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article imageUN Report: World's population to hit 7 billion by Halloween

By Andrew Moran     Oct 17, 2011 in World
New York - The United Nations is set to release its UN Population Fund report that highlights the population numbers on our planet. The report suggests that the Earth's population will hit seven billion by Oct. 31.
Global population levels have been a serious issue for many. With depleting resources, an increase in poverty numbers and a high demand for commodities, some are putting forth population control ideas.
According to demographers, the world population first hit one billion in the year 1804. 123 years later, the global number of human inhabitants reached two billion. By 1959, the number hit three billion, four billion in 1974, five billion 13 years later and then six billion just 11 years later.
A new report by the United Nations Population Fund to be released on Oct. 26 suggests that the global population is set to embark on seven billion by Oct. 31, 2011. Furthermore, the report projects that we will hit eight billion by 2025 and 10 billion by 2083.
“Overall, this is not a cause for alarm — the world has absorbed big gains since 1950,” said vice president of the New York-based Population Council, John Bongaarts, in an interview with the Associated Press. “For the rich, it's totally manageable. It's the poor, everywhere, who will be hurt the most.”
In Africa, it is expected that the regional population could reach two billion within the next 40 years, which will account for approximately half of the projected growth rate in that time period. This is a tremendous concern for African governments and international organizations because these nations will have difficulty finding jobs and maintaining enough water and food to sustain their citizens.
Africa has 48 cities with populations of more than one million people.
Africa has 48 cities with populations of more than one million people.
Photo © UN-HABITAT/William Ross
A report from the International Water Management Institute noted that approximately 1.8 billion people will live in areas without water by the year 2025.
Former Nigerian health minister and executive director of the UN Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, told the London Telegraph in an interview that these numbers should be a wakeup call for everyone across the globe.
“It's an opportunity to bring the issues of population, women's rights and family planning back to center stage,” said Osotimehin. “There are 215 million women worldwide who need family planning and don't get it. If we can change that, and these women can take charge of their lives, we'll have a better world."
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