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NEWS: India, China to account for half of world population by 2050

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posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 01:56 AM
By 2050 it is estimated that the worlds population will 9.1 billion. Of this more than half will be either Indian of Chinese. However, trends have shown that the growth rate is slowly stabilizing. Growth rates in poorer coutures remain high. Many industrialized nations have almost no growth with the exception of the United States which has large numbers of immigrants.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India will have surpassed China in population by 2050 and the two will account for about 50 percent of the world's inhabitants, the United Nations predicted on Thursday.

The human race is expected to swell from the current 6.5 billion to 9.1 billion people by 2050, with populations exploding in hungry developing countries and stagnating in rich nations, according to the U.N. Population Division's "2004 Revision" report.

The increase of 2.6 billion people is equivalent to the combined populations of China and India today, according to the U.N. report. The growth is projected to be fastest in poor countries already struggling to feed their people.

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Thats alot of people for just two countries. I suspect that India may have the harder time with it. it has a much smaller land mass than does China yet will have a similar population. A case could be made that we have already exceeded the planets ability to support our species. No doubt we may be on the cusp of a new pandemic that bring things back into equilibrium or at least a more sustainable level. The bird flu may be just such a disease.

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posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 03:07 AM
Interesting how even the really poor countries manage to explode their populations, apperently there must be enough food around to have most of their children reach reproductive age, despite wars and plagues such as AIDS

However numbers say not too much about the QUALITY of life.

[edit on 25-2-2005 by Countermeasures]

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