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Census Bureau Announces a World Population Milestone

Estimates it has now hit 8B

(Newser) - The world population grew by 75 million people over the past year and on New Year's Day it will stand at more than 8 billion people, according to figures released by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. The bureau estimates the population passed the 8 billion mark on September...

Census Bureau Says World Population Has Hit a Milestone

United Nations estimated 8B mark was hit last year

(Newser) - The human species has topped 8 billion, with longer lifespans offsetting fewer births, but world population growth continues a long-term trend of slowing down, the US Census Bureau said Thursday. The bureau estimates the global population exceeded the threshold Sept. 26, a precise date the agency said to take with...

World Population Just Hit a Milestone

It's estimated to top 8B for the first time on Tuesday

(Newser) - You are now one of 8 billion people on the planet, according to UN estimates. The organization calculates the world population will cross the 8 billion mark on Nov. 15, though it admits it could be off as counting every single person on the planet is nearly impossible. Regardless, the...

UN Forecasts a Population Milestone in 2050

It projects an approximately equal number of men and women by that year

(Newser) - Viewed solely in terms of population numbers, it's long been a man's world. Last year, for example, men outnumbered women worldwide by 44 million, notes the Pew Research Center . However, a new UN projection sees the gap narrowing relatively quickly, and it forecasts a roughly equal number of...

Big Shifts Are Close for World's Population

UN projects we'll hit 8B in months, with India on track to overtake China as No. 1 next year

(Newser) - A new UN report on Monday—aka World Population Day—sees some major milestones on the horizon, including a pending shift for the title of most populous nation. Some of the nuggets highlighted, including in coverage at Quartz and the Hindu :
  • Overall: The world's population is expected to reach

Here's How Much the World Grew in the Past Year

By 74M people, according to US Census Bureau

(Newser) - The world’s population is projected to be 7.8 billion people on New Year’s Day 2022, according to the US Census Bureau. That represents an increase of 74 million people, or a 0.9% growth rate from New Year’s Day 2021, the AP reports. Starting in the...

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...

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...

7-Billionth Babies Born: Danica in Philippines, Nargis in India
 Meet Baby No. 7 Billion 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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