The problems with the number

May 14, 2009 • News

Many thanks to Kurt Dahl for this article. Also see Kurt’s home page for a lot of useful information on population issues.

Ask any population activist, or any journalist who has ever written a story about world population, and they will tell you that by the year 2050 world population will grow to 9.2 billion people. This singularly quoted 9.2 billion number comes from the United Nations – specifically; the 2006 revision of the World Population Prospects done by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division – and it is accepted by all as the only authentic projection of world population.

Well…maybe not by all, because I believe that the real number, when we arrive at 2050, will be much higher, more likely in the 11 – 13 billion range.

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