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There are more than 6 billion human beings on Earth. According to the population estimates released by the United Nations, the 6 billion mark was reached on October 12 1999. 

Every second five people are born and two people die, a net gain of three people.

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At this rate, the world population is doubling every 40 years and would be:

However the United Nations estimate that we will only be 12 billion in 120 years. By visiting this web site, you will understand why the world's population has exploded in recent years and why it might stabilize during the next century.


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