Briefing On World Population: Six Billion...And Counting

On Oct. 12, give or take a few days, the world's population reaches an alarming milestone. But the growth rate has begun to ease, and next century's rise will not be as steep as modern-day Malthusians once predicted

The worst crunch is coming to the poorest regions

Population density Darker colors represent more densely populated areas of the globe, as measured in 1 km squares Population per sq km

Growth is slowing...

As recently as 1987, the head count rose by 1.7%, or 86 million. In 1999 the increase is down to 1.3%, or 78 million. Experts think the population may...

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