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WORLD POPULATION

Current World Population

World Population:

  • has achieved 7 billion on October 31, 2011.
  • is projected to achieve 8 billion in 2023, 9 billion in 2037, and 10 billion people in the year 2055.
  • has doubled in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion).
  • is currently (2020) growing at a rate of around 1.05 % p.a, adding 81 million people per year to the whole.
  • The growth rate reached its peak within the late 1960s when it was at 2.09%.
  • The growth rate is declining and is projected to decrease in the coming years (reaching below 0.50% by 2050 and 0.03% in 2100).
  • A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history up to the year 1800 for the world population to succeed in 1 billion, the second billion was reached in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in 30 years (1960), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), the fifth billion in 13 years (1987), the sixth billion in 12 years (1999) and the seventh billion in 12 years (2011). During the 20th century alone, the world's population has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.

Sources for the world population counter:

  • World Population Prospect: the 2019 Revision - United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (June 2019)

For more detailed information:

Births this year

"this year" = from January 1 (00:00) up to now

Births today

"today" = from the beginning of the current day up to now

Deaths this year
Deaths today
Net population growth this year

"net population growth" = births minus deaths

Net population growth today

Government & Economics

$ Public Healthcare expenditure Today

Quick facts:

  • Total global healthcare expenditure represents around 9% of world GDP
  • The government portion of healthcare spending is about 60%

Sources and info:

  • World Health Statistics - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Economic Outlook (WEO) - International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • World Development Indicators (WDI) - World Bank
$ Public Education expenditure Today

Quick facts:

  • Public spending on education in the world is about 5% of global GDP

Sources and info:

  • Human Development Report - United Nations
  • Global Education Digest - Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
  • World Bank Public Expenditure Database - edstats - World Bank
$ Public Military expenditure Today

Sources and info:

  • SIPRI military expenditure data - SIPRI
Cars produced this year

Sources and info:

  • Car Production Statistics - International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  • Global Auto Report [Pdf file] - ScotiaBank
  • Light Vehicle Production Forecasts - IHS
Bicycles produced this year

Quick facts:

  • As recently as 1965, bicycle and car production volumes were essentially the same, at nearly 20 million each p.a, but as of 2003, bike production had moved up to over 100 million per year compared with around 50 million cars produced that year.

Sources and info:

  • Elaboration of Worldwatch Institute data
  • Bicycle Retailer and Industry News - Statistics
Computers produced this year

Sources and info:

  • Worldwide PC Shipments - Gartner
  • Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker - IDC

Society & Media

New book titles published this year

Sources and info:

  • Bowker Book Industry Statistics
  • World Economic Outlook (WEO) - International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)- (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Newspapers circulated Today

Sources and info:

  • World Press Trends - World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
TV sets sold worldwide Today

Sources and info:

  • World Press Trends - World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
Cellular phones sold Today

Sources and info:

  • Gartner
  • IDC Telecom and Networks
$ Money spent on videogames Today

Sources and info:

  • Gartner
  • DFC Intelligence
  • NDP Group - Entertainment Market Research
Internet users in the world today

Sources and info:

  • World Development Indicators (WDI) - World Bank
  • Measuring the Information Society - International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • comScore
  • GfK group
Emails sent Today

Sources and info:

  • The Radicati Group
Blog posts written Today

Sources and info:

  • Technorati on State of the Blogosphere reports and elaboration of other data
  • WordPress Stats - Automattic Inc.
Tweets sent Today

Sources and info:

  • Internet Live Stats (InternetLiveStats.com)
Google searches Today

Sources and info:

  • comScore
  • Google Inc.

Environment

Forest loss this year (hectares)

Quick Facts:

  • The number shown up above is net of reforestation

Sources and info:

  • Global Forest Resources Assessment (2010) - FAO
Land lost to soil erosion this year (ha)

Sources and info:

  • Dimensions of need: Restoring the land - FAO
CO2 emissions this year (tons)

Quick Facts:

  • CO2 Emissions shown are from Fossil Fuel Combustion

Sources and info:

  • International Energy Agency (IEA) Statistics - CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion
  • Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR)
  • Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) - United States Department of Energy
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Desertification this year (hectares)

Sources and info:

  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Toxic chemicals released in the environment this year (tons)

Sources and info:

  • Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Food

Undernourished people in the world

Sources and info:

  • The State of Food Insecurity in the World - FAO
Overweight people in the world

Sources and info:

  • Obesity and overweight - World Health Organization (WHO)
Obese people in the world

Sources and info:

  • Obesity and overweight - World Health Organization (WHO)
People who died of hunger Today

Sources and info:

  • Hunger Stats - United Nations World Food Programme
  • World Health Report - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The State of the World's Children - United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
$ Money spent for obesity related diseases in the USA Today

Sources and info:

