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What Are the Effects of Overpopulation on the Environment

Earth is home to millions of species. Among the millions of species, there is a superior species called humans. We are humans! And it is kind of ironic that we are known as superior species since humans are solely responsible for harming and polluting the environment.

It is not novel to us that overpopulation has a negative impact on the environment. It’s a fact that overpopulation – the biggest threat we faceThe world overpopulation concern is not limited to harming the environment in a single or only one way. 

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There are multiple ways through which overpopulation affects the environment. Some of them are discussed below-

  • Farming impacts

We all know that humans need food in order to survive and for getting food humans are dependent on farming for a very long time. With the advancement of time and with the increasing population, demand for food has risen. 

  • Deforestation

Due to population rising at leaps and bounds, it was becoming impossible for the superior species to build houses to live in, it was becoming hard for superior species to pass through the forest in order to travel from one place to another. 

So they arrived at the conclusion of cutting down the forest altogether to build houses, roads and to increase farming capacity.

Population spurt has forced village people to move to the cities to make their ends meet. Sometimes what happens is that due to unemployment people resort to unconventional ways to earn money. A large population is the reason behind unemployment and unemployment is the reason behind elevation in the crime rate.