In the short time since I woke up this morning, the world’s become a few thousand people more crowded. No one is tracking each individual birth or death, of course, but census measurements from around the world have brought us a fairly good means of estimating how many human beings there are, and the minute by minute change of that estimate is shown at the U.S. Census Bureau’s population clock. Right now, that clock shows the world’s population at:
Before today, I’d been saying that the world’s population is six billion people, rounding it off to a nice easy number. Now I can see that if I were to round it off, I’d be more accurate to say that there are seven billion of us. It won’t be long until even that’s an understatement.
The world’s population increased by 800 just in the time it took me to write this short article.