Earth’s population will hit EIGHT BILLION tomorrow in a ‘key milestone for humanity’, UN says
- United Nations has estimated world’s population will hit eight billion tomorrow
- It has taken the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion people
- Report says it will now take about 15 years — until 2037 — for it to reach 9 billion
- The world’s population is currently growing at its slowest rate since 1950
The world’s population will hit eight billion tomorrow, the United Nations has estimated.
The UN said we should marvel at the improvements in healthcare that makes such a feat possible.
And next year India’s population will outstrip that of China, as India will match and start to overtake the Chinese population figure of 1.4billion, the UN said in its World Population Prospects report.
It has taken the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion.
The report said it will now take approximately 15 years — until 2037 — for it to reach 9 billion, which shows the overall growth rate of the global population is slowing.
The world’s population will hit eight billion tomorrow, the United Nations has estimated. This graphic shows how population figures in certain countries have changed over the past decade
The study for World Population Day revealed that the pace of mortality slowing means the world’s population will reach eight billion tomorrow, 8.5 billion by 2030 and 10.4 billion by 2100 (pictured, the world’s population growth over the years)
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: ‘This year’s World Population Day falls during a milestone year, when we anticipate the birth of the Earth’s eight billionth inhabitant.
‘This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognise our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates.
‘At the same time, it is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our commitments to one another,’ he added.
The world’s population is now growing at its slowest rate since 1950, with the rate dropping to below 1 per cent in 2020.
The latest projections by the UN suggest that the world’s population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050.
It is projected to reach a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s and to remain at that level until 2100.
World Population Prospects 2022 states fertility has fallen markedly in recent decades for many countries.
Population growth was growing at its slowest pace since 1950, having fallen below 1 per cent in 2020, UN estimates showed. Pictured, Europe’s population fall
Today, two-thirds of the global population lives in a country or area where lifetime fertility is below 2.1 births per woman, roughly the level required for zero growth in the long run for a population with low mortality.
The populations of 61 countries or areas are projected to decrease by 1 per cent or more between 2022 and 2050, owing to sustained low levels of fertility and, in some cases, elevated rates of emigration.
More than half of the projected increase in the global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United Republic of Tanzania.
Countries of sub-Saharan Africa are expected to contribute more than half of the increase anticipated through 2050.
The UK has a current population of 68.5 million in 2022, with an average annual rate of population change of 0.4 per cent compared to India’s 0.9
India’s billionth baby was born in 2000. Aastha Arora was officially designated the country’s billionth child.
Now 22, Aastha told the BBC that India has a population problem.
She said: ‘India must do something to control its population,’, adding ‘it’s our cultural preference for sons that’s got us here’.
Couples keep having babies until they have a son, she said.
A baby born in India in 2011 was declared the world’s seven billionth person by child rights group Plan International.
Baby Nargis was born at 07:25 local time (01:55GMT) in Mall village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state on October 31, 2011.
European Union’s population shrinks for a second year running
The European Union’s population shrank for a second year running last year, the bloc’s statistics office said on Monday, as the region reels from over two million deaths from the coronavirus.
According to Eurostat, the population of the 27 countries that make up the bloc fell by close to 172,000 from the previous year and over 656,000 from January 2020.
‘In 2020 and 2021 the positive net migration no longer compensated for the negative natural change in the EU and, as a consequence, the EU total population has been decreasing,’ it said, pointing to impacts from the pandemic.
The number of deaths began outstripping births in the EU a decade ago, but immigration from outside the bloc helped offset the gap until the first year of the pandemic.
The European Union’s population shrank for a second year running last year, the bloc’s statistics office said on Monday
The previous time the EU had registered a fall in population was in 2011 – the only other time since 1960 – but this rapidly picked up due to net migration.
Eurostat said deaths should continue to outstrip births in the coming years given the pandemic, an aging population and relatively low fertility rates.
‘Should this be the case, the EU’s overall population decline or growth in the future is likely to depend largely on the contribution made by net migration,’ the report said.
More than half of EU member states saw their populations increase, with France leading, then Netherlands and Sweden.
Italy, Poland and Romania recorded the largest population falls in the EU.
Eurostat counted 446.8 million people living inside the EU by January 2022.