Population in more than 20 countries to halve by 2100: Study

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Japan, Italy, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and Thailand will see their numbers diminish by at least half by 2100 [File: Reuters]

 The Earth will be home to 8.8 billion people in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, says new study.

More than 20 countries, including Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and Thailand, will see their numbers diminish by at least half by the year 2100, according to projections in a major study.

China’s population will fall from 1.4 billion people today to 730 million in 80 years, said the study led by an international team of researchers, published in The Lancet on Wednesday.

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Elon Musk doubled down on his theory that the world population is headed for collapse

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Elon Musk believes the human population is headed for decline. REUTERS/Mike Blake

In a tweet on Friday, Elon Musk doubled down on his theory that the global population will be in decline by 2050.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO first backed the theory in 2017 in response to a New Scientist article about a “population bomb.”

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