Have you ever wondered just how many people inhabit our planet Earth?
At present there are 6 billion of us populating the globe but by the end of October this year the figure will have reached 7 billion.
That works out to be a boom of 1 billion people in the space of ten-years.
According to the United Nations (UN) there are five babies being born every second adding 78 million of us mere mortals to the Earth’s global community each year.
The UN predict that by the year 2025 the earth’s population will have reached 8 billion.
Oh how we have grown compared to the 1800s when the world population was 1 billion, and in the 1960s when it was 3 billion.
But the latest figures are giving reasons for grave concerns and the dramatic rise is being blamed on the world’s poorest nations which are expected to double their numbers over the next decade:
“It’s not hard to be alramed with the population still growing by about 80 million each year.
“Right now on earth, water tables are falling gfast, soil is eroding, glaciers are melting and fish stocks are vanishing.
“Close to a billion people go hungry each day”, said author of ’7 billion’ Robert Kunzig.
Statistics show that there are 1.8billion people aged between 10-24 and experts have said that an average couple need to have 2.1 children to keep the population at a steady growth but in Western Europe the number had fell to 1.4 in the late 1990s.