmosphere allows sunlight to reach the Earth but traps some of the Earth’s heat, preventing it from radiating back into space” (Hite, 2). I will highlight and address specifically the area of East Asia, specifically China and its cause and effect for all aspects of this paper.

Economic, security, political, and other challenges

So many challenges exist for all people in nations of power who have the resources to lead and the financial backing to be able to make a positive change and improvement Such as East and Southeast Asia where China exists. “The countries of this important region are often disproportionately affected by global warming and climate change, and as their economies grow, they make these problems worse” (Harris, 3). The economic, security and political power of top tier countries give them the clout to do as they wish, but also the ability to help others and build responsibility for the whole world.

Control the growth of the population on a global level.

Many underdeveloped countries depend on the population through numbers because of poverty and disease along with reduced medical availability and conditions. They have a higher mortality rate, so they depend on maximizing chances through more children. China has looked at its overcrowding and has put national rules in place to control childbirth numbers. This decline in birth “per woman fell from six to two during 15 years, a demographic change that took 150 years in Europe” (Raleigh, 4). Family planning and governmental control seem to be the most prevalent and growing means for population control. Our text states, China, which has about 19 percent of the world’s population53 but only about 7 percent of its arable land, has implemented vigorous programs to limit its population growth and has drastically reduced its birth rate. In 2015 China’s population was about 1.4 billion, and the population is expected to decline to 1.2 billion by 2075” (Hite, 5).

Conclusion

This white paper researched and reported the impact of population growth on society. I reported on greenhouse gases and how they contribute to global warming. I reported on economic, security, political, and other challenges these emissions posed to the people of the developing world, and who are the biggest offenders. I reported if there a way to control the growth of population on a global level. There is an issue of the world’s population expanding at a such a fast rate that some natural resources are stripped from the environment. Even though many are working to prevent both the loss of these resources and the consequences of not having access to them; there is so much more work for us all to do. It comes down to our moral ethics and responsibility as individuals, countries, and the world.

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