SOURCE: Science Alert

DATE: September 1, 2016

SNIP: For years, experts have suggested that the human population is growing at a startling rate. But it might be accelerating at an even greater rate than previous predictions.

According to a new report by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the world’s population could swell to 9.9 billion by 2050.

There are an estimated 7.6 billion people on the planet today, so when you do the math, the global population could be 33 percent larger in 35 years than it is today.

That prediction is bigger than the most recent estimates in the United Nations report, which suggested the world’s population would reach 9.6 billion by 2050.