World population hits 7 billion on Oct. 31, or thereabouts…Humanity remains on a steep growth curve.
What a population of 7 billion people means for the planet:
It took humanity until the early 19th century to gain its first billion people; then another 1.5 billion followed over the next century and a half. In just the last 60 years the world’s population has gained yet another 4.5 billion. Never before have so many animals of one species anything like our size inhabited the planet…
…And this species interacts with its surroundings far more intensely than any other ever has. Planet Earth has become Planet Humanity, as we co-opt its carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles so completely that no other force can compare. For the first time in life’s 3-billion-plus-year history, one form of life — ours — condemns to extinction significant proportions of the plants and animals that are our only known companions in the universe.
Population Boom! Watch n’learn:
And, the Matrix, with a negative view on the human species that I’m reminded of whenever I fly in a plane over suburbs and more suburbs and new suburbs curling into retreating forests: