Regulation of Human Population in Essay

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The developed countries hence experience higher survivorship for most age groups resulting in a balanced and healthy reproductive structure. The age distribution needs to complement or mirror the high survivorship ratio as the extinction of even one age group is very much possible with a single unforeseen natural event (Begon et al. 2006).

To illustrate the importance of a balanced age structure, consider this example. A huge carnival targeted for the age group 20-35 has been designed and thousands of tickets and invites have already been distributed and accepted. The carnival is showcasing some of the biggest icons in the world of music and education and hence attracts not only students, but educators as well, not just from the public and private sector, but due to the musical influence, it even attracts those in the age group who are not part of the education sector. Now imagine, a natural disaster like an earthquake or a human error like a plane crash destroys the carnival site with a majority of the audience inside. That is a huge chuck of an entire age group lost. If the country did not have a balanced age structure distribution and was dependent upon this particular age group only, the consequent effect would have left a large vacuum in the system which could prove to be very devastating in the long run. Since most of the population lost would also comprise of the population with highest input in the reproductive process, the overall population growth of the country would consequently suffer as well (Begon et al. 2006).


The philosophy of population ecology is very important to examine, especially in today's time when the problems of science and society seem to go hand in hand with how the populations deals with its environment and the resources available to it. In this essay we focused on numerous features of the population ecology like natural selection, metapopulation, age distribution/structure and population growth in the developed and underdeveloped countries to understand how critical this topic really is and how more focus needs to be given to this in the near future.


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