Seven billion and counting.
That's the stark figure on global population that's concentrating minds at the Royal Society, and has led to the publication of its latest report "People and the Planet".
According to the UN that figure is set to rise to 10 billion before the end of the century, while dramatic shifts in the distribution, age composition and mobility of all those extra people will twist the kaleidoscope of the global population challenge.
As the global media speculate on the number of people likely to inhabit the planet on October 31 an international team of population and development experts argue that it is not simply the number of people that matters but more so t... Read Post
Seven billion people now live on earth, only a dozen years after global population hit six billion. But the seven billion milestone is not about sheer numbers: Demographic trends will significantly impact the planet’s resources and ... Read Post
During the 352-year life span of the Royal Society, the human population has risen from less than one billion people to seven billion and counting. That boom has been supported by science and technology—Watt’s coal-fired steam engin... Read Post