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World population day in numbers

When the first World Population Day was marked in 1990, the global population stood at a little over five billion.
It's now over half that again, measuring 7.6 billion.
July 11 is now the day each year when the United Nations tries to bring attention to the importance of population issues.

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Can we be sure the world's population will stop rising?

Forecasters expect the world's population to reach 10bn by the year 2050 - but could the figure be a lot, lot higher?
The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, recently published a report describing the world's ageing population.

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Do the dead outnumber the living?

There are currently seven billion people alive today and the Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 107 billion people have ever lived.
This means that we are nowhere near close to having more alive than dead. In fact, there are 15 dead people for every person living. We surpassed seven billion dead way back between 8000BC and AD1.

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World population to reach seven billion, says UN

The world's population is estimated to reach seven billion on Monday, according to the United Nations.
The number is growing by 200,000 people a day, and experts predict that by the end of this century, it could reach 10 billion.

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7 billion people

The world's population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years.
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World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
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How Many People Can Earth Hold?

The Rockefeller University's Joel Cohen noted at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that the question of Earth's human-carrying capacity depends on how we're being carried.
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The Earth now home to nearly 6.5 billion souls, and more than half of them live in just six countries, according to a report from the French Institute for Demographic Studies (IFED).

Out of every 100 people living in the world, 61 live in Asia, 14 in Africa, 11 in Europe, 9 in Latin America, 5 in North America and less than one in Oceania, according to the IFED, which hosts an international conference on world demography in the French city of Tours next month.

Out of every 100 babies born today, 57 are born in Asia, 26 in Africa, nine in Latin America, five in Europe, three in North America and less than one in Oceania.

"Right now there are 6.477 billion human beings. The 6.5 billionth will be born in Asia some time in December" - Catherine Rollet who is organising the conference.

The six most populous countries - China, India, the US, Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan - contain between them 3.3 billion inhabitants.
Life expectancy is longest in Japan at 82 years, followed by Iceland and Switzerland at 80. But people can expect to live just 36 years in Zimbabwe, 38 in Zambia and 40 in Malawi - mainly as a result of the AIDS epidemic and poverty in those southern African states.

Population growth has slowed down since the 1960s but the number of humans will probably increase to between nine and 10 billion by 2050.

"Three billion more is a lot but it is manageable. The increase will be biggest in some Asian countries and above all Africa.
Agronomists say the earth has the potential to support many more inhabitants - up to 15 billion. The question is how to share out the resources rather than whether we can produce enough
" - Catherine Rollet.



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