Royal Society to Study Global Population

The Royal Society of Britain is all prepared to initiate its major study on the growth of human population and its effect on social and economic development in the coming decades. The world's population has risen from two billion in 1930 to 6.8 billion at present, and anticipated to touch nine billion by 2050.

A large number of scientists believe that the time has come for politicians to meet the problems head-on that are caused by the rise in human numbers.

Sir John Sulston, the Nobel laureate, who played a leading role in decoding the human genome, will guide the study. The rapidly increasing human population is approved as one of the underlying causes of environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, depletion of water resources and loss of biodiversity.

The working group includes experts on the environment, agriculture, economics, law and theology from a mix of rich and poor countries like UK, China, Brazil and the US.

Sir John said, "We will be examining the extent to which population is a significant factor in the momentous international challenge of securing global sustainable development, considering not just the scientific elements but encompassing the wider issues including culture, gender, economics and law".

Many countries have already extensively surpassed their capacity to be self-sustainable in providing their people with food, water and land without having to import resources.

The declaration of the study was made on the World Population Day.