Ten Billion and Counting

Get ready to get a little more crowded.

According to the United Nations, the world’s population is growing ahead of previous projections.

The global population is likely to reach 7 billion in October 2011, not spring 2012. And it may still be rising in 2100 past 10 billion, rather than being flat by then.

Is there room for all of us? The New York Times took up the question this week.

The Economist story linked above includes a fascinating graph, which shows the US population hitting 475 million by 2100, but being far surpassed by India, China, and Nigeria (!).

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