FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS
Population growth is the increase in the number of people in a population or dispersed group. Global human population growth amounts to around 83 million annually, or 1.1% per year. The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.9 billion in 2020. The UN projected population to keep growing, and estimates have put the total population at 8.6 billion by mid-2030, 9.8 billion by mid-2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. However, some academics outside the UN have increasingly developed human population models that account for additional downward pressures on population growth; in such a scenario population would peak before 2100.
World human population has been growing since the end of the Black Death, around the year 1350. A mix of technological advancement that improved agricultural productivity and sanitation and medical advancement that reduced mortality increased population growth. In some geographies, this has slowed through the process called the demographic transition, where many nations with high standards of living have seen a significant slowing of population growth. This is in direct contrast with less developed contexts, where population growth is still happening. Globally, the rate of population growth has declined from a peak of 2.2% per year in 1963. The global human population is projected to peak during the mid-21st century and decline by 2100.
Population growth alongside increased consumption is a driver of environmental concerns, such as biodiversity loss and climate change, due to resources utilised in human development. International policy focused on mitigating the impact of human population growth is concentrated in the Sustainable Development Goals which seek to improve the standard of living globally while reducing the impact of society on the environment.
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Question of the Day
I’ve been using my dehumidifier a lot this summer. How should I clean it?
To prevent fungus from growing in your machine, clean any pans, drains, and filters occasionally with a mixture of 1/2 cup bleach and 1 quart water. If you see mineral deposits, a common problem, scrub them with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Rinse all the dehumidifier’s parts well before restarting it.
Advice of the Day
Empty wagons make the most noise.
Home Hint of the Day
Drawers, sliding doors, and double-hung windows are notorious for getting stuck. To lubricate them, you can rub their tracks with a bar of soap or a candle stub or spray them with a product such as WD-40.
Word of the Day
From the Latin word novem, “nine,” because this had been the ninth month of the early Roman calendar.
Puzzle of the Day
My first is a color; my second is an agreeable exercise; my third is an article of clothing; my whole is a celebrated character.(What is the phrase? Here are clues to each word!)
Red Riding Hood
- Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland – 1274
- John Quincy Adams (6th U.S. president) – 1767
- John Wanamaker (merchant) – 1838
- George William Norris (politician) – 1861
- E.B. White (author) – 1899
- Brett Somers (comedienne & actress) – 1924
- Tab Hunter (actor) – 1931
- Giorgio Armani (fashion designer) – 1934
- Leon Spinks (boxer) – 1953
- Sela Ward (actress) – 1956
- Lisa Rinna (actress) – 1963
- Michael Rosenbaum (actor) – 1972
- George Gershwin (composer) – 1937
- Sir Laurence Olivier (actor) – 1989
- Lady Bird Johnson (U.S. First Lady) – 2007
- The U.S. Marine Corps was reestablished– 1798
- U.S. Marine Band established– 1798
- U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel– 1804
- The Waterloo railway station in London opened– 1848
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens was published– 1859
- Confederate General Jubal Early’s army reached Frederick, Maryland– 1864
- Wilfrid Laurier became prime minister of Canada– 1896
- Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox– 1914
- Fred Baldasare used scuba gear to become the first person to swim the English Channel underwater– 1962
- Last slide rule manufactured in the United States.– 1976
- U.S. space station Skylab, in orbit since 1973, returned to Earth and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean– 1979
- Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 4,000 batters– 1985
- According to the United Nations, the world population crossed the 5,000,000,000 mark– 1987
- 35-pound chum salmon caught in Edye Pass, British Columbia– 1995
- Strong winds and a thunderstorm collapsed a circus tent injuring 44 people, Howard, Wisconsin– 1987
- Colorado was battered by baseball-size hail causing more than $600 million in damage from Estes Park to Colorado Springs– 1990