Earth: population 7 billion and counting

The world population passed the seven billion mark on Monday (according to the UN), highlighting the population issues faced by global society.

The tipping point (October 31), based on census data and surveys, was largely symbolic but was used by the United Nations to draw attention to their report: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.

You can read more about the report and expert commentary for the NZ and UK SMCs here.

On the estimated date of the population crossing over to the next billion, journalists hit the maternity wards and more than one new born baby was touted as the potential ‘7 billionth person on earth’. Examples of media coverage include:

3 News: World’s ‘seven billionth’ baby celebrated

Northern Advocate: 7 billionth person on the planet has North links?

Investigate Magazine:  Seven billionth baby to be born

New Zealand Herald: World’s population reaches seven billion – or does it?

The Gisborne Herald: Fertility way down for much of globe but population is marching on

Ashburton Guardian: Editorial comment

TVNZ News: NZ needs to change habits in world of seven billion

Otago Daily Times: Living with 7 billion people

New Zealand Herald: Kora Jade – Earth’s number seven billion? (and Fairfax papers): Baby born into world of 7 billion people