This chapter looks at the links between population and natural resources, as well as some of the key demographic trends shaping (and being shaped by) the global system. It begins with an assessment of key population changes before focusing on the causes and effects of urbanization. It then looks at the challenges of feeding a growing population, noting that the problem is more one of quality than of quantity. The chapter finishes up with a review of how natural resources are used (and misused), focusing on the cases of energy, forests and oceans.
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