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African Urbanization

January 28, 2015 | Post

As world population continues to grow, an increasing number of people are moving to cities in hope of securing better living conditions, higher quality educations and greater economic opportunities. For the first time in human history, half of the world’s population lived in towns and cities in 2008. Africa is…...

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Population Growth and Food Insecurity

January 28, 2015 | Post

In 2011, drought struck the Horn of Africa, sparking widespread food shortages. An estimated 13 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya faced persistent hunger, which killed between 50,000 and 100,000 people—half of whom were children under five. According to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, it was East Africa’s…...

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Unsustainable Suburban Sprawl

January 27, 2015 | Post

Suburban sprawl, generally speaking, is the low-density expansion of cities over a wide geographical area, usually into undeveloped land. Single-use zoning, whereby residential and commercial areas are developed separately and without effort to make them accessible to each other is another characteristic of sprawling regions. Wild habitats are destroyed as…...

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees

January 27, 2015 | Post

“The [Millennium Ecosystem] assessment concluded that human activity has disrupted natural ecosystems more extensively in the past 50 years than in the entire course of human history, as large areas on all continents have been converted to farmland, forests have been felled for timber and to make way for pasture…...

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Population: 7 Billion

November 1, 2011 | Post

On October 31, 2011, according to demographers at the UN Population Division, the earth’s human population crossed the 7 billion mark. It took only 12 years for the global population to increase from 6 billion in 1999—and only 12 years before that to increase from 5 billion. The UN Population…...

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