Saturday, February 26, 2005

9 Billion people in 2005

UN: World Population to 9 billion by 2050
The world's population will rise from 6.5 billion to 9.1 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations survey released Thursday.

Much of the growth will take place in the least-developed countries, where a high rate of mortality is outweighed by an even higher rate of fertility. Their current collective population of 800 million is projected to swell to 1.7 billion in 2050.

"It is going to be a strain on the world, but it seems feasible," said Hania Zlotnik, director of the U.N. Population Division. "It doesn't seem that there is a crisis coming, [but] that doesn't mean that some countries are not facing a crisis."

Populations will at least triple in some of the poorest nations -- Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Uganda.
I just wanted to say: That's a hell-lot-a-people !!!!!!!!!! How are we gonna fit? We need that station on the Moon, man! Maybe two or three, or four... no wait a minute. It's okay! With all the wars we find excuses to create, we should be able to handle it fine. Plus we don't want to teach teens about condoms (ABSTINENCE RULES!), so it will balance out quite well. No worries...

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