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The world’s population has reached 8bn. Don’t panic

 On current trends, the global population will reach 9bn in 2037 and peak at 10.4bn sometime between 2080 and 2100.

About half the world’s projected population growth between 2022 and 2050 will occur in just eight countries. Five of those are in Africa (Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania). 

The other three are in Asia (India, Pakistan and the Philippines). India will probably overtake China as the world’s most populous country next year. 

Africa overtook the combined populations of Europe and North America this year (in 1980 it had just one-third of their total). 

That will have both environmental and social implications.

The Economist 11 November 2022


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