The United Nations recently advised that the globe’s population is almost 8 billion and continues to increase, with India set to replace China as the most populous nation by 2023.
According to PHYS, recent U.N. projections show that the world’s population will grow to 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.4 billion during the 2080s; it’s forecasted to remain there until 2100. More than half of the projected increase will focus on countries like the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, and the Philippines.
The U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, stated the following:
“This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize 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.”
India currently has a population size of 1.412 billion and will pass China’s 1.426 billion next year. By 2050, the United States is predicted to remain in third place; Nigeria will be fourth; Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, the Congo, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh will follow.
The U.N. report continued with the following:
In countries with at least half a million population, the largest relative reductions in population size over that period, with losses of 20% or more, are expected to take place in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and Ukraine.
Global life expectancy is also set to increase from 72.8 years of age to 77.2 years by 2050.
In regards to gender balance, the report stated the following:
Globally, the world counts slightly more men (50.3%) than women (49.7%) in 2022. This figure is projected to slowly invert over the course of the century. By 2050, it is expected that the number of women will equal the number of men.
However, there are low fertility rates in North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. So we’ll have to see if those percentages change.
Until Next Time…
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Lederer, E. M. (2022, July 12). UN projects world population will reach 8 billion on Nov. 15. PHYS. Retrieved July 12, 2022, from https://phys.org/news/2022-07-world-population-billion-nov.html