Roughly 1 billion people lived on our planet in 1800. And that was a pretty major milestone, considering it took all of human history — at least 50,000 years — to reach that point.

But today, a little more than 200 years later, our population is more than 7.2 billion strong.

So …read more

Source: The Lowdown

7 Billion and Counting: How the World Got So Crowded So Quickly [Videos] 9 January,2015Matthew Green


Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland.

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