World Pop. to Hit 7B by 2012

Increased 1B in 13 years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 2:37 AM CDT
World Pop. to Hit 7B by 2012
China's one child policy limits most urban couples to one child and rural families to two in an attempt to control population growth.    (AP Photo)

The world's soaring population is expected to hit 7 billion by 2012, further straining thinly stretched natural resources, AP reports. The current population is 6.7 billion, and growing at 1.2% a year, spurred by increasing medical and nutritional advances in developing countries. But as more women in developing nations join the work force, the growth rate is expected to slow—eventually to .5% by 2050. (Read more human population stories.)

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