Originally posted on TED Blog:
Today, July 11, is World Population Day. Established by the Governing Council of the United Nation Development Program in 1989, to commemorate the day global population reached five billion two years earlier, World Population Day strives to raise awareness about the issues created by the growing number of people in the world. Twenty-four years later, five billion seems like a distant memory. The global population was estimated at 7,025,071,966 this day last year.
As you think about the meaning of World Population Day, here are five talks on world issues that imagine both problems and solutions on a large scale.
Hans Rosling on global population growth
In the next 50 years, the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people. Using a creative visualization method (you’ll see), Hans Rosling shows how the growing global population breaks down by income level — and comes to a surprising conclusion about…
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