Tuesday, March 06, 2007

World Population Issues

The information below comes from one of several documents available at the UN Population Division site here. Anyone interested in the changing face of the world (and subsequent impact on so many issues) should check out some of the documents. Some of the things that caught my eye along with the shift from rural to urban were:

Mortality in Eastern Europe which had been increasing in the 1980s is going down. From 200-2005, the life expentency in that region was 67.9 years. In 1960-65 it was 68.6. The Russian Federation & Ukraine are particularly affected by rises in mortality -- due to HIV/AIDS.

The mega-city (10 million people or more) came from the 20th century. In 1950 there were only two mega-cities (New York & Tokyo). Today there are 20. These cities count for 9% of the world's population.

International migrants numbered 191 million in 2005. Three-quarters of all migrants lived in 28 countries in 2005. US had 1 out of 5 world-wide migrants. And yes, better living conditions and hopes for jobs are the top draws. But as the poorest of the poor don't have the resources to try and migrate, most migrants are from their middle class.

In 2005 61% of the population used some level of contraception. Put another way, 664 million out of the world population of 1 billion+ women of reproductive age who are married or in union use contraception. Highest (72%) was the Caribbean region. Lowest (27%) was Africa. 90% of those using contraception used modern methods. (sterilization, IUDs, pills, in that order).

In developed countries, 20% of today's population is 60 or older. By 2050 it will be 32%. Elderly have already surpased children (0-14) in developed countries. By 2050 there will be 2 elderly people to each child in the developed world.

Some countries projected to have FEWER people in 2050 than today include Germany, Italy, Japan, the Baltic States & most of the successor states of the former Soviet Union.

Between 2005-2050, 9 countries will house 1/2 the world's population. They are India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Dem.Rep of Congo, Bangledesh, Uganda, the United States, Ethiopia and China. (maybe everyone from Germany, Italy, Japan, the baltics & old USSR will have moved there?)

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Anonymous Mark said...

Interesting site. Thanks. Lots to think about.

7:30 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Hi Lapopessa. Interesting blog you have here. Thanks for your visit to and comment at my place. World population is certainly a problem. GW Bush's solution is to teach the world abstinence. If only his father had practiced that!

3:50 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

the funny thing is- this admin- in the first month in office- cut funding for contraceptives globally and instituted abstinence instead. for places like asia and africa. the scope of the shortsightedness and stupidity and outright cruelty of this period in american history- well- i don't know if it can be paralled- but don't quote me on that.

7:08 PM  

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