Waterfall Environmental Science, Eighth Edition
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Chapter 8: Population: Measuring Growth and Its Impact

The Population Debate
In the Point/Counterpoint in Chapter 8, Garrett Hardin and Julian Simon debated the whether population growth is good or bad. In the text, I asked you to summarize their views and consider which view most closely relates to your view on the subject. To explore the issue further, we invite you to check out the Web sites listed below. As you examine each site, be certain to identify who is providing the information and any hidden agendas they might have. The questions posed below will help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion. Spend a few minutes reviewing them before you start reading the information posted at these sites. Furthering the Exploration: To help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion, write down your answers to the following questions. Taking an active part in this exercise will help you prepare for discussions in and out of your class.

1. What new facts, ideas, and viewpoints, if any, did these Web sites provide for you? How did they further your understanding of this issue? Be specific.

2. Did your examination and analysis of the material affect your support of one of the two viewpoints presented in the text? If so, explain how and why.

3. After reading the material, can you think of an alternative position other than those taken by the authors? Explain it.

4. Do you think that the information provided by all organizations and individuals at the Web sites you visited was reliable and unbiased? How much of the information was scientific? How much was each viewpoint based on ethics?
PointCounterpoint
Facing the Future
Facing the Future creates educational materials about global issues for the K-12 market. You can read an in-depth perspective on population growth at this site.
http://www.facingthefuture.org/GlobalIssuesIntroduction/IssuesInDepth/tabid/132/Default.aspx
Union of Concerned Scientists
Read about population growth and its impact on biodiversity at this site, part of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Sound Science Initiative.
http://www.ucsusa.org/ssi/biodiversity/population-and-environment-series/population-biodiversity.html
Population Research Institute
"Population Research Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to objectively presenting the truth about population-related issues."
http://www.pop.org/
Global Issues that Affect Everyone
This site showcases an individual's research into numerous issues, including overpopulation. "Many of us have grown up learning and being told that 6 billion is too much and it is this impacting the planet's ability to cope. But is that really the case?"
http://www.globalissues.org/EnvIssues/Population.asp

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