With the worldwide population reaching and exceeding seven billion in 2011, National Geographic magazine offers a year-long series examining specific challenges and solutions to the issues we face. The topics explored include: global population projections, the human impact on our planet, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, food production needs, population demographics, and biodiversity.
Get activities, maps, videos, and interactives to help your students understand what it means to their lives and to the world that there are seven billion people on the planet.
There are now 7 billion people on the planet. Explore National Geographic magazine's Population 7 Billion hub to find out why you shouldn't panic—at least, not yet.
The special year-long series on population from National Geographic magazine is now available in an app for iPad® featuring stunning photography, interactive maps, and more. Download it on the Apple App Store for just $4.99.
Read the NG magazine feature articles for Population 7 Billion—a special series examining specific challenges and solutions to the issues we face as a planet of seven billion.
Investigate some of the numbers that characterize our human population, and take a look at the face of the most "typical" person on the planet.
Life on Earth flourishes in infinite variety. Scientists to date have identified almost 2 million species populating our biosphere. Can you guess how many identified species exist within each of the major categories of life?