The seven billionth person in the world is projected to be born on Monday, and I thought that this event called for a “The Best…” list.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion:
A global push to 7 billion people is a Washington Post interactive.
The World at 7 Billion is a special TIME Magazine report.
The World Of Seven Billion is from National Geographic.
7 billion: World’s population reaches new milestone is an Associated Press interactive.
Population Seven Billion is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Population to Hit 7 Bllion on Halloween is from Breaking News English.
How big was the world’s population when you were born? is an interactive from The Guardian.
Fear of a 7 Billion Population Planet is from The Atlantic.
The upsides of overpopulation is from The Washington Post.
The buzz behind 7 billion people: A milestone and a warning is from CNN.
Country Population: Past, Present, Future is another interactive from The Guardian.
How the world population got to 7 billion – interactive is yet another interactive from The Guardian, and I think it’s particularly interesting.
World Population: 7 Billion is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
The world at seven billion is a fascinating interactive from the BBC, which includes the option of figuring out which “number” you were in that 7 billion.
The making of 7 billion is a Washington Post slideshow.
Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion is from NPR.
Well, Hello There, Seven Billion is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
The World’s Top 50, Over Time is an interactive chart from the Journal projecting how different countries population is projected to change over the next fifty years.
Crowded Planet is a special feature from The Guardian.
Picturing 7 Billion is from The New York Times.
Making Sense of 7 Billion People is from Wired.
Bringing Up the Issue of Population Growth is from The New York Times.
World Population Hits 7 Billion is an interactive from USA Today.
We are 7 billion is a video from The Economist.
Who Is The World’s Seve Billionth Person? is a TIME slideshow.
Feeding 7 billion and our fragile environment is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Explore your world is an amazing interactive. Here’s how it describes itself:
We live in a world of 7 billion people, living in seven continents and more than 200 countries. Though family size (fertility) continues to decline in most places, our numbers are projected to rise for years to come. This dashboard allows you to take a closer look at the world population in 2011 and beyond: Check out populations by region or country. Look at the proportion of young and old. See what various paths the future population growth may take.
Population Control, Marauder Style is a really interesting infographic from The New York Times.
World population still growing, but slowing is an historical interactive from the CBC.
Hans Rosling on global population growth is a TED Talk.
Pictured: A World at 7 Billion is an amazing New York Times project.
Do the dead outnumber the living? is from The BBC.
I’ve previously shared videos of Hans Rosling, data magician.
He has a new TED Talk out, and it’s called Religions and Babies. I’m embedding it below:
Beyond 7 billion is a pretty impressive interactive from The Los Angeles Times.
Young Vs Old: Which Countries Have The Youngest Populations? is an interactive from Radio Free Europe.
World Population History has a very impressive interactive that traces the world’s population over the past two-thousand years. It not only highlights where population decreases or increases occurred, but also provides explanations behind the changes.
They also have created a less interesting, though still useful, video summary of that same history:
I learned about these resources from Vox, which also provides more detailed descriptions of them.
Feedback and additional suggestions are welcome.
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