the world’s population is slowing


Odd though it seems, growth of the world’s population is slowing. Peak world population growth of almost 2% a year was in the late 1960s. The now rate is half that. The last time the rate was so low was in 1950 but, the death rate was much higher at that time. According to the UN, the next ‘billion people’ will take 14 years to achieve. This is the first time that a ‘billion’ milestone has taken longer to reach than the one before. The ‘billion’ after that will take 18 years. A tale of three islands The Economist Oct 22nd 2011

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