Geology 140 - Environmental Geology
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Population Assignment - done in class

Using the graphs below and at Gapminder World, answer these questions:

  1. What is the relationship between GDP and population growth? Is there a “best growth rate” for prosperity?
  2. What is the relationship between GDP and energy use? What happens as more countries raise their standard of living?
  3. What is the relationship between fertility and child mortality?
  4. What are the trends in death rate v. birth rate?
  5. What ideas do you have for dealing with population growth and increasing energy use?

Here's the link for the interactive graphs we used in class,:

We looked at some of these graphs (you can make them yourself by choosing the variables you want to see on the drop-down menu on each axis; you can run the graphs through time by clicking the Play button):

Here are the graphs we used during this exercise: