Rise in world population threatens the planetBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7321.1088/d (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1088
- Alex Vass
World population and consumption is rising at a rate that is threatening the wellbeing of people and the planet, a report published last week by the United Nations Population Fund said.
Over the last 70 years the global population has tripled, from two billion to 6.1 billion, and it continues to grow by about 77 million people a year. By 2050 it will reach 9.3 billion. The 49 least developed countries, already straining to provide basic services to their people, will nearly triple in size, from 668 million to 1.86 billion people by 2050.
The report said that there …