World population crosses 8 billion people

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Population increased from only 2.5 billion in 1950 a result of gradual increase in life expectancy says the report 

The global population crossed the 8 billion mark on Tuesday, November 15, according to the recent official estimates of the United Nations. The report states this sudden rise in population from 2.5 billion in 1950 is attributed to growth of human development. Advance in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine have helped people live longer.  

Aside from this, the increase in the population is also due to the higher fertility rates, particularly in the world’s poorest countries, the report adds.  

 “The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement in a report from France 24.  

The report also adds that this rise in population growth comes in the midst of the COP27, to highlight the importance of our shared responsibility to protect the planet. As there are limited resources available for the future, most experts believe that the bigger problem comes from the over consumption of resources by the wealthiest of countries.  

But Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund chief says that overpopulation is not a cause for concern.  “Some express concerns that our world is overpopulated”, she said adding that, “I am here to say clearly that the sheer number of human lives is not a cause for fear.” 

The report states that the UN the global population to grow to about 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050. It adds that the population is expected to peak around 10.4 billion by 2080s.

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