Running Head: POSTMODERN AMERICA IN 2050
Dr. Ronald San Nicolas
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
Hawaii Pacific University
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Postmodern America in 2050
2050, the year that many people are talking about. It is considered the half of the
21st Century. Many things will happen between now and for the next 40 years. People think that many good things will happen during this year, but scientists and sociologists have a different view of the events that will occur when this year comes. In this paper I will identify three changes that will occur by 2050 and how they will affect society as a whole, but only one will be researched in depth.
The first change in 2050 will be overpopulation. Right now, many countries are considered overpopulated and their governments are looking for ways to control birth rates. Most of these countries are Third World countries and poverty is high in these areas. In the article U.S. Predicted to Boom by 2050 stated the following: “By 2050, the population in the U.S. will be up to nearly 420 million.” These increments will be a combination of increasing birth rate and immigration. At the same time, these changes in population could be devastating because it will put pressure on all natural resources and living space.
The second change in 2050 will be the disappearance of many species due to climate change. By 2050, rising temperatures exacerbated by human-induced belches of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could send more than a million of Earth's land-dwelling plants and animals down the road to extinction. In the article Warming to Doom Million Species by John Roach, a researcher for the National Geographic magazine, states the following: “According to the researchers' collective results, the predicted range of climate change by 2050 will place 15 to 35 percent of the 1,103 species studied at risk of extinction.” This...