I have been playing with an interesting calculator on the BBC News website. You can see the rise in the world’s population and find out where your birth came on the graph by entering your birthdate. They don’t store any of your information, they just use it to calculate the numbers for the display for you. Here’s mine:
Of course this is only an estimate based on the date; it cannot be exact. When I went through the same exercise for my husband, who was born nearly four months before me, the difference in our numbers was over 18 million. 18 million people were born in four months around the world!
You can then enter your country to find out about your country’s population. Make sure you watch the world population counter rising steadily before you enter your country; it’s astounding!
It is almost beyond comprehension to imagine 15,000 babies born every hour around the world. I wonder when the counter will get to 7,000,000,000?
Here is Australia the numbers are not quite so staggering, but they are still surprising:
You can then watch the population counter of your country tick over. Even in Australia, with 33 births per hour, you will see some action there.
I clicked to find out why Qatar has such a rapidly-growing population. This is what I was told:
In developing nations, where improvements in health care and sanitation are seeing death rates fall, birth rates still remain relatively high. This is leading to rapidly rising populations. In fact, 97 out of every 100 new people on the planet are currently born in developing countries. Qatar – which has a large immigrant workforce – has seen its population rise rapidly in recent years.
Moldova is shrinking because of emigration.
Then you can find out your life expectancy based on the country you entered previously:
Finally you are shown a summary of what you have just seen:
It is staggering to think of how quickly the population is rising and how much higher our life expectancy is than it was for our ancestors. How many of your ancestors lived past this age? My two Australian grandparents both lived past ninety so my odds are good!
The website is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515. What number were you in the world’s population?