Key Highlights from Joel Cohen’s “Seven Billion”
- By Halloween, “the United Nations estimates, the world’s population will reach seven billion.”
- "Some 850 million to 925 million people experience food insecurity or chronic undernourishment. In much of Africa and South Asia, more than half the children are stunted (of low height for their age) as a result of chronic hunger."
- "Already, more than a billion people live without an adequate, renewable supply of fresh water."
- "The United Nations Population Division anticipates 8 billion people by 2025, 9 billion by 2043 and 10 billion by 2083."
(There will be 10 billion people on this planet before I reach age 92.)
- "The urban population of developing countries is expected to grow by a million people every five days through at least 2030, while the rural population falls."
- "Providing modern family planning methods to all people with unmet needs would cost about $6.7 billion a year, slightly less than the $6.9 billion Americans are expected to spend for Halloween this year."
(Source: The New York Times)
Posted on Thursday 27 October 2011.
2 years ago.
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