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Overpopulation is the root cause of all environmental problems that are caused by human activity. Advances in human technology (agriculture, transportation, medicine, etc.) have made it possible for us to support a larger world population, especially after the Industrial Revolution. This has resulted in the Great Acceleration, with an exponential increase in human population and therefore an exponential increase in all kinds of human activity. The human impact on the environment is so large that scientists have declared a new geological age, the Anthropocene Epoch.

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The Great Acceleration

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