Earth’s Population Hitting 8 BILLION

LONDON, ENGLAND  - DECEMBER 02: Crowds of shoppers are seen on Oxford Street on December 2, 2020 in London, England. Last night MPs voted in favour of government proposals to enter England into a tiered system of lockdown beginning at midnight. Residents of Tier Two - High Alert can socialise with anyone they live with or who is in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. Outdoors they must observe the rule of six. Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals and must close between 11pm and 5am with last orders called at 10pm. Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with. Schools remain open. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • United Nations has estimated world’s population will hit eight billion tomorrow
  • It has taken the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion people
  • Report says it will now take about 15 years — until 2037 — for it to reach 9 billion
  • The world’s population is currently growing at its slowest rate since 1950

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