8.4 Human Population and Carrying Capacity

IB Environmental Systems & Societies: 8.4 Human Population and Carrying Capacity

The concepts of a human population"s carrying capacity and its ecological footprint are the inverse of each other. The carrying capacity is the maximum number of humans that can sustainably be supported by a given area whereas the ecological footprint (EF) is the area of land and water required to provide all resources and assimilate all the waste for a given population. If the EF is greater than the area of land and...


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