High-growth scenario would add 1 billion every 10 years
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The world’s population is expected to quickly swell from the current 7 billion to 10 billion by the end of the century, according to a United Nations report released last week. By the middle of the century, the population will surpass the 9 billion mark, with most of the growth coming in a group of high fertility countries, including 39 in Africa, nine in Asia, six in Oceania and four in Latin America.
It will only take another 13 years to reach the 8 billion mark and then only five years after that to reach 9 billion, under a medium growth scenario. In a high growth world, it’s not inconceivable that world’s population could grow by 1 billion people every 10 to 11 years. China’s population is expected to peak in 2039 at about 3.1 billion, and Europe’s population may reach a peak in 2020 at about .74 billion.