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According to the United Nations, we have managed to copulate our way past the 7 billion mark. The population of our perilous species is expected to be as high as 15 billion by 2100, which is ridiculously unsustainable, by most accounts. Here’s the story.
The United Nations’ Population Division, which calls itself the “Gold Standard” for setting the figure, says the world’s population will hit 7 billion some time today (Monday), but it admits the date is symbolic.
“No-one can know this,” the New York-based body said on its website.
But there are plenty of experts who do not agree with the UN body’s prediction.
The US government Census Bureau’s world population clock says the figure will not be reached until April next year. The private Population Reference Bureau, also based in Washington, says the magic 7 billion was passed weeks ago.
The International Institute for Applied System Analysis estimates the world population will not reach 7 billion until some time between July next year and January 2013.
The UN forecasts have a margin of error of at least 1 per cent, the population division says. Even if they are 1 per cent off, the magic figure could have been reached six months ago, or it could take another six months.
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