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The Human Population Is Limited By The Earths Carrying Capacity

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Started: 12/22/2014 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Always-thinKING

Pro

Humanity will reach a carrying capacity and experience a partial die out.
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phoebstatennant

Con

Although it is true that the Earth has a carrying capacity, there is no possibility whatsoever that humanity will experience a partial die-out higher than the average death rate. With the medicine and resources that we have access to, we can defend ourselves from any natural or unnatural threats.
Debate Round No. 1
Always-thinKING

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phoebstatennant

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Always-thinKING

Pro

"With the medicine and resources we have access to, we can defend ourselves from any natural or unnatural threats"
- This is a statement that I respectfully disagree with to a complete degree. 25% of human medicine comes from the rainforest (1). By some estimates, the rain forest is being reduced by 80,000 acres a day (2). As the population grows, more and more rainforest will be desolated to make room for farming and housing. This clear cutting of forest will result in a decline in availability of medicine. Further more, medicine becomes obsolete when food and clean water become unavailable.

Medicine is not important when people are dying due to a lack of food and water. only 3% of water on Earth is drinkable. "Over 68 percent of the fresh water on Earth is found in icecaps and glaciers, and just over 30 percent is found in ground water. Only about 0.3 percent of our fresh water is found in the surface water of lakes, rivers, and swamps. Of all the water on Earth, more than 99 percent of Earth's water is unusable by humans and many other living things!" (3). If the population continues to rise at its current rate humanity will run out of freshwater. Without freshwater, the human population would begin to drastically decline.

CURRENT POPULATION GROWTH: (4)
1800: 1 Billion
1850: 1.2 Billion
1900: 1.6 Billion
1950: 2.55 Billion
2000: 6 Billion
2011: 7 Billion

It is impossible that humanity can maintain this rate of growth for the next 1,000 years. There is not even a slight chance that we will have enough food and water to keep 50 billion humans alive. When the rate of growth slows to 0% it will be due to a reach of carrying capacity and a lack of food and water to sustain additional life.

(1) http://www.tonymedley.com...
(2) http://www.scientificamerican.com...
(3)http://education.nationalgeographic.com...
(4) http://geography.about.com...
phoebstatennant

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Debate Round No. 3
Always-thinKING

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phoebstatennant

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