The United Nations has announced that the world’s population has now hit 8 billion human beings.
The data shows that half of the population lives in just 7 countries: China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Brazil.
The same information also shows that India’s population has passed China’s.
The data shows that it took 12 years for the global population to climb from 7 billion to 8 billion.
While the world is expected to grow even more to over 10 billion during the next 60 years, population growth is slowing down. Eventually, it will start falling and our societies will shrink.
Homo sapiens have roamed the Earth for roughly 300,000 years.
There were perhaps 230 million of us on Earth at around the time of Cleopatra’s death, as the ancient Egyptian civilisation came to an end.
The population had more than doubled by the Renaissance in 1500 and doubled again by 1805.
The 2 billion mark was reached just before the Great Depression in 1925, and it took just 35 years from there to get to the third billion.
Since then, the population has been rising by another billion every 10 to 15 years.