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1.2 Percent and Dropping

Claim in Newspaper: The world's population will reach 7 billion in 2012... according to a new government projection.

Supporting "Fact" 1: There are 6.7 billion people in the world today (2008).

Supporting "Fact" 2: The world's population surpassed 6 billion in 1999, meaning it will take only 13 years to add a billion people.

Supporting "Fact" 3: The number of people didn't reach 1 billion until 1800.

Supporting "Fact" 4: It didn't reach 2 billion until 130 years later.

Supporting "Fact" 5: The global population is growing by about 1.2 percent per year.

Question: Based on these "facts," is the claim justified? Explain.

Source: Claim and facts in , June 20, 2008