Most of our serious problems in the world today can be traced back to the impact of human populations on the environment. With each person requiring energy, space and resources to survive, the stress on the planet of the world population, currently estimated to be seven billion, is enormous. Richard Cardullo, a professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside, discusses how human populations have grown at an alarming rate over the past few centuries and discuss some of its consequences. (#24206)
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K-12 Educational Standards
Standards for Grade(s): 9-12
6b. Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.
Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills
5. Students analyze human modifications of landscapes and examine the resulting environmental policy issues.
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