ECOLEAF: The Increasing Global Population and the Demand on Electricity
Energy use does correlate to population growth to a certain extent: more people means more energy. From 2005 to 2030, the human population will grow by 1.28 times. In comparison, energy demands over the same time period are projected to grow at a much faster accelerated pace of 1.9 times. Part of the increase in demand will be due to increases in the human population: energy fuels modern society, grows economies, spawns new economies, and gives individuals upward mobility. Using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, individuals move up the hierarchy of self-fulfillment by first meeting their physiological needs of food, oxygen and water and then their needs for safety and security. Transcending these basic needs, however, requires increasing amounts of energy.
ELECTRICITY AND THE GLOBAL POPULATION
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