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Growing population

The population increases because there are more births than deaths. People are also living longer than they used to because they have a better diet, better knowledge about diseases and much better healthcare. Experts think the world's population will be 9 billion by the year 2040 and it might keep growing.

The graph on the right shows how the world's population has grown since 1750. The total population is the blue line at the top. The other lines show how population has increased in different parts of the world over this time. Where has the biggest increase happened?