Making sense of the number
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