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Texas-Sized Nigeria Will Have More People Than US by 2050

And it might overtake China in another century

(Newser) - The UN's new population forecast for the world has some eye-popping figures, especially about Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. Its charts show that Nigeria, about the size of Texas, will surpass the entire US in population by 2050, reports the Guardian . By 2100, it is expected to... More »

7B People Isn't as Terrifying as It Sounds

Food production has soared alongside population: David Lam

(Newser) - Halloween may seem the perfect day for the world population to reach 7 billion —after all, it’s a terrifying milestone, right? Wrong, writes economist David Lam, president of the Population Association of America, in the Los Angeles Times . “The parents of the 7-billionth person should not be... More »

Meet Baby No. 7 Billion

UN, activists pick representatives for population landmark

(Newser) - The world’s 7 billionth baby has been born, and a number of infants are vying for the title. The UN has chosen Danica May Camacho—born in Manila, Philippines, just before midnight—as its symbolic No. 7 billion, the Guardian reports. UN officials offered Danica’s family a cake... More »

Earth Has 7B People: Calculate Your Number

BBC provides a calculator

(Newser) - Planet Earth is going to get its 7 billionth person in coming days, and the BBC marks the occasion with a calculator that estimates what your number is in that mass of humanity. You plug in your birth date, and it computes the figure, along with how many people came... More »

A Challenge From a Planet About to House 7B People

Time to change the way we think about prosperity: Joel Cohen

(Newser) - The world’s population is set to hit 7 billion within a week, according to UN estimates, and we’re looking at 10 billion people by century’s end. And that raises a new challenge for Westerners, who must must "shake off, at last, the view that large and... More »

World's 7 Billionth Person Arrives by Halloween

UN says new projection is a call to action

(Newser) - By the time you’re out trick-or-treating on Halloween, the planet will have marked an important milestone: As predicted, the world’s 7 billionth person will arrive this year , by Oct. 31, according to the UN Population Fund. It predicts that we’ll hit 8 billion just 14 more years... More »

World Population Will Break 10B by 2100

UN fears 'serious implications' for poorest countries

(Newser) - The world’s population will hit 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100, UN experts say. It’s set to reach 7 billion by the end of this year. The UN uses the figures, which depend on fertility expectations, to set up programs to address issues... More »

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