These Powerful Images Show the Devastating Effects of Overpopulation

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The fact that overpopulation is a problem should come as no surprise, but just how much of a problem it is will probably shock you, as highlighted in these powerful photographs by environmental awareness platform Global Population Speak Out.

The photographs are part of a book titled “Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot,” which is available to view online for free. The book highlights the effects that humans and overpopulation is having on the environment all around the world, from polluted rivers to the effects that mining for fossil fuels can have.

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A man surfs through waters that are full of rubbish off the coast of Java, Indonesia.

The Yellow river in Mongolia is so polluted that breathing near it is nearly impossible.

A pretty bleak photograph of a land fill site in Bangladesh.

A fire at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, April 2010.

A forest in Indonesia that has been transformed into a palm plantation.

This is National Willamette forest in Oregon, USA, which has now been 99% deforested.

A section of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil is burnt down in order to be 'repurposed'.

A lot of our old electrical rubbish and waste normally ends up in third world countries such as these computers in Accra (Ghana).

This is Mexico City. It has 20 million inhabitants.

This is the worlds biggest excavator, known as Bagger 288. It is used to extract coal at a mine in Germany.

Huge icebergs melt on Svalbard island in Norway.

The Maldives. It is predicted than within 50 years that all the Maldives islands will be underwater due to flooding caused by global warming.

A Tar-rich area in Alberta, Canada ruined by years of mining that has produced toxic waste.

This is Ken River oil field, California. It has been for its oil reserves since 1899.

Mir Mine, Russia, the worlds biggest diamond mine

An Albatros that has died from ingesting too much thrown away plastic. Found in Midway Islands, North Pacific.

Land that has been covered by thousands of greenhouses in Almeria, Spain.