Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for population growth

In the last 60 years, China’s demographic, health and educational patterns have undergone extraordinary changes. From being a country with the fastest demographic on earth, with a fertility rate of 6 children per woman in 1950, its population has now started falling with a fertility rate of only 1.5 children, comparable to that of most… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Despite the positive signals of demographic stabilisation in the developed world and China, global population keeps increasing at an unsustainable rate. Every year it grows by about 80 million, the equivalent of the German population. UN projections for 2050 expect global population to reach more than 10 billion in the worst hypothesis, 8.4 billion in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

During the last 2000 years the human species has irresistibly conquered the planet. In my own life time, the number of human beings on the planet has more than trebled, from 2 billion in 1930 to 6.7 billion today; and the numbers are set to rise by another 2 billion mostly poor people until the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein