World’s Population Reaches 7 Billion

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It’s official. Well, almost – while the United Nations demographers report that the world’s population has reached 7 billion today, the U.S. Census Bureau says we’re not quite there. According to their projections it’s going to take about 4 more months. These two predictions might seem far apart, but they actually fall within a 1% margin of error. With the numbers being so large, a 1% margin of error means that the 7 billion mark could be reached anytime 6 months before 31 October 2011, or anytime 6 months after. “No one can know the exact number of people on the globe,” says Gerhard Heilig, who is chief of the population estimates and projections section of the United Nations Population Division.

The only thing more daunting than such a task as counting how many humans are on the Earth is coming up with a way to deal with all the waste they produce. Whether 7 billion happens today, tomorrow, or 6 months from now, one thing is for sure: It is high time to join the initiative to reduce waste. What are you doing to keep junk out of the dump? Need ideas? We’ve got tons for you, just check out the rest of our blogs! Got ideas? Tell us about them!

(image: Cool Infographics)

Written by jmalsky

November 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

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