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

Guterres warns of rising tide of conflict as world nears 8 billion people — News 360 

As world population hits 8 billion, China frets over too few babies — Reuters

India faces deepening demographic divide as it prepares to overtake China as the world’s most populous country — The Guardian