Earth in Peril

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 04.20.04
  • NOVA

In this interactive, world maps reveal the human footprint on Earth's water, air, climate, forests, and animal habitats. Examine geographical connections between population growth and environmental degradation across the globe.

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How do consumption and rapid population growth affect our planet's natural resources?

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program World in the Balance.



(density, forests, habitats, land)
Courtesy of the World Resources Institute
(growth, water, air)
© AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment, by Paul Harrison and Fred Pearce, 2000
(cities, climate)
Courtesy of NASA

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