Lecture 11

  1. Human population growth peak
  2. Doubling Time
    • time required for a population to double in size
    • calculated by dividing annual growth rate (%) into 70
  3. Unprecedented growth rate due to
    • lower death rates and infant mortality
    • improved sanitation
    • better medical care
    • increased agricultural output
  4. Thomas Malthus
    • "Essay on Population"
    • warned that overpopulaion would deplete resources and harm humanity
    • Population growth is exponential (J-shaped)
    • Food production increases linearly (straight line)
    • When population exceeds food, it will lead to war, famine, and disease
  5. Paul and Annie Ehrlich
    • 1968
    • “The Population Bomb”
    • Echoed Malthus
    • Over-population will lead to war and famine
  6. Cornucopian view
    population is not a problem if new resources can be found to replace the depleted resources.
  7. IPAT Model
    • represents how humans' total impact (I) results from the interaction among three factors - population (P), affluence (A), and technology (T)
    • I = P x A x T
    • A sensitivity factor (S) can be added to the equation to denote how sensitive a given environment is to human pressures
    • I = P × A × T × S.
    • Impact can generally be boiled down to either pollution or resource consumption.
  8. Demography
    • study of human population
    • The application of population ecology principles to the study of statistical change in human populations is the focus of the social science of demography.
    • Demographers study population size, density, distribution, age structure, and sex ratio, as well as birth and death rates, immigration and emigration.
  9. Population size
    the absolute number of individuals
  10. Age structure diagrams
    show the number of people in each age class and are especially valuable to demographers in predicting future dynamics of a population
  11. Pyramid
    population w/ many young and high death rate (short average lifetime) - portends a great deal of reproduction
  12. Inverted pyramid
    population with large elderly population and small youth population (declining growth)
  13. Column
    birth rate and death rate a re low, little change in population size
  14. Column w/ a bulge
    event in the past caused a high birth or death rate for some age group
  15. Sex ratio
    • ratio of males to females
    • can affect population dynamics
    • The naturally occurring sex ratio in human populations at birth features a slight preponderance of males.
    • But males die at faster rate
  16. Total Fertility Rate (TFR)
    • the average number of children born per woman during her lifetime
    • Replacement fertility is the TFR that keeps the size of a population stable; for humans, it is 2.1
  17. Life expectancy
    the average number of years that an individual in a particular age group is likely to live
  18. Demographic Transition
    • a theoretical model of economic and cultural change that explains the trend of declining death and birth rates that occurs when nations become industrialized
    • Stage 1: the pre-industrial stage; characterized by conditions in which both death rates and birth rates are high; population size relatively low and stable
    • Stage 2: the transitional stage; death rates decline and birth rates remain high; leads to rapid population growth
    • Stage 3: industrial stage; birth rates fall to more closely match death rates; employment opportunities for women; Don’t need to have as many children to ensure that some survive;
    • Population growth begins to stabilize, but the population size is large
    • Stage 4: post-industrial stage; both birth rates and death rates remain low; populations stabilize or decline slightly
  19. Birth control
    • key approach for controlling population growth
    • limits the number of children one bears by reducing the frequency of pregnancy
    • relies on contraception
    • family planning - effort to plan the number and spacing of one's children, so as to assure children and parents the best quality of life possible
  20. Top-down Approach to population policies
    government mandates, incentives and punishment or coercion
  21. Bottom-up approach to population policies
    education, equality, access to contraceptives
  22. Poverty is correlated with population growth
    • The causality is thought to operate in both directions: poverty exacerbates population growth, and rapid population growth worsens poverty.
    • This is unfortunate from a social standpoint, because these people will be added to the nations that are least able to provide for them.
  23. Wealth gap
    richest 20% of the world's people uses 86% of the world's resources
  24. Governments of AIDS-infected countries are experiencing this
    demographic fatigue - government cannot address problems other than AIDS/HIV because they are overstretched.
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Lecture 11
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