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A Growing Population: Problem or Excuse?
The current worldwide population is around 6.9 billion and is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 (Baird). This projected population number is down from the once predicted 16 billion (Baird) and while some are not concerned others are worried by any increase in population. Population growth is discussed in the articles “Too Many People?” by Vanessa Baird; “Population Control: How Can There Possibly Be Too Many of Us?” by Frank Furedi; and “The Population Bomb Revisited,” by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. Baird and Furedi concur that the concern over population growth has been around since mathematician Thomas Malthus, in 1798, warned that overpopulation could lead to “the collapse of society”(Furedi). Furedi claims that too much human life is being used as an excuse, by population control supporters, for the world’s current and future problems while Baird tries to discover if the panic over population is reasonable. For Ehrlich and Ehrlich the concern over population growth is very real, and they reinforce and support their …