10 facts on Over Populations

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  1. Currently, there are over 7.6 billion people in the world. The steady rate of growth of the population has brought about this huge figure. Asia and Africa constitute a greater share of the world’s overpopulation statistics.
  2. It takes an approximate dozen years for an increase in population by a billion. It has taken 12 years for the population in the world to grow from 6 billion to 7 billion, between 1999 and 2011. This increase is mostly attributed to the developing countries where the growth rate is higher.
  3. The rate of population growth has slowed down. Yes, there is overpopulation and it is true that it is increasing. Nonetheless, it is growing at a slower rate than it was about 10 years ago, which is 1.24% than compared to 1.18% now.
  4. Over 108 billion people have lived on earth. This is a revelation that is astonishing since the 7.6 billion currently on earth represents just about 7%. This means that of the 108 billion people ever on earth, only 7% are presently alive.
  5. There are over 230 million immigrants globally. Most move from LDCs to more developed countries. Over time, the trend has shifted and now, some of the immigrants migrant to other LDCs.
  6. There are around 80 million births in the world every year. This is the estimated average number of births recorded per year. This means that there is an addition of at least 80 million people as New Year begins.
  7. In 1985, the demand for resources exceeded its supply. The distribution of the available resources was quite equitable before 1985, where there was an equilibrium between the demand and the supply of resources. Nevertheless, the emergence of overpopulation led to disequilibrium where the resources could not cater for the whole population.
  8. Approximately 34% of the population was probably unwanted or accidental. This is universal. It is caused by cases of unwanted pregnancies by young girls as well as poor family planning methods. Absconding of children is also a factor.
  9. Overpopulation is not only attributed to population growth. The increase in the life expectancy level has also played a role in overpopulation. This is brought about by the fact people are living for a longer time than they did, say 50 years ago. For instance, in 1950, males had a life expectancy level of 66 years whereas as of now, it is at 74 years.
  10. There are 3000 births every 20 minutes and a subsequent loss of 27000 species of plant and animal life. The growth in population translates to the exploitation of the flora and fauna in the people’s lifetime.

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