This year, the world’s population will pass 7 billion. I am not sure I can sufficiently explain since I can barely get my head around it! Luckily, the National Geographic have done all the thinking for me and broken it down in a short video

What about in Australia?

According to the Australian Beauru of Statistics there is

  • one birth every 1 minute and 44 seconds,
  • one death every 3 minutes and 44 seconds ,
  • a net gain of one international migration every 2 minute and 47 seconds , leading to
  • an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 30 seconds .

You should check out the ABS population clock to see the current population data.

The video by National Geographic is a spotlight for their upcoming 2011 issues covering population.

With the worldwide population expected to exceed seven billion in 2011, National Geographic magazine offers a 7-part series examining specific challenges and solutions to the issues we face. The magazine introduces the series with its January cover story “7 Billion,” offering a broad overview of demographic trends that got us to today and will impact us all tomorrow. The first in-depth story will appear in the March issue, focusing on humans’ impact on the planet’s geology. Other stories will follow throughout 2011.

Editor’s update: in 2050, 70% of the population will be living in “urban areas,” not “megacities” as stated in an earlier version of this video.

Population is a very sensitive topic, especially in a country such as Australia where our population is low in comparison to countries of similar size.

What are your opinions on population in Australia, and worldwide?

Photo via John Stanmeyer & Randy Olson


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