The challenge of World Population: Dharma Arunachalam interviewed by #TalkAboutIt

Dhrama-TalkAboutItMonash University’s Dharma Arunachalam was recently interviewed for the ABC TV program: #TalkAboutIt.

With the world population projected to exceed nine billion in 2050, #TalkAboutIt took a look at how we are going to cope.

Dharma explains that in the 20th Century we hit the 2nd billion, 3rd, 4th, 5th and the 6th billion marks in just 100 years.

“We are going to be adding another billion by 2025, so that is a huge increase in world population, and we have so many problems in the world dealing with the 7.2 billion we have now.”

“By 2050, big countries like India and China will have stabilised in their population growth, so in the second half of the century over 90% of the population will come from sub-Saharan Africa and some parts of Asia. We know African countries even now are finding it difficult to provide the resources they need to support the population.”

“According to some studies we have already reached the ‘carrying capacity’ in many parts of the world.. If we manage to convince every person in the world to have ‘half a child’ less, that would lead to 8.5 billion people by 2050 … 1 billion people less will be easier than dealing with than one billion people more.”

See the full interview with Dharma

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