World Pop. to Hit 7B by 2012

Increased 1B in 13 years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 2:37 AM CDT
China's one child policy limits most urban couples to one child and rural families to two in an attempt to control population growth.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The world's soaring population is expected to hit 7 billion by 2012, further straining thinly stretched natural resources, AP reports. The current population is 6.7 billion, and growing at 1.2% a year, spurred by increasing medical and nutritional advances in developing countries. But as more women in developing nations join the work force, the growth rate is expected to slow—eventually to .5% by 2050. (Read more human population stories.)