population growth

U.S Population Growth Rate in Decline – currently 0.7% annual growth

According to the US Census Bureau there is one birth every 8 seconds, one death every 12 seconds, one international migrant (net) every 33 seconds, and a net gain of one person every 12 seconds in the United States.

Despite these statistics, the population growth rate in the U.S. has been on the decline for years. It hovered around 1.2% in the 1990’s, 1% in the early 2000’s and has been just over 0.7% since 2010. This slowing trend is expected to continue.

Focus on Solutions: Empowering students to take on global challenges

The World of 7 Billion student video contest encourages students to think critically about the challenges facing the planet today and to take that understanding to the next level through problem solving. One component of the video is to offer a sustainable solution to their chosen global challenge. Students take their newfound knowledge and apply STEM principles to design a sustainable solution to the global challenge and in doing so, begin to think like engineers, scientists, and future policy-makers.

How does Population Growth Impact Ocean Health?

Throughout human existence we have relied on oceans for many things: food, recreation, medicine, economic opportunities, among many others. They play a significant role as both the world’s largest habitat and its climate regulator. However, the world’s oceans have suffered a lot at the hands of humans and population growth has increasingly compounded the problem by pushing oceans to their limits and altering ecosystems beyond their natural state.

How does Population Growth impact Climate Change?

In just 50 years, the world’s population has more than doubled to over 7.4 billion people. That’s more than 7.4 billion bodies that need to be fed, clothed, and kept warm, all requiring a large amount of energy. Alongside this consumption, these 7.4 billion people are also producing vast quantities of waste. Consequently, the demand for energy and the production of waste are significant producers of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Africa’s Population Boom—What Does it Mean for Its Future?

If we flash forward to 2050, what countries do you think would have the largest populations in the world? India and China would still be at the top of the list, with Nigeria coming in at number three. The rate of growth in Nigeria, currently the 7th most populous country worldwide, is an example of how Africa will be at the forefront of global population growth.

Creating the World Population DVD: Behind the Scenes

PopEd’s World Population DVD recently got even better. First produced over 40 years ago, the video is still as eye-popping as it is educational, offering a visual animation of human population growth from 1 CE through 2050. But the new 2015 World Population boasts more accurate dot placement and can be interactively explored using the new accompanying website, www.worldpopulationhistory.org. Let’s take a peek behind the scenes at what went into updating this award-winning teaching resource…

Celebrate World Population Day

July 11 is World Population Day! The idea behind its creation was the eve of our global human population surpassing 5 billion in the late 1980s. Any guesses how many people have been added to the planet since its inception? Answer: more than 2 billion. Since 1989, the United Nations has celebrated this as the day to bring awareness to challenges that impact our entire population.

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