7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.

As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline. But exact numbers are hard to come by — just small variations in fertility rates could mean a population of 15 billion by the end of the century.

Produced by Adam Cole
Cinematography by Maggie Starbard

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What Does a Census Really Mean, and Why is It Important?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics put together an interactive movie called Spotlight, which helps its citizens understand the data a little better.

Spotlight takes some of the data from the last Census - conducted in 2006 - and turns it into a simple interactive movie, to show just a few of the interesting things that the Census can tell us about Australia's people and population.

Once you've explored Spotlight, you can create an infographic of your own (above is mine) - a personalised snapshot of your own (only for Australians) numbers that you can share with friends.

via spotlight.abs.gov.au
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The World in 2100 Videographic

The world’s population will reach 7 billion by the end of October, according to the latest projections from the United Nations. For the first time the UN has attempted to look as far ahead as 2100, using various assumptions about how fertility and mortality rates might change over the years. The average of these estimates suggests that the global population will cross 10 billion by 2085.

via www.economist.com

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World Party For 7 Billion People

There will soon be seven billion people on the planet. By 2045 global population is projected to reach nine billion. Nigel Holmes is a British graphic designer and theorist, imagines how much space we would need to host a world party for 7 billion people in 2011.

Can the planet take the strain?

via ngm.nationalgeographic.com
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