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23 August, 2009

World Population Data Sheet Projection: 8.1 Billion by 2025, 9.4 Billion by 2050

Here is a link to the data in PDF format.

Some of the highlights:
  • World population increased by 83 million since 2008
  • Current 2009 world population: 6.8 billion
  • Projected world population in 2025: 8.1 billion
  • Projected world population in 2050: 9.4 billion
  • Virtually all of the increase is projected to occur in the third world
Oddly enough, the report projects the same numerical population increase in the 25 years after 2025 as it does for the next 16 years leading to 2025. The reason for this is that apparently the rate of increase over the last few years has been slowly falling and is expected to continue to do so. That seems like wishful thinking to me, but I can't rightfully dispute it since I had no clue it was declining at all. Apparently, it seems to be tied directly to education and socioeconomic conditions, which explains why future increases are forecast to occur most heavily in the third world where education is substandard and poverty is rampant.

Still, even with a slowing in the rate of the increase, the fact remains that the world's population is still increasing to levels far beyond the planet's carrying capacity.

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