Axios: The human race at 8 billion
Eight billion humans are living on planet Earth — a huge milestone officially projected for and being recognized Tuesday by the U.N.
Why it matters: People are living longer, with generally better access to health care, food, clean water and sanitation than in past generations. A smaller share of humans live in extreme poverty.
* There are still challenges — ongoing ramifications from the pandemic, a record number of forcibly displaced people and worsening climate change.
“It is a momentous milestone for humanity,” Natalia Kanem, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), told reporters last month.
* “Some express concerns that our world is overpopulated with far too many people and insufficient resources to sustain their lives. I am here to say clearly, that the sheer number of human lives is not a cause for fear.”
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World’s Population Hits 8 Billion
World population to reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022 — United Nations