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Global Population hits 7 Billion, could grow to 15 Billion by 2100

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The UN has warned world population could reach 15 billion by 2100, adding pressure to crowded cities such as New Delhi.

Nearly 7 billion people now inhabit planet but projections that number will double this century have shocked academics.

The United Nations will warn this week that the world’s population could more than double to 15 billion by the end of this century, putting a catastrophic strain on the planet’s resources unless urgent action is taken to curb growth rates, the Observer can reveal.

That figure is likely to shock many experts as it is far higher than many current estimates. A previous UN estimate had expected the world to have more than 10 billion people by 2100; currently, there are nearly 7 billion.

The new figure is contained in a landmark study by the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa) that will be released this week. The report –The State of World Population 2011 – is being compiled to mark the expected moment this month when somewhere on Earth a person will be born who will take the current world population over the 7 billion mark, and will be released simultaneously in cities across the globe.

Some experts reacted with shock to the figure. Roger Martin, chairman of Population Matters, which campaigns on population control, said that the Earth was entering a dangerous new phase. “Our planet is approaching a perfect storm of population growth, climate change and peak oil,” he said. “The planet is not actually sustaining 7 billion people.”

The Earth has now doubled in population since the 1960s, boosted by high birthrates in Africa, Asia and Latin America as the spread of medicine and better healthcare has seen the mortality rate for young children decline. This has easily offset the general decline in the birthrate of advanced countries. It has also been boosted by an increase in lifespans of people across the world.

Some experts reacted with scepticism that the population would really hit the upper end of the predicted spectrum of growth and reach 15 billion so quickly. Professor Jack Goldstone of George Mason University, author of The Population Bomb, said that he thought world leaders would act to ensure the Earth’s population would start to plateau below that higher level. “The means and the desire to reduce the number of children people have is spreading around the world,” he said, adding that he thought a level of 10-12 billion would be more likely by 2100.

Many policy experts believe that governments and NGOs have the tools to limit and control the world’s population. The key effort, many say, is simply making sure that effective family planning spreads throughout the developing world. “What’s really critical is the political commitment of governments. Family planning is not actually that expensive,” said John Bongaarts, vice-president of the New York-based Population Council.

However, campaigners on family planning issues often come across cultural and religious factors that make educating women and reducing the size of families difficult.

Some governments make a point of trying to increase their populations, while many religious groups preach against the use of contraceptives.

The Population Research Institute, a Virginia-based group linked to anti-abortion organisations in America, last week welcomed the news that the world’s population was set to hit 7 billion this month. “Humanity’s long-term problem is not going to be too many children, but too few,” said the institute’s president, Steven Mosher.


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  • shadowhand18

    Overpopulation is the biggest, most dangerous issue we are facing today. Due to human ignorance based on cultists religions, and idiocy the earth cannot sustain billions of life not to mention the life still undiscovered. A global contraceptive is vital if we wish to keep our planet in a natural balance. Because there is a lack of knowledge of true spirituality, mankind thinks that aborting a embryo should be forbidden yet they kill full fledged living innocent children by polluting the air, running them over carelessly like in china, by letting them starve to death, and letting them die horrible death by disease and torture.

    For those that are blindly wrapped into false religions It is time you heard the truth. “Jesus Christ” was nothing more but a normal human being like you and I whos real name is “Jmmanuel”. He was falesly named the christ due to the ignorance and human error that he rose from the dead, when in fact he never died because he was in a comatose like state. Jmmanuel escaped his tomb via secret back entrance, fled to india to continue teaching, and died a natural normal human life with his children and wife Maria Magdalene, who was not a whore like betrayed in the christian bibles. The beings referred to as “God” and “Satan” in Christianity does not exist and have never existed for this is purely man made. These beings were created to keep our ancient primitive human ancestor in control for in those times they were wild and perform many desecration against creation herself for the only being that should be praised is the creation because nothing else is higher.

    You will not go to hell for doing bad things, for this place never existed, nor heaven. When you die, you go to the fine material world where you will stay, or incarnate back if you choose to do so, but everything you do in your next life is prepared in this one. There is no golden gates, there is no fire and brimstone, there is just pure energy and billions of spirit forms.

    Now that you know the truth, let go of the foolish ideas that was created by our uneducated ancestors and live your life in the truth, for our world is in danger and the only ones who can fix this is us together. If you read this understand that these words are meant to help you, not to cause conflict in your beliefs. Every single person on this planet is responsible for each and every decision they make. nothing, or no one is responsible for us. You are “Free” to do whatever you want, but remember we need to help each other if we all wish to have a bright and health future. Good luck guys!

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  • Nexus789

    The global population is not going to get to 10billion let alone 15billion. Ten billion means another India and China in terms of the increase. Given the finite nature of the Earth there will be a population collapse way before that. Who the hell would want to live in such a world if it were possible…environmental collapse (pollution), no biodiversity (habitat destroyed as well as species), no forests (cut down to support factory farms), etc.

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