How significant is this moment? Let me offer you some incredible statistics:
The World is 4.55 billion years of age.
In the year 10,000 B.C., there have been only 5 million people on the planet. By 8,000 B.C., this figure had risen to only 8 million.
Around the year 1900 there have been 1.6 Billion people on the earth. There is a total population of the world at just under 6.8 BILLION. In just over A century the population has QUADRUPLED. (Strangely enough, the present global population of chickens is all about equal to the present number of individuals on the planet.)
TODAY ALONE, the population of the world increases by over 200,000 people. Today, China will increase in population by over 24,000 people, and India by over 49,000 people. Russia is one of the few countries with a population that is actually DECREASING on a daily basis, by almost 2,000 people every single day.
Before the year 2050, India will surpass China because the largest country in the world, estimated to hit over 1.5 BILLION people. The populace of India has almost TRIPLED from 1950 to 2000 (It’s expected to increase by 50% in the next 40 years.)
Source: The World Factbook, 2008
Interesting Facts around the globe in the last ONE MINUTE of your life! I call this section – “During your first minute of reading this:”
During the first minute of your energy looking over this, an estimated 255 babies were born.
During exactly the same minute, approximately 107 people died (almost 6% of those who died in that minute, died of a fully preventable ailment – hunger). This is an overage of 147 people, increasing the global population by around 80 MILLION each year.
In just One minute: 141 MILLION emails were sent, and 775,000 searches were completed on Google.com.
Google has 200M searches per day
There were 360 million internet users in 2000. This season, there are almost SEVEN BILLION
In just 1 minute: 43,000 TONS of Carbon dioxide (CO2) were emitted into the world, 56,674 barrels of oil were pumped from the earth (1 barrel equals 42 gallons)
The 23 million residents of the usa state of Texas emit more co2 than the entire population of sub-Saharan Africa, that is 720 million people.
Additional sources: Committee to safeguard Journalists, The Inter-parliamentary Union, UNICEF
In just 1 minute: Over Ten million cigarettes were smoked
Every day, an average joe inhales about 20,000 liters of air.
Smoking deaths – Around 5.4 million deaths a year worldwide (1,205 daily US only)
In just 1 minute: $220M was spent on illegal drugs.
In just 1 minute: 10 people died due to water pollution (Water quality accounts for the death of 14,000 daily)
In just One minute: 34 everyone was identified as having cancer
Over 12 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and 7.6 million cancer deaths (about 20,000 cancer deaths a day) occurred worldwide in 2007
In just One minute: 2 people died inside a road accident
An estimated 1.17 million deaths occur every year worldwide due to road accidents
OUR WORLD and POPULATION STATISTICS
New York City is way in the largest city in the world, actually in 16th place at just under 8.5 million people, but after Shenzhen: China, Tokyo: Japan, Jakarta: Indonesia, Seoul: Columbia, and Instanbul: Turkey.
In 2006, 2.6 billion people, or 40% from the world’s population, lived on under $2 a day, with 1 billion of them surviving on the margins of subsistence with less than $1 a day.
The largest passenger airport IN THE WORLD is actually Atlanta, at over 89 million passengers in 2007 and also over 90 million in 2008. The second largest passenger airport in the world is Chicago O’Hare at over 76 million passengers in 2007 but only 69 million in 2008. In fact, the United States oversees four from the seven largest airports in the world, and 16 from the 30 largest airports on the planet. (source: Airport Council International)
The port of Singapore received almost 28 million containers in 2007, making it the largest container port on the planet. Shanghai, China was in second place at 26 million. The Los Angeles and Long Beach, California container ports COMBINED equaled approximately 15 million containers in 2007.
A quite interesting resource detailing the activities of our world in this moment –
Enough of the heavy stuff – for several FUN FACTS:
In Los Angeles, you will find fewer people than you will find automobiles.
Most lipstick contains fish scales.
Yes, the current moment is very special…in just about a minute the entire world will change right in front of the eyes. Take the time to breathe and ensure your alternatives offer the world by which we live and our greater communities.