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Earth's population hits 7 billion

2011-11-11

Queen’s University sociology professor Stephen Obeng Gyimah is available to talk about the Earth’s population reaching 7 billion people today, according to the United Nations.

Dr. Gyimah, who teaches a course on population and health issues in sub-Saharan Africa, says the rate of the world's population growth will start to slow in the coming decades.

"What is certain is the population of the world is increasing, but the increases will not be as sharp as the last 40 years. The growth rate in the next 50 years is projected at 0.77% compared with about 1.75% in the last half century. Sub Saharan Africa and Asia are expected to account for the vast majority of population growth in the coming years. Canada doesn’t have to worry about overpopulation problems in the future although our way of life could be affected by what goes on in other parts of the world. We should be more worried about maintaining a large enough workforce to support our economy as baby boomers become seniors,” says Dr. Gyimah.

Dr. Gyimah is available for phone interviews only.

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