Each of the Little Yellow Dots on This Map? 1 Million People

Think the planet can handle all these Homo sapiens?

We’re rapidly approaching a worldwide population of 10 billion people. That’s huge. But to really understand the growth takes a graphic representation. And we have one, thanks to the good folks at Population Education.

Here’s a little taste. Each of the tiny yellow dots represents 1 million humans:

In the middle of this clip, population growth appears relatively slow as people die in massive wars or from the plague and … well, just kinda don’t reproduce as rapidly as they have in the last 100 years. Where it starts to get downright scary is around the 4:20 mark, when the Industrial Revolution and modern medicine kick things into high gear.

At the very end, the video is a visual projection of where things will be in 2050. Wow.


To learn more about the capacity of our planet to support life in such numbers, check out WorldPopulationHistory.Org.

via International Monetary Fund / Flickr and Streetsblog Denver / Flickr

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