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Trends in Global Population Growth -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Lee, Mary E.;

2009 / EBSCO


Today, the world's population is approximately 6.7 billion and increasing rapidly despite a recent decline in overall rates of population growth. Population growth is distinctly uneven worldwide and these differences are reflected in the allocation and use of resources. This article gives a brief overview of population growth processes and surveys recent trends in population statistics, including fertility, contraception, sex ratios, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, urbanization, aging, migration, income distribution, consumption, and biocapacity. Current population trends are indicators of the near future, providing a basis for ongoing attention and research on population issues.