World Population Reaches 7 Billion
The human world population is estimated to have reached a new record total of 7 billion. For many people this is bad news and indicates a growing threat to the natural environment and resources. However, despite increasing by another billion since 1998, it is not all bad news. It took 13 years to add another billion, whereas the previous billion took just 11 years. It indicates that at last the rate of increase is slowing and the projection suggests that the next billion will take 14 years to add.
Reuters have a very good graphic which can be found here and which I have reproduced below: