"A floating vessel that is longer than the Empire State Building is high has taken to the water for the first time. Despite appearances, Prelude cannot strictly be described as a ship as it needs to be towed to its destination rather than travelling under its own power."
"In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called 'gendercide' or femicide."
Our readers may be surprised to see a self described political conservative stating unequivocally that a world wide crash of the human population is not only inevitable but overdue. Isn't that within the purview of those Progressives and other...
The growing population of the world, now estimated to be over 7 billion, marks a global milestone and presents obvious challenges for the planet. There are extremely densely populated cities and sparsely populated countries. ...
For the past two decades, demographers have generally agreed that global population growth will continue to inch steadily higher in the coming century, raising concerns about everything from pollution to housing to the world's water supply.
But a new study out of Spain suggests those estimates may be way off—several billion people off—and that the earth's population could instead peak as soon as 2050. Applying a mathematical model to global population trends, these researchers believe that there will be fewer people living on earth in 2100 than there are today.
In 2011, the United Nations population division predicted a global population of 10.1 billion by 2100, an increase of nearly 50 percent from the earth's current population of 7 billion.
But scientists at the Autonomous University of Madrid and CEU-San Pablo University say their estimates, developed by using techniques from high-level physics to analyze UN population data between 1950 and the present, match that low-fertility curve. That path shows global population peaking in 2050 slightly above eight billion, and then falling back to 6.2 billion by the end of the century, the same as the total world population back in 2000...
Read the complete article for more details and related diagrams.
The world's population is due to hit 7bn this October.
If today the world's population is (almost!) 7 billion, what was the population when you were born? How much has the world's population changed in your lifetime? This interactive link shows the acceleration of growth powerfully (disclaimer: the dataset only works on dates after 1951--hint: if it was before 1952, world population was smaller than 2.5 billion).
Interactive Visualization of the Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2050...
Need population pyramids? This is a site with good global and national population pyramids with good temporal data as well to show changes in the population (good for explaining the demographic transition model).
Thousands of Africans put their lives at risk as they go on a boat journey in search of what they think would be a better and easier living. It is a journey that begins with hope, but often ends in despair. We travelled off the coast of Libya to meet African migrants risking everything for a future in Europe. Who are they? Where do they come from? And what do they expect to find on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea?
"For city dwellers, it may seem like the world is packed full with people. But not everywhere is so densely populated; in fact, many places in the world are seemingly void of life.There are over 7 billion people on the planet, a massive number that paints an image of human life sprawling densely over the planet...humans are unevenly distributed across the planet, leaving some areas that are densely populated and others that are largely void of life."
Some 250,000 tons of Nutella are now sold across 75 countries around the world every year, according to the OECD. Nutella is a perfect example of what globalization has meant for popular foodstuffs: Not only is it sold everywhere, but its ingredients are sourced from all over the place too.
Nice visual on differences in income, with associated paper. No stats needed here; a simple exploratory/observational curiosity is all you need. A great starter for classroom discussions/lab activities. Start with this primer where you can see the distinct difference.
Fifty-eight houses built by government in Nyanga, Cape Town, to be given to those who needed them. It should have been a happy ending – but it hasn’t turned out that way at all. A report last week told the story of how the state-subsidised houses in Nyanga have been vandalised beyond repair: broken into pieces in a dispute over which residents would have first access to them. It’s a sad tale which reflects a wider problem – people waiting for houses still believe in a “waiting line” that doesn’t really exist any more. By REBECCA DAVIS.
This interactive map shows national estimates of the percentage of the population falling below the poverty line. That is a quite problematic situation to map, since the operational definitions of poverty vary considerably among countries. Also, there are some counties without data (Central Africa, North Korea, etc.) However, there is still considerable value to be gleaned from this map. What regional patterns do you notice? How will this map inform our understanding of migration patterns and political unrest?
The United States population is expected to pass 400 million by 2051.
That’s 85 million more people who will need good jobs, sufficient space, clean water and energy.
We will need to make adjustments in order to have a healthy economy in the coming years. So what would happen if the world population – including in the United States – just kept growing? It’s simply not sustainable. The costs to both people and our planet would far outweigh the benefits.
Read the complete article for the relevant facts on the potential impacts of population growth on environmental and social issues...
She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.
Here are some more perspectives on demographics, climbing population totals and the consequences and realities of these numbers.
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