Nuclear reactors planned worldwide
As of May 2017, China and Russia have the largest number of planned nuclear reactors, totaling 41 and 26 reactors, respectively. Globally, both countries have a relatively high number of functioning nuclear reactors compared to other nations. In May 2017, the United States reported the highest number of functioning reactors, namely 99, followed closely by France with 58 reactors. In 2015, almost 77 percent of France’s electricity production was generated by nuclear power
This shows the total population of China until 2015, with forecasts to 2021 to 1.5 billion people. In 2012, the Chinese population amounted to about 1.35 billion people. The total population of Russia was around 143.44 million people. Only a fraction of them live in the major Russian cities.
With almost 12.1 million inhabitants, Moscow is largest of them. The total population in the United States in 2016, amounted to approximately 323.3 million people.
Thus the majority of the global population lives on the Asian continent, as a statistic of the world population by continent shows. In around 100 years, it is estimated that population levels on the African continent will have reached similar levels to those we see in Asia today. As for a forecast of the development of the world population, these figures are estimated to have reached more than 10 billion by the 22nd century.
Growing population numbers pose an increasing risk to the planet, since rocketing numbers equal increased consumption of food and resources. Scientists worry that natural resources, such as oil, and food resources will become scarce, endangering the human race and, even more so, the world’s ecosystem. Nowadays, the number of undernourished / starving people worldwide has decreased slightly, but forecasts paint a darker picture.