population won't stabilize this century

September 19, 2014 9:48 AM

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A new re­port sug­gests Earth’s popula­t­ion will keep ris­ing through this cen­tu­ry—con­trary to past pro­jec­tions that it would sta­bi­lize, peak­ing around 2050.

The new work, based on a sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis of the most re­cent popula­t­ion pro­jec­tions from the Un­ited Na­t­ions, points to Sub-Saharan Af­ri­ca as the main en­gine be­hind the surpris­ing growth. Pat­rick Ger­land of the U.N.’s popula­t­ion di­vi­sion and col­leagues at sev­er­al uni­ve...

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