Photo Gallery: Is the Population Bomb a Dud?
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Photo Gallery: Is the Population Bomb a Dud?

The Great Contraction Experts Predict Global Population Will Plateau

The 7-billionth human being was born last week as the UN issued dire warnings of an exploding global population. But birth rates are actually in free fall worldwide. Experts predict that the world's population will start shrinking in 2060 and that -- with a bit of imaginative policymaking -- the birth and death rates could actually balance out.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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