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Population and Environment; Conceptions of Nature

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GEOG 1200
Kate Parizeau

Population and environment; Conceptions of nature Environmental determinants of population geographies Climate closer to the equator Soil conditions fertile soil Water availability, etc. However, there are many human settlements successfully located on environmentally disadvantaged sites Cultural, political, economic reasons singapore, trade hub, resources brought in Environment and population debates Malthus on population and food resources Historical context of this work food increases arithmetically, population increases exponentially Contemporary overpopulation debates: Do we have enough food to feed everyone? yes, but not always the right kind of food, cows question of distribution Who causes environmental degradation? per cspita core countries create much more, waste and depletion How far are we willing to go to limit population? Whose fertility should be limited? fear mongering, forced abortion and infanticide, forced sterilization of mentally ill people Environmental carrying capacity Inverting the notion of carrying capacity… how much land does each person need Ecological Footprint: Output: a measure of land area per person Benefits and
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