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A majority of the 370,000 children born this Tuesday will be poor. Half will be Asian. And in theory, one will be the planet's 6 billionth person. Most experts greet this milestone with anxiety. In just 12 years, they note, humans have increased their number by 1 billion. During the 20th century, the world's population has tripled. And by 2100, ecologist David Pimentel of Cornell University warned in a recent paper, "12 billion miserable humans will suffer a difficult life on Earth."
July 11, 1987 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
Because of better food distribution and improved health care, the world's population has reached 5 billion--more than triple the level at the turn of the 19th Century--and is likely to grow by another billion by the end of this century, the Population Crisis Committee reported today.
April 17, 1994
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, leaders from many nations met to develop joint strategies to save the world's threatened natural resources. That high-profile U.N. conference proved to be an international embarrassment to the U.S. delegation; then-President George Bush, one of the conference participants, refused to sign the biodiversity treaty agreed to by more than 100 other nations. The United States now has a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of the world community: at the U.N.
It's official: China remains the nation with more people than any other, while India has become the second country to surpass the 1-billion mark. Census data released by both nations this week confirm the remarkable fact that the two Asian neighbors account for more than a third of all humanity. China boasts a population of 1.27 billion while India has 1.03 billion, official figures say.
September 19, 1988 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
A majority of Americans believe that mounting populations in poor nations of the Third World are threats to their jobs, to U.S. security and to the world environment and that support for family planning in developing countries is therefore justified, according to survey results announced Sunday.
December 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Man has long been on the verge of overpopulating the Earth, if you believe the warnings. Around 200 A.D., the Roman writer Tertullian lamented that "we are burdensome to the world, the resources are scarcely adequate to us." The population at the time is believed to have been 200 million, barely 3% of today's 5.8 billion. Demographer Joel E.
February 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Earth's population of 5.2 billion people will increase this decade by nearly 1 billion, the fastest population growth in history, threatening to erase the gains that many countries have struggled to achieve, a U.N. official said Wednesday. The population is increasing by three people every second, or about a quarter of a million every day, said Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund.
April 10, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
India is expected to surpass China as the world's most populous nation, while the United States is expected to fall from fourth place to seventh in the global population count over the coming century, new population studies project. Worldwide population is expected to top 10.4 billion by the end of the 21st Century, more than double the current 4.9 billion, according to the reports released Wednesday by the private, Washington-based Population Reference Bureau.
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