Crowded house

Published: Saturday 31 October 1998

-- In the beginning of the 20th century, the Earth was home to some 1.6 billion people. Towards the end of the century, more than six billion people crowd our planet. This year, international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, Population Reference Bureau and the United Nations Population Division calculated that nine times as many children are being born in the developing countries than in developed ones. Therefore, population growth in the next millennium depends wholly on how much the birthrate in the developing nations slows down

Us and them

The projected births for 1998 for the developed and developing countries

Births per Developed countries Developing countries
Year 13,303,342 123,663,806
Month 1,108,612 10,305,317
Week 255,834 2,378,150
Day 36,448 338,805
Hour 1,519 14,117
Minute 25 235
Second 0.4 3.9

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