... however, the population growth rate is declining

At the same time the population growth rate has been declining during the past several decades, dropping from around 1.65% per year in the early 1990s to 1.2% per year in the late 2000s. This represents a 27% decline in the growth rate between 1992 and 2010. There is a strong correlation between a country’s economic state and its growth rate: developing countries tend to have a 2-3 times higher growth rate than developed countries. This overall, global “decrease in the increase” means that the world’s population and its population growth rate are increasing more slowly, and could eventually stabilise around 10 thousand million people in 2100 (UN 2011).

This graphic is part of the publication Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment.

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