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THE world's population will hit SEVEN BILLION in the next few days, according to United Nations estimates.
The landmark comes just 12 years after the total reached six billion.
The rate of increase is staggering. Many people alive today were born when the world population was less than two billion. And Britain is mirroring the world's expansion.
In 1801, our population was 10.5million — today it is close to 62million.
Fertility rates worldwide have fallen dramatically. In 1950 the world fertility rate was 4.95 children per woman, by 1975 it was below four and today it is less than three. The birth rate still exceeds the death rate but the gap is narrowing and the population may level off at around ten billion in 2100.
Um I don't think it will level off that quick, if at all. The population still increases by a rate of 1.1% each year, and if you think that's a small number consider this thread I made not long ago: Ever wonder how much of the Earths mass is made up of Humans?
The birth rate still exceeds the death rate but the gap is narrowing and the population may level off at around ten billion in 2100.