Global demographic and economic indicators
Increasing global human population is linked (directly and indirectly) to increases in greenhouse gas emissions changes in long-range contaminants in northern regions, including the NWT, and to changes in demands for NWT resources. This global indicator is compared with similar indicators for the NWT in the DEMOGRAPHY focal point.
Current view: status and trend
By 2012, the estimated world population reached seven billion people and global population density was estimated as an average of 50 people per km2 of the earth’s land surface area, except Antarctica. In contrast, the NWT population density is 0.036 people per km2, 3.
The global human population growth rate has been slowing since the 1960s2. Projecting future growth is difficult as it depends on world events, fertility policies in developing countries and disease prevention programs. World population is projected to reach eight to 10 billion people by 20502.
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Ref. 1. United Nations Statistics Division. Current. United Nation Demographic Yearbook.
Ref. 2. United Nations Population Division. Current. World Population Prospects. UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Ref. 3. Bureau of Statistics, NWT. 2007. ... by the Numbers. Government of the Northwest Territories.