10: Consuming Resources

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  • More people - greater demand
  • If the world's population continues to grow we will face the challenges of:
    • More expensive food.
    • More expensive fuel.
    • Climate change - greater release of CO2.
    • Water shortages.
    • More migration - morepeople born in LEDCs - will want to move to MEDCs.
    • Political instability and war - more people competing for fewer resources.
  • Thomas Malthus - 1766 - 1834 - Cambridge
    • 1798 - Malthus wrote an influential essay on population.
    • Population will grow exponentially (doubling at each stage)
      • population will eventually outgrow food supply - then decrease through starvation.
      • This is called a 'natural check'.
        • 'Natural checks' were war, disease and morality (abstinence).
      • Malthus believed that whenever the population outgrew resources 'natural checks' would cause it to decrease to a more manageable size.
  • Ester Boserup - 1910 - 1999 - Denmark
    • 1965 - 'The Conditions Of Agricultural Growth' - opposed Malthus.
    • Population growth controls…

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