Which ones we should use:

  1. the global population

  2. global population

  • In many contexts it's a (sometimes "meaningless") stylistic choice. Note that Google Books claims over 6000 written instances of with a global population [of some specified size, for example]. Aug 2, 2018 at 16:45

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You would usually talk about the global population

The global population is likely to exceed 9 billion within 10 years.

But in some contexts the indefinite article might also be used:

Earth's resources could not support a global population of more than 10 billion.

It would be correct to omit the article entirely when using such constructions as global population growth.

Global population growth is likely to strain earth's resources within 50 years.

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    I'm not convinced there's any significant argument in favour of specifically endorsing the "article-less" form when global population is being used as a "compound attributive noun", modifying some noun such as growth. There's nothing at all wrong with, say, with global population approaching [however many billions it was approaching when those words were being written]. Aug 2, 2018 at 17:01
  • @Ronald Sole.......... my question is that I could not distinguish different between your 2 first examples. Why for the first one you used "the" but for the second one, you did not?
    – mehrane
    Aug 2, 2018 at 20:13

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