Posted February 15, 2019 08:56:55The world is coming to an end, and the clock is ticking.
As the world’s population is set to hit nine billion by 2050, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is warning the world may be “on the verge of the end of civilisation” in the year 2030.ABS says in the world we live in today, there will be no more than 10 billion people on the planet by 2050.
The bureau has forecast the world will reach its “peak” of population growth in 2026.
“It is likely that we will be in a situation in the coming years where there is no population in the entire world,” a statement said.
“We will have reached peak population growth, which is currently occurring in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.”
The world’s oceans will be increasingly populated and that will ultimately mean an increase in CO2 emissions.
“There will be fewer people in the planet as a whole, and this will have a profound impact on the health of the planet.”
Bureau says ‘peak’ population will occur in 2023-24There are also concerns about a “peak in population” occurring in 2022-23.
“In a world where there are more people on earth than there are atoms in the universe, the impact of a large population on the environment and the health and wellbeing of the human population is very important,” the statement said, adding that the number of people on Earth is likely to increase from the current 10 billion to the current 12 billion.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that although population will increase from today’s numbers, it is not likely to hit a “pandemic” that causes a worldwide pandemic.
“At this stage, it’s difficult to predict when this might occur, but we will have an impact if it does,” the bureau said.
The bureau’s population projections for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:Australia: 10.8 billionPeople: 10 billionAustralia is the second-most populous nation in the Western Hemisphere and the largest in the developed world.
The US has around 6.5 billion people and India has about 4.2 billion people.
There are around 1.8 million Australians living in India.
The United States has about 8.5 million people and China has about 7.4 million people.
Australia has a population of 2.3 billion, with India and China accounting for the remainder.