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Types and formation of landforms
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Green energy
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Effects of overfishing
Water shortage
climate change
DeforestationThe ozone layer
Waste managementWhat is an ecosystem
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Threats to Natural Resources


A. Overpopulation
This is probably the most significant, single threat that natural resources face. The world’s population is increasing at a very fast rate. In the USA, a baby is born every 8 seconds, and a person dies every 13 secondssource1 The increase in populations mean there will be pressure on almost all natural resources. How?

resources consumptionLand Use: With more mouths to feed and people to house, more land will need to be cultivated and developed for housing. More farming chemicals will be applied to increase food production. Many forest or vegetative lands will be converted to settlements for people, roads and farms. These have serious repercussions on natural resources.

resources consumptionForests: Demand for wood (timber), food, roads and forest products will be more. People will therefore use more forest resources than they can naturally recover.

resources consumptionFishing: Fresh water and sea food will face problems too as we will continue to depend heavily on them. Bigger fishing companies are going deeper into sea to catch fish in even larger quantities. Some of the fishing methods they use are not sustainable, thereby destroying much more fish and sea creatures in the process.

resources consumptionNeed for more: Human's demand for a comfortable life means more items (communication, transport, education, entertainment and recreation) will need to be produced. This means more industrial processes and more need for raw materials and natural resources.
destruction of forestry resources
B. Climate Change
The alteration in climate patterns as a result of excessive anthropogenic Carbon dioxide is hurting biodiversity and many other abiotic natural resources. Species that have acclimatized to their environments may perish and others will have to move to more favorable conditions to survive.

C. Environmental Pollution
Land, water and air pollution directly affect the health of the environments in which they occur. Pollution affects the chemical make-up of soils, rocks, lands, ocean water, freshwater and underground water, and other natural phenomena. This often has catastrophic consequences.

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