04 February 2011

U.N.: World population rate must slow
The U.N. Population Division says for a reasonable possibility of stabilizing world population, fertility must drop below a "replacement level" at which a population exactly replaces itself from one generation to the next, the BBC reported Thursday. That level is 2.5 children per woman in high mortality countries and 2.1 children per woman in low mortality countries. If that level is achieved it must then be maintained for an extended period, the report says. The world population, expected to reach 7 billion this year, could double to 14 billion by 2100 if action is not taken, the Population Division says.…(3 February 2011)

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