The world’s population is likely to peak at 9.7 billion in 2064, and then declin…


The world’s population is likely to peak at 9.7 billion in 2064, and then decline to about 8.8 billion by the end of the century, as women get better access to education and contraception, a new study has found. By 2100, 183 of 195 countries will not have the fertility rates required to maintain the current population, with a projected 2.1 births per woman, researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine said. While the report authors note that fewer people would have “positive implications for the environment, climate change, and food production,” an aging population will pose challenges to health and social support mechanisms. (📸: Frederic Soltan/Corbis News/Getty Images)



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