Population Growth and Harsh Environments Term Paper by Master Researcher

Population Growth and Harsh Environments
A discussion on how population growth encourages the settling of harsh environments.
# 38835 | 2,400 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2003 in Environmental Studies (Urban Issues) , Geography (General)

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This paper examines population growth and the pressure to settle harsh environments today. The paper offers a definition of harsh environments and looks at uncontrolled population growth in famished countries such as Ethiopia and uncontrolled urban expansion and the deteriorating quality of these environments. The paper also discusses conflicts and disputes regarding the valuable resource of water in these environments.

Ethiopia: Population Growth in Inhospitable Environments
Water Shortages and Conflicts
Hostile Urban Environments

From the Paper:

"The Ethiopian government is unable to restrain population growth in one of the poorest countries in the world. The Ethiopian government is confronted by security problems, civil war, and has trouble maintaining effective control over its national territory. Its limited budget is strained by military expenditures and other demands. In Ethiopia the rural belief that numerous children are essential as farm labourers and for security in old age persists.
"Also, under the influence of the Orthodox Church, birth control remained illegal until the overthrow of Mengistu in 1991. Today, the Orthodox Church persists in campaigning against government birth control measures. Remarkably, the Orthodox Church is conducting this campaign in a country with one of the highest birth rates in Africa, an ongoing dependence on foreign food supplies to avert famine, and virtually no effective birth control program. (Zimmerman, 1994, p 57)
"Concurrent to this rapid population growth Ethiopia has confronted a food production crisis. Twice, in the last fifteen years, severe famines in Ethiopia have become the globe's leading news story. In their analysis of "Agriculture, Population, and Economic Planning in Ethiopia, 1950-1980," Warren C Robinson and Fumiko Yamazaki boldly state that their entire article might be subtitled, "Prelude to Disaster," because by 1980 the Ethiopian economy, particularly the predominant agricultural sector, was so fragile that any eccentric input would have had a catastrophic effect."

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