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Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the World's Population

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1193 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1193
  1. Maurice King, honorary research fellow,
  1. the University of Leeds

    Eds John Bongaarts, Rodolfo A Bulatao; Panel on Population Projections, Committee on Population, National Research Council


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    National Academy Press, $29.95, pp 258

    ISBN 0 309 06990 4

    Available to read free online at http://www.nap.edu/books/0309069904/html/

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    This is a study in political correctness. It takes a comfortable global view and forecasts that humanity, having passed the six billion point two years ago, is now heading for nine billion by 2050—a year which many readers can expect to see. A report issued this month by the United Nations Population Fund predicted that the world's population would reach 9.3 billion by 2050 (BMJ 2001;323:1088). Other recent studies show the world's …

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