World population reaches 8 billion. India set to surpass China in population by 2023.
The world’s population crossed the 8 billion mark today on November 15, 2022 according to report. By 2050, it is estimated that Earth will be host to around 9.7 billion humans.
The U.N. projects the population to continue growing to about 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and peak around 10.4 billion in the 2080s.
Till 2050, about half of the increase in population from the present day will be contributed by just 8 countries, including India.
A report by the United Nations says that India is set to surpass China to become the world’s most populous country by 2023,
This is because fertility rates in China have considerably declined in the past years,and the country is expected to see an absolute decline in population numbers starting as early as 2023. The gap between both countries will continue to grow and by 2050, India is expected to have a population of around 1.668 billion while China’s population will decline to 1.317 billion.
Since 1800, the world's population has jumped eight-fold, from an estimated one billion to eight billion.
From the 19th century, the population had begun to explode, majorly due to to the development of modern medicine and the industrialization of agriculture, which in turn boosted global food supplies.
Many people worry that eight billion humans are too many for the planet Earth, while most experts say the bigger problem is the overconsumption of resources by the wealthiest people.