An in-depth look at Africa’s rising population

In 1980, one in 10 people on this earth were African; today, it is one in six. By 2050, the continent is expected to have 2.5 billion people – more than a quarter of the world’s total; by the end of the century that could reach 40 per cent.

Africa’s population growth has been in the news lately, after Britain’s Prince William was widely criticised for suggesting it is endangering wildlife – comments that sparked outrage among African environmentalists, who pointed out that their vast continent emits less than 4 per cent of global emissions.

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