Number of births
In the world, this year
That is exactly what we’ve been doing for the past century.
It is difficult to come to the exact number of births every day since not all births are registered or recorded.
The UNICEF estimates that an average of 353,000 babies are born each day around the world. The crude birth rate is 18.9 births per 1,000 population or 255 births globally per minute or 4.3 births every second (as of Dec. 2013 estimate)
Our current world population is approximately 7.2 billion and growing. It passed the 7 billion mark in 2011. It is expected to reach between 8 to 10 billion by 2050.
Advances in medicine and the industrial revolution were the catalysts to the population boom. There are fewer deaths now and babies have bigger chances of living their full lives and having children of their own. We have access to clean water and this lowered the incidence of life threating diseases like Malaria.
While it’s good to know that life goes on, it is a fact that we have developed a way of living that has become unsustainable. We are extracting our planet’s resources to the point where it cannot reproduce fast enough to catch up. The demands of our growing population has done much damage to our environment.
More: Interesting Environmental Facts
We call it progress, but somehow, our civilization does not have the maturity yet to do what’s right for this planet that we call home. But we are beginning to be more aware and take positive actions. We are taking baby steps towards the right direction.
The following are some of the factors that determines a particular region’s birth rate:
Read more stories on the current global issues related to our environment. Go to The World Counts: Stories