Thursday, October 2, 2014

World (human) Population Could Reach 12 Billion by 2100

San Joaquin Fox
A new paper in Science projects the world population could reach 12 billion by 2100 -- and then keep right on growing instead of leveling off as was earlier predicted.

The world population has doubled since 1970 and today tops 7 billion, growing by 227,000 people daily. The toll on wildlife is staggering: Species are disappearing 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than the natural rate.

"The unsustainable growth of the human population is a key driver of many of the world's environmental problems, including global warming and the loss of wildlife around the globe," said the Center's Stephanie Feldstein. "We can't continue on this same path and still hope to have a planet that's ultimately livable for people and wildlife."

Press release from Center for Biological Diversity:

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