It’s getting hot and crowded in here, the Earth becomes extremely small for the amount of people it must host and in order to cope well with the fast progress, we need better family planning resources, more healthcare workers and a much better access to healthcare.
Earth’s population will exceed 11 billion people by the end of the century, according to new projections coming from UN’s official reports. For now, the global population is estimated at 7.3 billion citizens and in 12 years we will see an increase of one billion people.
Along with human communities, global warming will roughen life conditions, as natural habitats are slowly degrading, gas emissions are through the roofs, rainfall is rare and when it happens it wreaks havoc in most areas. If that wasn’t enough already, glaciers are slowly melting. Earth suddenly doesn’t sound like this friendly place to build a home anymore, as predictions are increasingly threatening. Our entire vision must be shifted towards preservation and a better management of life conditions.
However, even if the global population continues to grow, its evolution happens at a lower rate compared to the past years. The earth’s inhabitants grew at 1.24% each year, currently down to 1.18% per year, creating an increase of 83 million people annually.
Healthcare services will face a worldwide threat, as the continuing growth with unprecedented life expectancies brings unprecedented variables and perspectives for the future. Healthcare systems must be steadier and able to offer a larger set of services for all individuals who first of all need a good health management in order to keep life going on a balanced pace.
Aside from the long term projections that may change, short term forecasts show a dramatic slide in fertility rates. People all over the world are having fewer babies and it comes as no surprise, because the worldwide crisis makes people lay their focus on making money rather than make babies. People everywhere are having fewer children. If the trend continues, an alternative to the projected increase would be that the global population will flatten out. According to further data from the UN, there is a 23% chance of that happening by 2100.
Reports are showing that 83% countries which have 46% of the world’s population, including all countries in Europe, have fertility below replacement rate of almost 2, 1 births for every woman. Another 46% live in countries where the birth rate has fallen dramatically. In contrast to the threatening and challenging growth, in 48 countries the population will decline by 2050.
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