World Population Set To Hit 8 Billion Next Week

United Nations projects life expectancy will increase to 77.2 years on average by 2050
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

  • The United Nations reported that the world’s population is set to hit 8 billion next week, more than three times higher than the 2.5 billion people on earth in 1950.
  • The population will continue to increase according to the United Nations, and life expectancy will grow to an average of 77.2 years by 2050.
  • Although the world’s population growth rate has decelerated, the increases in life expectancy and the number of people of childbearing age have led to the projected increase in population size.

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