October 17, 2011
Earth’s Population To Reach 7 Billion By Month’s End
According to a new report by the U.N. Population Fund, there will be 7 billion people living on Earth as of October 31.
Currently, the Earth has over 6.997 billion people and counting, according to the U.N. website 7 Billion People - 7 Billion Actions.The organization launched "7 Billion Actions" on September 14, 2011 to try and bring governments, businesses, the media and individuals together to "confront the challenges and seize the opportunities offered by the new milestone."
“We are not here simply to acknowledge that milestone. We are here to address all of its vast implications,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a panel discussion at the launch ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.
The world population hit six billion about 12 years ago, and other estimates believe it will top eight billion in 2025 and 10 billion before the turn of the century.
Experts believe the pace of growth poses an increasing danger to citizens in some areas of the world.
Of the 2.3 billion people expected to be added by 2050, over a billion will live in sub-Saharan Africa. The Indian subcontinent will also add about 630 million people.
"Most of that growth will be in Africa's cities, and in those cities it will almost all be in slums where living conditions are horrible," John Bongaarts of the Population Council, a New York-based research organization, said in a press release.
According to U.N. estimates, the U.S. population will go from 306.8 million in 2011 to 423 million by 2050.
The Earth has seen a 1.2 percent population spurt in the past 5 years.
Bongaarts said that not everyone will be affected negatively by the population growth.
"Overall, this is not a cause for alarm - the world has absorbed big gains since 1950," said Bongaarts, a vice president of the Population Council. "For the rich, it's totally manageable“¦ It's the poor, everywhere, who will be hurt the most."
Although everyone around the world has various opinions on how to handle the new population milestone one thing is for certain, the 7 billion mark is on its way by the end of the month.
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