The United Nations-demarcated World Population Day on July 11 prompted a relook at the figure of the number of people in the world, and how each country is faring. The world’s population has now crossed eight billion, and it is projected that it will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The world’s population was 2.8 billion in 1955.
The total resident population is up 34.2 per cent since 2010 — an increase of 8.2 million people, of whom 4.8 million are Saudi nationals. Among Saudis, 63 per cent of the population is below the age of 30.
India is set to become the most populous country in the world, overtaking China, this year, according to United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) “State of World Population Report, 2023”. The report says that India’s population would be 1,428.6 million or 1.4286 billion compared to China’s 1.4257 billion. There will be 2.9 million more Indians than Chinese.
The latest census shows the population has jumped to 241.49m in 2023, an increase of around 33.8m people compared to 2017, when the last census was conducted, and over around 110m compared to the 1998 census. The growth rate has jumped to 2.55% from 2.4%....
More than nine million elderly are working, accounting for 13.6 per cent of the workforce, or one in seven workers in Japan. More than a third of people between70 to 74 have jobs in Japan, the data showed.
The world’s massive human population is levelling off. Most projections show we’ll hit peak humanity in the 21st century, as people choose to have smaller families and women gain power over their own reproduction. This is great news for the future of our species. And yet alarms are sounding.