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The Morning Briefing: About that overpopulation problem

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about global population growth.

1.) About that overpopulation problem. The world's seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the 7 billionth living person came into existence.

2.) U.S. on pace for slowest decade of population growth since 1930s. The U.S. population is on track for its slowest decade of growth since the Great Depression.

3.) Has humanity’s explosion become a population bomb? The world's population has exploded over the past century, growing from less than 2 billion to 7 billion people.

4.) Government 'not prepared' for ageing population. Jeremy Hunt and U.K. ministers giving evidence to a House of Lords committee are warned that proposed NHS and social care reforms are not enough to accommodate the demands of an ageing population.

5.) EU court fines Italy for overcrowded prisons. Italy has been fined by the European court for violating basic rights of prison inmates due to massive overcrowding at the country’s incarceration facilities.

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— By on January 10, 2013, 4:49 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure