(ORDO NEWS) — Although the world is still worried about global overpopulation, a theory is gaining popularity among scientists that the population in some regions will begin to decline sharply before the end of this century.
According to UN forecasts, the world population should grow from 7 to 11 billion by 2100, and then begin to decline.
But now a growing number of demographers believe that the peak will come much earlier – somewhere between 2040 and 2060, when the population will reach 9 billion.
However, as you know, in some countries the population is already declining globally, for example, in Japan, Italy, the United States and Eastern Europe. But soon, according to experts, China, Brazil, Indonesia and even India will be added to them.
For example, in the book of Canadian journalists Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson “Empty Planet. The Shock of Global Population Decline” is about the fact that in the coming decades the world’s population will peak, and then begin to decline. And this reduction will never stop.
High birth rates will remain high for the time being in Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Middle East. But even there the situation will begin to change when women have easier access to education and, in general, the birth rate is brought under control.
Moreover, in the medium and long term, the same thing will happen with the boom in the birth rate in Africa, which is not yet controlled. And it will end sooner than UN experts think.
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