While it took thousands of years for the human race to hit a population of 5 billion back in 1987, it’s only taking 32 years to close in on 8 billion since then.
Leaders of the United Nations are concerned about the alarming rate at which the world’s population is explosively growing. On July 11th, World Population Day was observed to raise awareness about the onslaught of problems triggered by overpopulation. The holiday was created back in 1989 and is observed annually on July 11.
At present, the global population is at 7.7 billion and by 2050, the world is projected to reach 7.9 billion with only just a few more years to reach a massive 8 billion population count.
Today’s struggles with overpopulation are nothing to take lightly, what more for the future?
While the planet’s population continues to grow, some areas are actually losing population. 27 countries or areas experienced a shrinkage of 1 percent or more in population since 2010 according to the UN. The drop in number is reportedly caused by sustained lower levels of fertility in countries such as China and Japan. However, these shrinkages have very little effect on the global tally with populations in other regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, projected to double by 2050.
A 2018 study projects that half of the projected growth of world population from now until 2050 will be from the following countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the United States.