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WHAT'S NEXT?: The global population is expected to reach 8.5 billion in 2030, up 1 billion from 2016. Western economies are declining in numbers and emerging economies witnessing burgeoning growth.

  • [New] Economic opportunities would dwindle, since countries would have to spend money on repairing damages from climate change instead of on new innovations, and much of the world's population would live a worse life. Grist
  • [New] With only 2% of the world's landmass but almost 18% of world population, it is paramount for India to take on harmful linear material flows and shift towards a circular model, which will provide many economic and ecological benefits. META
  • [New] Humans are always in danger of falling into a severe food shortage due to the increase in the world population, climate change caused by global warming, and the spread of infectious diseases (20, 123). Frontiers
  • [New] In both rural areas and cities, and across almost every demographic, income level, and age group, more respondents than last year believe America is doing a poor job of providing opportunities for all people. McKinsey & Company
  • [New] The evolving open banking environment in Saudi Arabia will be further fueled by the Kingdom's young and highly connected population. Entrepreneur Middle East
  • [New] MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world's most pressing social challenges, including decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria. Urban Institute
  • [New] Zimbabwe is seeking international support to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory, saying the $600 million it expects to earn is urgently needed for the conservation of its rapidly growing elephant population which it describes as dangerous. The Globe and Mail
  • [New] More than 3.5 billion people will need one or more assistive products by 2050 due to population ageing and the increase in incidence of non-communicable diseases. SciDev.Net
  • [New] Ukraine's exit from global markets and the imposition of sanctions on Russia have raised grain prices, putting the populations of third-world importers like Nigeria at risk of starvation. The American Conservative
  • [New] By 2050, two thirds of the global population will live in cities, consuming 75% of the world's natural resources, producing 50% of global waste and over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. Workplace Insight
  • [New] Diabetes affects everybody around the world and, although there are similarities in risk between populations, there are also important differences. Scope
  • [New] The food supply that farmers have to produce has to grow by 50% in next 30 years because the population of the world is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion by 2050. Vision systems design
  • [New] China's total population will reach its peak in 2030, and then decline year by year for the next 30 years, with the rate of decline increasing year by year, and the total population of China will reach 1.193 billion in 2060. SpringerLink
  • [New] Aging populations and rising cases of noncommunicable diseases, mean that the number of people in need of assistive technology is likely rise to 3.5 billion, by 2050. UN News
  • [New] South Africa will have to substantially increase the number of nursing schools and nurses to take care of a growing and ageing population and replace retiring nurses. Daily Maverick
  • [New] A new study by a team from the World Bank finds that to adequately care for the health of its future population, South Africa will have to substantially invest in a skilled health workforce. Daily Maverick
  • [New] 51.6% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa did not have access to electricity in 2020, and an estimated 660 million people in the world would lack access in 2030, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. AFRICA CHINA ECONOMY
  • [New] Whereas Asia's population is beginning to stabilize - led by that of India and China - Africa's population will, barring disasters, reach 2.4 billion by 2050 and will go on growing. Chartbook
  • [New] Within the next few decades, 129 countries will experience an increase in drought - 23 primarily due to population growth and 38 because of their interaction between climate change and population growth. Saudigazette
  • [New] Direct transfers can improve people's overall economic security by increasing their food security and reducing their asset depletion, both of which will be critical in the near term for supporting highly exposed segments of the world's population across various hotspots. BCG Global
  • Later this month Zimbabwe will be hosting what it calls an elephant summit in which representatives of 14 African countries, as well as from China and Japan, will consider ways to manage the populations of the world's largest land animal. The Globe and Mail
  • Technological superiority by great powers undermines the positive potential of AI for the majority of the world's population, particularly in developing economies. Newsroom
  • More than 75% of respondents from all three populations regarded China and Russia as serious threats to the United States. Rand Corporation

Last updated: 26 May 2022