The Census Bureau estimates the population of the United States to be 459 million by the year 2050. That's more than a 33% increase over the next 40 years. Experts say the average American needs 1 acre of farmland to produce the food necessary for a sustainable diet. The United States has more than 2 billion acres, but much of the land cannot be farmed. For instance, Alaska has more than 300 million acres under ice. So, unless we can control our population growth by reducing immigration numbers, our sustainability will soon be threatened.
A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the United States population will soar to 404 million by the year 2060, primarily because of the 1.5 million illegal and legal immigrants pouring into the country annually. With 326 million people currently residing in the U.S., immigration alone will increase that number by a staggering 78 million people over the course of just 40 years.
The Census Bureau again found that Texas is leading the nation in population growth. NumbersUSA members know that translates into urban sprawl.
The Washington Examiner reports the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) and a number groups are suing the Department of Homeland Security, alleging that its policies did not take into consideration the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Julie Axelrod, IRLI’s lead counsel on the case, said, “Our lawsuit will demonstrate that legal and illegal immigration have a very significant impact on the environment, which DHS has spent the last 46 years ignoring.”
Natural Florida is disappearing fast. More than 4,000 square miles of unique Florida nature and its special agricultural land that you could have visited in 1982 no longer exists. They have been cleared, drained, paved and developed into parking lots, streets, shopping malls, housing tracts, water and sewage facilities, and infrastructure of all sorts to handle Florida's population explosion.
The Florida of orchards, grasslands, marshes, pine scrub and open beaches continues to disappear at a rapid rate under the bulldozer’s blade of constant new development. How much of that is related to consumption and development patterns and how much of it is related to the increase in the number of Florida residents is the focus of this study.
NumbersUSA had a booth at Earth Day Texas 2014 in Dallas to help promote the 2014 updated study on Urban Sprawl, "Vanishing Open Spaces". You can download the study here.
A new study shows Utah is second only to Nevada in its rate of urban sprawl over a 10-year period and is No. 7 in the country over the past 28 years for undeveloped land giving way to development.
Overall, undeveloped acreage equal to the size of Florida has been paved over in the United States from 1982 to 2010, with 11 million acres of cropland gone and 12 million acres of pasture and rangeland lost to buildings and highways, according to the study.