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1 of 7 billion

March 3, 2011

As of this morning, the world population clock estimated the population of  Earth at 6,903,433,578.  As the clock is about to “roll over” to 7 billion, National Geographic has published a special series, Population 7 Billion, which looks at current trends of the population and the ability of the planet to sustain the increasing population (which is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2045).  The Face of 7 Billion provides a composite image of the human race while highlighting a few statistics regarding nationality, language, literacy, religion, livelihood,  and the urban/rural ratio.  Where and How We Live features a world map showing population density and average  per capita income data.  The supplemental pages generalize how income impacts life: such as internet access, fertility rate, education data, etc.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2011 9:22 am

    I should have started my comment by thanking Ray for bringing this important information to our attention. Thanks, Ray.

  2. March 3, 2011 9:21 am

    An old-timer like me can recall similar predictions in the 1970s that didn’t come true (I’m oversimplifying). It’s important to do predictive models but also not to put too much faith in them.

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