10 Billion People by 2100 -- Many Won't Be Rich

May 6, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Just in case ongoing uncertainty at the Fukushima nuclear reactor, continuous war, and the fact that your body will never move like Beyonce's is not enough to mope about for now, the United Nations has released a study of projected global population growth. Evidently, the end of the century will be very crowded.

The Economist&39;s graph of population trends charts an increasingly cramped future, with notable exceptions in India and China.

Population growth and poverty (in terms of income, water and government collapse) appear to be inextricably linked—look at Nigeria, Tanzania, Congo and the United States grow!

One question prospective U.S. parents might want to ask themselves while studying the Economist's chart is, "When my kid is 80 years old, will there still be an easy answer to which one of these countries is not like the others?"

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