7 Billion Humans in 2011 | National Geographic Magazine: Water Fight at China Folk Culture Villages | Shenzhen, China

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But there is plenty of bad news, too. Nearly half the world lives on $2 a day, or less. In China, the figure is 36 percent; in India, 76 percent. More than 800 million people live in slums. A similar number, mostly women, are illiterate.

—Joel E. Cohen, author of “How Many People Can the Earth Support?”

 

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