07 May '11, 5pm

Does the average American have any idea what the global population is?

Does the average American have any idea what the global population is? Watch and see: As Population Action International explains in this video, the world population will hit 7 billion this fall -- on Oct. 31, to be specific. At least that's the date the U.N. has specified , maybe because it's scary -- mwah-hah-hah. But seriously, the U.N.'s latest population projections are scary. Many demographers have been projecting that human numbers will stabilize at about 9 billion in 2050, but the U.N.'s new, more realistic analsys says the population could in fact keep on growing and hit 10.1 billion by 2100 . That's because we haven't been doing a very good job of giving women access to contraception and more control over their own destinies. In a world with that many of us, it will be all the more difficult to deal with climate change and bring billions out of poverty. While man...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/population/2011-05-07-do-you-know-ho...

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