The population of Earth has reached eight billion people.
The United Nations announced that the milestone in human development is happening on Tuesday (November 15) and it’s projected that the population growth is going to slow down.
“This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. “At the same time, it is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our commitments to one another.”
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The UN said, “While it took the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion, it will take approximately 15 years—until 2037— for it to reach 9 billion, a sign that the overall growth rate of the global population is slowing.”
The global life expectancy as of 2019 is 72.8 years and it’s projected that life expectancy by 2050 could be 77.2 years.
The population of the world was 4 billion in 1974 and it has doubled since then.