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World Population Hits 7 Billion

Sometime today, Earth’s 7 billionth person was born.

By | October 31, 2011

World population density mapWIKIMEDIA COMMONS

On October 31(Monday), the Earth’s population officially reached 7 billion, with the UN symbolically naming Danica May Camacho of the Phillipines the milestone baby.

That represents an explosive rate of growth for Homo sapiens. When the species got its start 200,000 years ago, there were just 10,000 of the species on the entire planet, Wired Science reported.  But the vast majority of the population’s growth occurred in the past century. In 1804, the world’s population reached 1 billion, The San Jose Mercury News reported. By 1927, the population had doubled to 2 billion, then skyrocketed to 6 billion by 1999.

Despite the impressive growth of our species, humans represent just a tiny fraction of the Earth’s living population: the world population of ants weighs as much as humans, and the biomass of all bacteria on Earth far exceeds ours.

We do, however, use more resource than any other species. Humans use one third of available fresh water, and one fifth of all the land-based life produced on the planet is diverted our needs, Wired Science reported.

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Avatar of: StanChaz

StanChaz

Posts: 1

November 1, 2011

Oh Lord!
I think I hear singing.
Can it be? Is that... Barbra?
Yes yes yes, it's DEFINITELY Barbra!
And... she wants us to join in!
All together now:

People,..... people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
We're children..... needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children

Lovers are very special people
They're the luckiest people in the world
With one person,..... one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you WERE half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people

People, .....people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world. 
With one person, one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you WERE half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people
People,...... people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world. 

Of course, on the other hand....Sartre claims that Hell is other people.

Avatar of: James Arnn

James Arnn

Posts: 1457

November 1, 2011

The USA is going to have a hard time keeping its ethos of fairness and helping others as the population grows. As the world population grows, a fair share for others will inevitably mean less for us. Not necessarily a bad thing... but are we prepared to accept this fate with a smile?

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Posts: 0

November 1, 2011

Oh Lord!
I think I hear singing.
Can it be? Is that... Barbra?
Yes yes yes, it's DEFINITELY Barbra!
And... she wants us to join in!
All together now:

People,..... people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
We're children..... needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children

Lovers are very special people
They're the luckiest people in the world
With one person,..... one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you WERE half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people

People, .....people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world. 
With one person, one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you WERE half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people
People,...... people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world. 

Of course, on the other hand....Sartre claims that Hell is other people.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

November 1, 2011

The USA is going to have a hard time keeping its ethos of fairness and helping others as the population grows. As the world population grows, a fair share for others will inevitably mean less for us. Not necessarily a bad thing... but are we prepared to accept this fate with a smile?

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

November 1, 2011

Oh Lord!
I think I hear singing.
Can it be? Is that... Barbra?
Yes yes yes, it's DEFINITELY Barbra!
And... she wants us to join in!
All together now:

People,..... people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
We're children..... needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children

Lovers are very special people
They're the luckiest people in the world
With one person,..... one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you WERE half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people

People, .....people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world. 
With one person, one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you WERE half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people
People,...... people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world. 

Of course, on the other hand....Sartre claims that Hell is other people.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

November 1, 2011

The USA is going to have a hard time keeping its ethos of fairness and helping others as the population grows. As the world population grows, a fair share for others will inevitably mean less for us. Not necessarily a bad thing... but are we prepared to accept this fate with a smile?

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