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Environmental Science Classroom: Human Population IV


The page shown below was a perennial assignment in my Global Environmental Issues classes. Students were asked to use the Population Reference Bureau's current "World Population Data Sheet" and complete the demographic characteristics for each of the world's continents/regions. I have filled them in for you.

It is only part of the population picture to know, as we have shown in the past three population blog posts, the the human population is increasing.

Because of a quirk of geography and rate of development, population growth is uneven.

Here are the questions I asked with respect to this assignment.

Which continent/region...

... is the most populous?

... has a stable population (currently not increasing nor decreasing)?

... is the youngest (i.e. has the greatest potential for future population growth)?

... has the highest NI (rate of increase)?

... has the shortest population doubling time if current birth and death rates continue?

... has the highest TFR (total fertility rate or average number of children per woman)?

Note: The data in the tables are as of mid-year 2012. Russia is part of Europe. Immigration and Emigration are not considered.

The geography of human population growth. © Fred Montague

The geography of human population growth. © Fred Montague