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7 Billion People: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

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It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.

As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future:

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast? Watch this video on YouTube

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you’ll see):

Hans Rosling on global population growth Watch this video on YouTube

See more insightful & fun Hans Rosling presentations here.

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