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As we sailed into the new millennium humans crossed a threshold never before witnessed in our species We flew past the 6 billion mark in number This is an impressive figure but not one that we can easily appreciate unless we are Bill Gates or ExxonMobil Lets try to understand how incredibly large this number is Consider that this article has 9000 letters Thus it would take more than 650000 copies of it to produce enough letters to represent all humans Or put in other terms consider that if all the humans were to hold hands side by side our species would circumscribe the equator nearly 14 times And perhaps most horrifying if we all were to move to Texas the 2nd largest state in our nation each one of us would only have a theoretical room 35 ft by 35 ft to ourselves-assuming no room for other forms of life or human necessities such as airports lawns and shopping malls So now that you have an idea of how big a number 6000000000 is are you even more convinced that human population has become too large The evidence at first glance appears overwhelming The worlds population has grown from 1 billion in the early 1800s to over 6 billion today Two nations in the world namely China and India themselves each have more than 1 billion people now According to United Nations statistics around 2 billion people 1 in 3 suffer from malnutrition and dietary deficiencies and more than 800 million 1 in 7 are chronically malnourished Add to this that resources are becoming depleted and ecosystems and their animal and plant residents are being decimated Worse yet if world populations continue to grow at the rates observed in 2000 the worlds population will surpass 24 billion people by 2100 a very unlikely event given recent reductions in world growth rates current projections put us at about 12
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