18 Aug '11, 2am

World population will reach 7 billion this year: Study (via ST iPhone App)

World population will reach 7 billion this year: Study (via ST iPhone App)

The world population will reach seven billion later this year. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS (AFP) - The world population will reach seven billion later this year, with increases in the number of people in Africa off-setting birth rate drops elsewhere, according to a new French study published on Thursday. Looking much further ahead, the National Institute for Demographic Studies (Ined) predicts a continuing rise in the overall population figures until the total stabilises somewhere between 9-10 billion worldwide by the end of the century. From six billion people, the figure estimated in 1999, the gap between the global birth and death rates has swiftly brought the total figure towards the next billion in just 12 years. Ined expects it to take a further 14 years to reach eight billion people before the figures start stabilising, according to the study which pulls together research c...

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