Ageing and Longevity

World population just passed 8 billion. Here's what it means

Global population growth is a testament to the progress of our species - but how did we get here?

Global population growth is a testament to the progress of our species - but how did we get here? Image: Unsplash/Jezael Melgoza

Tom Crowfoot
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A graph showing world population growth over the last 12,000 years.
This exponential growth in global population started in the 17th century due to new technologies and farming. Image: Our World in Data
A graph showing the time it took for the world's population to increase by one billion.
The first billion in global population was recorded 1803. Image: Our World in Data

A chart showing the world's most populous countries by 2030.
India is set to overtake China as the World's most populous country by the end of the decade. Image: United Nations
A chart showing the global population age demographics from 1950 to 2050.
A century of change in the global population. Image: UN World Population Prospects
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Researchers can't agree whether the world's population will increase or decrease over the next century. Image: Statista
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