Mak­ing sense of the num­ber

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TO­DAY, the world’s seven bil­lionth baby was born. If we con­tinue to grow at this cur­rent pace, the planet is ex­pected to host 10 bil­lion peo­ple by 2100. How do you wrap your head around numbers like these?

These cal­cu­la­tions by National Ge­o­graphic might help:

If you took seven bil­lion steps, you could walk around the globe 133 times.

> It would take you more than 200 years to count to seven bil­lion out loud.

> Yet, stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der, all seven bil­lion of us could fit in an area the size of Los An­ge­les, which is about 1,300sq km (or, for Malaysians, in an area slightly smaller than Malacca, slightly more than 1,600sq km!).

You can view National Ge­o­graphic’s video on these and other pop­u­la­tion stats at youtube. com/ watch?v= sc4 hx­pxnrz0. – The Colum­bus Dis­patch/ MCT In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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