Population Explosion Continues – 10 Billion People By End Of Century

World Population by Continent and 10 Most Populated CountriesSo much for a population peaking and declining by 2050 (the so-called “Demographic Bomb“). The UN is now saying that the Earth’s human population will carry on growing exponentially, as reported by the New York Times:

The population of the world, long expected to stabilize just above 9 billion in the middle of the century, will instead keep growing and may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100, the United Nations projected in a report released Tuesday.

Growth in Africa remains so high that the population there could more than triple in this century, rising from today’s one billion to 3.6 billion, the report said — a sobering forecast for a continent already struggling to provide food and water for its people.

The new report comes just ahead of a demographic milestone, with the world population expected to pass 7 billion in late October, only a dozen years after it surpassed 6 billion. Demographers called the new projections a reminder that a problem that helped define global politics in the 20th century, the population explosion, is far from solved in the 21st.

“Every billion more people makes life more difficult for everybody — it’s as simple as that,” said John Bongaarts, a demographer at the Population Council, a research group in New York. “Is it the end of the world? No. Can we feed 10 billion people? Probably. But we obviously would be better off with a smaller population.”

The projections were made by the United Nations population division, which has a track record of fairly accurate forecasts. In the new report, the division raised its forecast for the year 2050, estimating that the world would most likely have 9.3 billion people then, an increase of 156 million over the previous estimate for that year, published in 2008…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Anonymous

    Just a reminder: RELAX, we’re all gonna die…

  • Anonymous

    Just a reminder: RELAX, we’re all gonna die…

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Just a reminder: RELAX, we’re all gonna die…

    • BabyBoomer

      Thanx! I almost forgot… If I can “hang” for another 30 years I’ll be 90 & hope that the predictions of Malthus don’t come to pass before 2050. The toxicity of over population is already upon us as is the toxicity of our very nature as human beings. Of course there are many who “see the light” & understand the error of our ways & can offer “cures” for “all” our ills. Somehow I don’t think humankind will take the medicine in time to save itself. My prophecy is that social collapse will occur within the first half of the third millennium, if not sooner :[

  • BabyBoomer

    Thanx! I almost forgot… If I can “hang” for another 30 years I’ll be 90 & hope that the predictions of Malthus don’t come to pass before 2050. The toxicity of over population is already upon us as is the toxicity of our very nature as human beings. Of course there are many who “see the light” & understand the error of our ways & can offer “cures” for “all” our ills. Somehow I don’t think humankind will take the medicine in time to save itself. My prophecy is that social collapse will occur within the first half of the third millennium, if not sooner :[

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