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A World Without Giraffes?

While human population is exploding in Africa giraffes are quickly disappearing. Their population has plummeted about 40 percent in just 15 years. Reports show the loss is due primarily to humans destroying giraffe habitat, as well hunting and poaching.

Africa is at a crossroads–its population is set to double from 1.2 billion to 2.4 billion from 2015 to 2050 and will soar to 4.2 billion by 2100, according to a report released by UNICEF. These population forecasts follow the pattern of previous population expansion on the continent—Africa’s current population is five times its size in 1950.

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  1. Anonymous
    AnonymousJanuary 21,15

    Number of kids, the foods we eat, how we utilize energy and what to do with our pets are four topics tossed around in discussions of Urban Ecology. And although not everyone currently lives in an urban area, the percentage of people living in cities is expected to grow (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/42146), and more cities will likely be created to support growing populations. It begs the question: do we want to continue down this path?

    This paper is a little on the technical side but perhaps you’ll find it interesting.

    http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/53/12/1169.full

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