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8 Billion Of Us! | Outdoors My Window


15 November 2022

Today the global human population has reached 8 billion. Lest we think our current gworth rate is normal, this graph shows that human population since 10,000 BCE (the start of agriculture) has had a rapid and unnatural growth spurt in the last 70 years.

World population 100,000 BCE to 2021 from Our World in Data

There are so many humans now that we have changed the surface of the Earth, its atmosphere, and its climate just to supply our own needs.

Satellite image of Amazon basin in Bolivia (photo from Wikimedia Commons)
Smog over Mexico City (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

This rate of growth is unsustainable and somehow our species knows it. Population growth will continue but is slowing to a rate of only 1% by the end of this century. Unfortunately there will be 10.9 billion of us by then!

World population growth from Our World in Data

Asia will lead the world in slowing the rate while North America remains relatively stable. (Note: The dip in 2020 is COVID deaths outperforming births.)

Annual population growth by region from Our World in Data

How will we feed 8 to 10.9 billion people? Where will we live when the sea rises and the deserts expand?

It’s a good thing for our species and the planet that humans will stop reproducing so fast.

Read more about the slowing growth rate here at Our World in Data.

(photo/ graph links are in the captions. Slideshow photos from Wikimedia Commons in order: Rush hour in Russia, Beach in the Netherlands, Inauguration Day 2009, Crowded exhibit in India, Crowded street, Sao Paulo station, train surfing in Indonesia, crowded Faire in UK, train in Ecuador)

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