  • Featured Page
$ Money spent on weight loss programs in the USA Today

Sources and info:

  • Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific Estimates
    by:
    RTI InternationalAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality - US Dept of Health and Human Services
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • America's Health Rankings (report by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention)
  • The U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market - MarketData Enterprises, Inc., May 1, 2011
  • America's Health Rankings (report by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention)

Water

Water used this year (million L)

Quick Facts:

  • Withdrawals for irrigation are close to 70% of the total withdrawn for human uses, those for industry 20%, and those for municipal use about 10%

Sources and info:

  • Global Water Outlook to 2025 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • World Water Council
Deaths caused by water related diseases this year

Sources and info:

  • Drinking Water - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Water - World Health Organization (WHO)
People with no access to a safe drinking water source

Sources and info:

  • Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Water - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Water-related diseases: information sheets - World Health Organization (WHO)

Energy

Energy used today (MWh), of which:

Sources and info:

  • BP Statistical Review of World Energy - British Petroleum
  • World Energy Consumption - Wikipedia
- from non-renewable sources (MWh)

Sources and info:

  • International Energy Agency (IEA) Statistics
- from renewable sources (MWh)

Sources and info:

  • Renewables Global Status Report - REN21
Solar energy striking Earth Today

Sources and info:

  • Energy: A beginner's guide - Vaclav Smil
  • Solar Energy - Wikipedia
Oil pumped today (barrels)

Quick Facts:

  • Barrel = 42 Gallons = 159 Liters

Sources and info:

  • World Proved Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas, Most Recent Estimates - Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Data from BP Statistical Review, Oil & Gas Journal, World Oil, BP Statistical Review, CEDIGAZ, and Oil & Gas Journal.
Oil left (barrels)

Sources and info:

  • World Proved Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas, Most Recent Estimates - Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Data from BP Statistical Review, Oil & Gas Journal, World Oil, BP Statistical Review, CEDIGAZ, and Oil & Gas Journal.
15,443 Days to the end of oil (~43years)

Countdown to the end of Oil:

Assumption:

  • If consumed at current rates

Sources and info:

  • World Proved Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas, Most Recent Estimates - Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Data from BP Statistical Review, Oil & Gas Journal, World Oil, BP Statistical Review, CEDIGAZ, and Oil & Gas Journal.
Natural Gas left (boe)

Quick Facts:

  • Boe = barrel of oil equivalent

Sources and info:

  • World Proved Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas, Most Recent Estimates - Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Data from BP Statistical Review, Oil & Gas Journal, World Oil, BP Statistical Review, CEDIGAZ, and Oil & Gas Journal.
57,388 Days to the end of natural gas
Coal left (boe)
148,557 Days to the end of coal

HEALTH

Communicable disease deaths this year

Sources and info:

  • Global Burden of Disease (GBD) - World Health Organization (WHO)
Seasonal flu deaths this year

Quick facts:

  • Every year an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 people die in the world due to complications from seasonal influenza (flu) viruses.
  • This figure equates to 795 to 1,781 deaths per day due to the seasonal flu.

Sources and info:

  • Seasonal flu death estimate increases worldwide - CDC
  • Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year - World Health Organization (WHO)
Deaths of children under 5 this year

Sources and info:

  • Young child survival and development - UNICEF
  • Child Mortality - Childinfo (UNICEF)
Abortions this year

Sources and info:

  • Sexual and reproductive health - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Shah, I.; Ahman, E. (December 2009). "Unsafe abortion: global and regional incidence, trends, consequences, and challenges" (Pdf). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 31 (12): 1149–58. PMID 20085681
Deaths of mothers during birth this year

Sources and info:

  • Why do so many women still die in pregnancy or childbirth? - World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980—2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5
HIV/AIDS infected people

Sources and info:

  • HIV/AIDS Statistics - World Health Organization
  • Global HIV and AIDS estimates - AVERT
Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS this year

Sources and info:

  • UNAIDS
Deaths caused by cancer this year

Sources and info:

  • Cancer - World Health Organization (WHO)
Deaths caused by malaria this year

Sources and info:

  • Malaria - World Health Organization (WHO)
Cigarettes smoked Today

Sources and info:

  • Cigarette Consumption - Tobacco Atlas [Pdf] - World Health Organization (WHO)
Deaths caused by smoking this year

Sources and info:

  • Tobacco Control, Global Health Observatory (GHO) - World Health Organization (WHO)
Deaths caused by alcohol this year

Sources and info:

  • Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) - World Health Organization (WHO)
Suicides this year

Sources and info:

  • Suicide prevention (SUPRE) - World Health Organization (WHO)
$ Money spent on illegal drugs this year

Sources and info:

  • The illegal drugs global business - Frontline, PBS special report
Road traffic accident fatalities this year

Sources and info:

  • Global launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 - World Health Organization (WHO)