7 Billion Humans in 2011 | National Geographic Magazine: Crowded Road and Intersection | Mumbai, India

Crowded Road and Intersection | Mumbai, India

Crowded Road and Intersection | Mumbai, India

Feeling claustrophobic? You’re not alone.

The Census Bureau’s global population clock gives the pretense of greater precision. It projects that about 255 people are born every minute (about 367,000 a day) while about 106 die (roughly 153,000 a day). At that rate, the world’s natural increase would be about 78.5 million a year, or well more than the entire population of France, Britain or Thailand… Generally, the bureau’s projections lag behind those of the United Nations by up to a year (the population will reach eight billion in either 2026 or 2025, they figure, respectively).

 —Sam Roberts, New York Times, November 1, 2011

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