Global Population Density Destiny
A new report from the U.N. warns that the world's population is expected to get really, really, really big, and sooner than was previously expected. Currently we Earthlings number about 6.5 billion, and by 2050, that number is expected to rise to 9.1 billion. Couple that with the fact that 2004 was listed as the first year when more than half the world’s population were urban dwellers (that figure’s posed to be amped up to 70% sometime soon), along with the fact that we’ve just come off the hottest year on record, and we’ve all got something pretty serious to ponder: How can little ol’ Earth support all these human beings?
According to the U.N. Population Division’s report, virtually all of the growth will be in the developing world. That means that now more than ever we very much need to implement sustainable practices going forward in nations that are industrializing, or industrialized but needing to be cleaned up. That is to the say, the next industrial revolution must start now. Or we will literally fall back into dark ages.
India is expected to overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2030, five years earlier than previously expected. And the populations of the world's 50 poorest countries are predicted to more than double by 2050. Education and thoughtful infrastructures in the present are the proper way of slowing it down, and preparing the for the future. ::BBC [by MO]