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The world has reached a somewhat worrying demographic milestone. The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that the population our planet has surpassed 8 billion. A spokesperson said the bureau estimated that the global population exceeded 8 billion the 26th of September. However, he said this was a very rough guess and the precise day could be a month or two either side this date. The Bureau declared that the world population would continue to grow a steady rate. It has grown 6 billion 8 billion in the past two decades. The number Earth's inhabitants had doubled 1960 and 2000. The rate growth is slowing as birth rates are falling in many nations.

The Census Bureau attributed the slowdown population growth to trends longer lifespans and lower fertility rates. However, it forecast that the population would reach 10.2 billion 2060. It said: "The world population is projected to keep growing despite declining fertility rates. In fact, we estimate the number infants already peaked in 2017. Instead, population growth the future will come larger groups of people adult ages." It added: "Population growth is the result fertility, mortality, migration and the share the population certain ages.…Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) the earth's population reside in countries where fertility is around or below the replacement level."

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