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Demographics 2.0

Demographics 2.0

Dr Chris Luebkeman
Arup Fellow
foresight@arup.com

From ageing to urbanising, the global population is rapidly changing.

As the global population rises rapidly, what will our world look like in 2050? The number of older persons is expected to double by 2050, reaching 2.1 billion. Meanwhile, 68% of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2050. The Drivers of Change Demographics examines the main drivers of population change, from gender equality to ageing population to anthroprogenic CO2.

How much is enough?

Income inequality, the gap between the poorest and wealthiest members of society, is reaching new extremes. The wealthiest 1% of humanity possesses more assets than the rest of the world combined; the wealth of the richest 62 individuals in the world continues to grow, while that of the poorest half of the world stagnates.

Demographic changes, such as ageing population and rapid urbanisation, are driving widespread change across the world. By 2100, the number of people over 60 may be closer to 4 billion, nearly 60% of the global population. Meanwhile, income inequality, the gap between the poorest and wealthiest members of society, is reaching new extremes.

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