Saturday, January 01, 2011

7 billion

Expect 2011 to be a year of significant and memorable milestones, not the least of which is the world's human population will exceed seven billion before the end of the year.

National Geographic has posted an excellent, short video which discusses the implications of this unimaginable number. Click here.

Consider: the world's human population did not reach one billion until about 1830, fewer than 200 years ago. The good news is our numbers are growing more slowly than they were just a few years back. The bad news is that there are still way too many of us for humans to live harmoniously with the planet's other species, both fauna and flora.


Joe said...

Dave, in this news blacked-out world, in the case of population reduction, better late than never. Generally and universally, the only moral ways to reduce the population include either contraception or abstinence. Those methods do not actively killing a being. Thanks for speaking up on this most important issue.

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

There are still some legitimate news sources left, such as Nat Geo.

Joe said...

Talk of the Nation on NPR is going to have a National Geographic expose´ on the ramifications of population overload on the planet (slated for 1/6/2011)!