NEW YORK, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - There will be more
than seven billion people on the planet by the end of 2012, the
UN said in a revised forecast on Wednesday.
The growth will be fuelled mainly by births in developing
countries, which will see a rise in population from the current
5.6 billion to 7.9 billion.
Population growth in developed countries will grow by
approximately 50 million people, to 1.28 billion, but mainly
because of the inflow of immigrants from developing countries.
The UN Department of Economic and social affairs said that
the population of the Earth currently stands at approximately
6.8 billion people.
The forecast also predicted that the world's population
would reach nine billion by 2050.