By October 31, 2011 there will be 7 billion people on Earth according to a new report by the UN Population Fund. The population statistic falls in line with earlier predictions that the 7 billion mark would be reached before the end of the year.
In an even scarier scenario the fund believes that Earth’s population will reach 8 billion people in just 14 more years.
After reaching 1 billion estimated people in 1804 humans spent 123 years reaching 2 billion and now according to a researcher speaking with the Globe and Mail:
“The world has absorbed big gains since 1950.”
With energy prices already rising astronomically along with the cost of food some analysts are worried that we could reach a tipping point based off rising population numbers.
A Fund researcher for the project says of the population increases:
“For the rich, it’s totally manageable,” while adding, “It’s the poor, everywhere, who will be hurt the most.”
The Population Funds director points out that one of the biggest problems with population explosions is that more than 215 million women worldwide don’t have access to family education and therefore lack the understanding of family planning.
If those numbers are not scary enough it’s also estimated that we will reach 9.3 billion people by 2050 while the world’s population will skyrocket to 10.1 billion by 2100.
Considering that humans essentially act like viruses by moving into a space and destroying everything they need to live off I find these numbers to be scary for humanities future. Do you find the number of people on Earth to be frightening?