AS OF TUESDAY, 8-BILLION PEOPLE NOW LIVE ON PLANET EARTH: U.N. REPORT

Nov 15, 2022

By Jane Brown

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The world’s population is hitting the 8-billion mark Tuesday.

The projection came in a U.N. report released in July that said much of the growth expected between now and 2050 is coming from just eight countries.

Half of those are in sub-Saharan Africa.

The report says that populations in the region are growing at 2.5 percent more than three times the global average.

Still, experts say the bigger threat to the environment is consumption, which is highest in developed countries not undergoing big population increases.

 

(A market in Kolkata, India)

The report also says India is expected to overtake China next year as the world’s most populous country.

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