Navigation Links
Is Earth overpopulated?
Date:3/20/2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Most of our serious problems in the world today can be traced back to the impact of human populations on the environment. With each person requiring energy, space and resources to survive, the stress on the planet of the world population, currently estimated to be seven billion, is enormous.

Richard Cardullo, a professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside, will give a free public lecture on campus in which he will discuss whether there are too many people in the world today.

His hour-long lecture is titled "Earth 101: Too Many People?" and will begin at 6 p.m., March 29, in Rooms D-E, University Extension Center (UNEX).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is open. Parking at UNEX will be free for lecture attendees.

"Our current rate of population growth is clearly unsustainable," said Cardullo, who also serves as the divisional dean for life sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. "This is true whether you consider the availability of food, water, or energy."

Cardullo has had a long-standing interest in the world population. He is particularly interested in the tension between increasing human populations, technology's impact on stemming the impacts of that growth, and the ultimate carrying capacity of the planet.

As a scientist he has worked on problems directly related to understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that determine how individuals reproduce.

"In many different ways, we control our destiny both in terms of the size of our population and how we manage our limited resources," he said. "Solutions will rely on a well-educated public that is willing to develop new technologies that will both solve the population problem and heal the planet of damage that we human beings have caused."

In his talk, Cardullo will present data for how human populations have grown at an alarming rate over the past few centuries and discuss some of its consequences. He also will present current scientific approaches for reducing birth rates through the development of new contraceptive agents that target specific events in the fertilization process.

Cardullo served as the chair of the UC Riverside Department of Biology from 2004-2009. He was named a UCR Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology in 2006. In 1998 he received UCR's Distinguished Teaching Award and was appointed to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He chairs the Board for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, has been a judge for local and state science fairs, and is the principal investigator for two California Math Science Partnership projects working with elementary and middle school teachers and students in the Inland Empire.

This year's lecture series, titled "Earth 101: What You Need to Know About Life on Our Planet," aims to boost the public's awareness and understanding of science and of how scientists work.

Each of the four lectures will be introduced by a teacher from a local high school. Cardullo's talk will be introduced by science teacher Jeremy Standerfer of the Riverside Unified School District.


'/>"/>
Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Hazy shades of life on early Earth
2. European grasslands challenge rainforests as the most species-rich spaces on Earth
3. Study shows earthworms to blame for decline of ovenbirds in northern Midwest forests
4. 3-D laser map shows earthquake zone before and after
5. What really happened prior to Snowball Earth?
6. Japan and New Zealand were hit hardest by earthquakes
7. Scientists look to microbes to unlock Earths deep secrets
8. Earths massive extinction: The story gets worse
9. Path to oxygen in Earths atmosphere: long series of starts and stops
10. Early Earth may have been prone to deep freezes, says CU-Boulder study
11. Ancient environment led to Earths current marine biodiversity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/21/2016)... VANCOUVER, British Columbia , June 21, 2016 ... been appointed to the new role of principal ... has been named the director of customer development. ... , NuData,s chief technical officer. The moves reflect ... development teams in response to high customer demand ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... -- Perkotek an innovation leader in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction ... to make sure the right employees are actually signing in, and to even control ... ... ... ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... June 2, 2016 The Department of ... awarded the 44 million US Dollar project, for the ... Plates including Personalization, Enrolment, and IT Infrastructure , ... the production and implementation of Identity Management Solutions. Numerous renowned ... Decatur was selected for the most ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... UAS LifeSciences, one of the ... brand, UP4™ Probiotics, into Target stores nationwide. The company, which has been manufacturing ... to its list of well-respected retailers. This list includes such fine stores as ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Charm Sciences, Inc. is pleased ... received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. , “This is another AOAC-RI approval of ... Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and Industrial Affairs. “The Peel Plate methods perform ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... STACS DNA Inc., the sample tracking software company, today ... Laboratory, has joined STACS DNA as a Field Application Specialist. , “I am ... and COO of STACS DNA. “In further expanding our capacity as a scientific integrator, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, ... 0.22%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 0.27% lower to ... down 0.17%. Stock-Callers.com has initiated coverage on the following equities: ... (NASDAQ: NKTR ), Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... BIND ). Learn more about these stocks by accessing their ...
Breaking Biology Technology: