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Data from the World Resources Institute's EarthTrends website (http://earthtrends.wri.org/).

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Data from the World Resources Institute's EarthTrends website (http://earthtrends.wri.org/).

1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005

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Data from the World Resources Institute's EarthTrends website (http://earthtrends.wri.org/).

In terms of percent change in population growth, the Chinese population had been growing at a rate of 2.6 percent per year in the period of 1965-1970. In the most recent five-year period (2000-2005), the growth rate for China slowed to 0.65 percent. In South America, the population growth rate has steadily declined from 1950, when it was 2.75 percent, to the most recent period's 1.45 percent. Population growth even in the world's poorest countries has been slowing for decades, from a high of about 2.5 percent per year to a current rate of 1.8 percent. Not all of this decline in population growth is a good thing. For Africa especially, some of this is due to premature deaths from warfare and AIDS. However in most of the world, the slowdown in population growth is not due to an increasing death rate, but to a decreasing birth rate, a phenomenon generally associated with a higher standard of living, better education, and lower rates of infant mortality.

The continued substantial slowing of population growth was not predicted. Those who were concerned about overpopulation in the 1960s and 1970s also could not have (and in fact didn't) predict what has occurred with respect to food supply. The population has in fact increased (although less than expected), but the massive famines and food shortages that were predicted to follow from this have not come to pass.

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