Population in Perspective

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A rather attention-grabbing map was published by The Washington Post last year but only came to our attention now through Amari.

On this map you can see that more than half the world’s people live within the shown circle which was superimposed over a section of Asia.

Population Map

As Caitlin Dewey reported, “amazingly, the numbers check out. The world population [at the time], according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is roughly 7,083,460,000. The countries in the circle have the following populations  …

China 1,349,585,838
India 1,220,800,359
Indonesia 251,160,124
Bangladesh 163,654,860
Japan 127,253,075
Philippines 105,720,644
Vietnam 92,477,857
Thailand 67,448,120
Myanmar 55,167,330
South Korea 48,955,203
Nepal 30,430,267
Malaysia 29,628,392
North Korea 24,720,407
Taiwan 23,299,716
Sri Lanka 21,675,648
Cambodia 15,205,539
Laos 6,695,166
Mongolia 3,226,516
Bhutan 725,296

… which adds up to a grand total of 3,637,830,357, or roughly 51.4 percent of the global population. (The circle also appears to include parts of Russia and Pakistan, which are not included, and may have cut off a bit of northwest China.)

Asia’s population dominance is not a new thing: According to this neat NPR video on population below, ‘most people lived in China, India and the rest of Asia’ around the year 1000, too. But since population growth has gotten so fast, Asia is now expanding on an entirely different scale. By 2050, the U.N. predicted last year, 3.3 billion people will live just in Asia’s cities.”

Predictions by the U.N. imply that more than 10 billion people could be living on our planet by 2100 before maybe down-spiralling. As many scientists and researchers have asserted that we won’t have enough food and water to sustain so many humans, it is of utmost and imminent importance that measures for population growth are being implemented in earnest despite the opposition of certain established religions and archaic beliefs.


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