World population set to hit 7bln as the battle for resources continues

The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth below to find out.

What’s next? The global population will continue to increase during your lifetime and beyond, reaching 10 billion by 2083. However, the rate of growth is expected to slow. Most of the current growth is happening within your group of countries, or the developing world.

Longer lives: Death rates and birth rates are falling in your area. This means working-age people like you will be supporting increasing numbers of older people during the next decades. By 2050, there will be just 4.6 working-age people for every person aged 65 or above in your area – a decrease of 63% from 2000.

Battle for resources: It is estimated that the richest group of countries consumes double the resources used by other areas of the world – including yours. The UN estimates that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030s we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us.

Did you know? Children born in rural areas across the world are nearly twice as likely to be underweight as urban children.

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