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November 27, 2022

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Earlier this week, the United Nations estimated that the world’s population hit 8 billion people. That’s just 11 years after the global population hit 7 billion. The Earth’s population hit 4 billion people in 1974–meaning it took less than 50 years for the population to double. That said, that rate of growth isn’t expected to continue. The U.N. estimates that the rate of growth has started to slow down, and is only expected to hit about 10.4 billion people by the end of the century. And that growth will be concentrated primarily in about 8 countries, while the rest of the world sees lower rates of childbirth coupled with aging populations. Thanks to advances in medicine, the proportion of the population aged over 65 will rise from about 10% now to 16% in the year 2050. Based on U.N. estimates, India is likely to surpass China as the world’s most populous country next year. The two countries combined collectively include about 2.8 billion people – over a third of the planet’s population.

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