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The population of the earth is totally getting old

March 27 2007

The population of the planet was facing an unprecedented demographic changes. Almost all countries of the world entered the demographic transition, while Japan and Europe has reached its final stage.

In Europe, the population is the oldest, and it will remain so for the foreseeable future.

A new UN report "World population monitoring, focusing on the changing age structures and their implications for development" talk about it. It will be submitted for consideration at the session of the Commission on Population and Development in New York in early April.

According to a report in 2007 28% of the 6.6 billion people living on Earth are children, 18% - young people, 44% - people in the prime working age and 10% - the elderly. Expected in the coming decades the population of all countries with different levels of development to age: in developed countries, the proportion of children will remain virtually stable at 16% and the proportion of elderly people will increase by half, to reach by 2050, 32%.

Thus, in 2050 in developed countries, on average, one child will be in two elderly people. Break the news of Science.

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