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“The more of us that do, the stronger we become and the more capable we become.”
That’s the message from a recent report that claims the world’s population growth has topped 7 percent. The World Population Prospects report, the first of its kind, finds there are enough living humans on the planet to support nearly 8 billion people by 2050.
That translates to an additional 8 billion people globally, a rise of 1.5 percent of the world’s population, says the report, titled Global Development Report 2015.
According to the report, a full one-fifth of those new beings are in China. That’s a rate of 1.26 billion per year, the highest recorded per capita rate on record, according to the report. (See images of China.)
China’s population boom is a consequence of a surge in the number of people who have ever married in the country, from 5.5 percent to 5.7 percent of the total population. According to the report:
“An interesting finding of this report is that China is increasingly emerging as an urban, multi-modal economy with a high level of urbanization. These trends, with the expected growth of urban populations due to immigration of urban workers, and the consequent need for more affordable housing, will have a negative impact on the world population,” it continues.
Also notable: The report says the fertility rate in most of the world has hit the 1.2-1.4 average level, putting it in the ballpark of the replacement rate for the human race.
The trend has been attributed to improved nutrition and education for parents and families, as well as a decrease in violent crime and drug use in cities.
That said, the number of children under five in the world has remained stable for the past 40 years.
The report also finds the world population is projected to rise from 8.4 billion to 9.2 billion between 2010 and 2050.
A population of 10 billion is projected by 2050, and a total of 11.5 billion by 2100, according to the report.
In other projections, the world’s economy will shrink from its projected current level of 7.8 percent of gross domestic product this decade to 6.5 percent of GDP by 2040, to 5.7 percent in 2100. (
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