Carrying capacity of the environment
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Catton defines carrying capacity as the maximum persistently supportable load of a focal population in a bounded environment. Here, definitions of carrying capacity for natural populations, ecosystems and humans, as well as biocapacity, are presented, with issues fully discussed pertaining to their proper interpretation, models and estimation, debate and derived paradoxes. With the explosion of the human population, the threat of overstepping the earth's carrying capacity has become a sword of Damocles, hanging over humanity and urging it to choose a sustainable path of development. Carrying capacity has become arguably the most important concept in the era of Anthropocene.
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