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Tommy Bengtsson & Kirk Scott

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 2: World Population in Historical Perspective

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World Population in Historical Perspective
World population in historical perspective
TommyBengtsson and KirkScott

Since the Second World War, the world has seen population growth which has no known precedent. When the UN, shortly after its start in 1945, collected information on the economic and social conditions of all countries of the world it became evident that the annual global population growth rate was more than 2 percent, and perhaps as much as 3 percent, and not 1 percent as previously thought. It also became evident that most of this population growth took place in poor countries and the pressing question became how the world would cope with a doubling of its population, not within 72 years, as it was predicted, but within the next 25 to 36 ...

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