World’s Seven-Billionth Baby is Born

Population

The world population reached 7 billion today, the Guardian reports:

DanicaWeighing 2.5kg (5.5lb), Danica May Camacho was chosen by the United Nations to be one of several children around the world who will symbolically represent the global population milestone. She was delivered just before midnight on Sunday amid an explosion of press camera flashes at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.

"She looks so lovely," her mother, Camille Dalura, whispered softly as she cradled her tiny newborn…

…The Philippines has 94.9 million people, according to a UN report, and 10% of girls aged 15 to 19 have been pregnant. Enrique Ona, the country's health secretary, said the birth offered his country an opportunity to address population-related problems.

Find out where your birth fits in with this handy interactive chart from the BBC.

Comments

  1. voet says

    I heard a news report about how this was being celebrated around the world. It amazes me that more people are not alarmed. So many problem’s–global warming, pollution, exhaustion of resources–are exacerbated by the growing number of human beings. Doesn’t it occur to people that reducing human population would help alleviate these concerns?

  2. justme says

    Nobody who’s not a teenager would consider me to be old, but the world’s population has more than doubled since I was born. More than doubled! Where once there was one person, now there are two — in every third place or so, more than two — everywhere!

    And the planet is projected to hit 10 billion by 2050. Chances are excellent I won’t be here then and why would I want to be? Why would anyone?

  3. says

    Hey breeders! Keep it in your pants for a while. The earth has only finite resources, and if you keep reproducing at the current rate, it’s just a matter of time before nature fights back and there is a world pandemic that will make all other pandemics look like childs play. And modern technology won’t be able to save you/us.

    And yet the wingnuts are hell bent on getting rid of legal abortions and gay people.

    Ironic isn’t it?

  4. Rick says

    The “breeders” are all in the Third World–you know, the ones all you kneejerk leftists are always defending the actions of, feeding, clothing, and otherwise making excuses for. The population of Europe is shrinking–thanks to feminism–and the white population of North America is barely remaining stable, for the same reason.

    A perfect storm for the destruction of the world.

    Thank yourselves for it.

  5. says

    Rick, it’s not the fault of Leftists, nor feminists nor “brown people” that your father hates you. You need to get over it – your’e a textbook example of the gay right-wing suck up coward.

    we get it. your dear old dad hated gays and liberals. stop blaming liberals and “other gays” for the fact that your father hated having to call you Son.

    all your liberal-hating, feminist-hating brown-people-hating knee-jerk fear of Gay Stereotypes apologetics wont’ change the fact that every time a gay youth suicide is reported your father says “Dammmit….why couldn’t it have been Rick?”

    And you know it. We all do. You’ve wasted your life, wimp. Keep it up.

  6. Derrick from Philly says

    “…and the white population of North America is barely remaining stable…”

    Don’t worry, Rick. By the year 2040 US President Garcia or President Menendez or President Rodriguez will make sure we have our minority rights. Won’t that be fun–we’ll both be minorities–you and me…like girlfriends.

  7. Paul R says

    The population of the Philippines was 62 million in 1990. By 2015 it’s projected to be 102 million. So, nearly doubling in 25 years. Super. And that’s just one developing country.

    @Rick: gosh, I feel so stupid for caring about people born into circumstances beyond their control and their lives of menial work and suffering, lacking things like basic education or healthcare, sufficient food, and clean water. Much less a source of condoms or other birth control because most of their governments are corrupt and they want to repress their people while lining their pockets. Call me a kneejerk leftist. I’ll just call you a jerk.

  8. FancyPants says

    Actually overall, the human population rate is slowing dramatically since the 1970s. In over 75 countries, the fertility rate has dropped below 2 (meaning women are having less than two children). It is not just the industrialized white areas of North America and Europe. China and other Eastern Asian nations, Brazil, even some Arab nations are seeing this dramatic slowdown. Yes, third world nations continue to outpace, but as they become more industrialized (and democratic), they will likely see the same shift. And most people who study these phenomenon note that once the fertility factor dips below two for a particular society, it is very difficult to ever get it up again.

    The doom and gloom of the human boom days are really sort of over. The issue you have are in isolated parts of the world where overpopulation surpasses the ability to provide resources (India). It’s isolated. Certainly populations are growing in industrialized nations (like the US), but that is also more a factor of people living longer. Americans are having fewer children than they have on average.

  9. Rick says

    @Derrick I hate to tell you this, Derrick, but a far more likely scenario is a return to what Mississippi was like in 1935. Just what you find in most of Latin America today. A white elite with all the wealth and power ruling over dark-skinned people who live in abject poverty. One already sees the racial polarization in the political system–Obama will be lucky to get even 25% of the white vote in 2012, despite the horrors the Republicans would visit on average working people.

    Don’t be so naive as to think that democracy will survive if it would result in the sort of scenario you are imagining. It won’t and you won’t like the results, I assure you, any more than you would like living in Nigeria or the Congo or Haiti, let alone Guatemala, the horrors of which you have been spared by being born into a developed country with a largely European population base

    Alter that demographic and the result is predictable–which is precisely why this country is in competitive decline and why it has become so polarized.

  10. Rick says

    “Yes, third world nations continue to outpace, but as they become more industrialized (and democratic), they will likely see the same shift”

    Great. When Haiti and Nigeria industrialize and become democratic, by all means write me a letter and tell me about it.

    “The doom and gloom of the human boom days are really sort of over. The issue you have are in isolated parts of the world where overpopulation surpasses the ability to provide resources (India). It’s isolated. Certainly populations are growing in industrialized nations (like the US), but that is also more a factor of people living longer. Americans are having fewer children than they have on average”

    Nice try, but those “isolated parts of the world” are exporting their overpopulation to the United States, just about the only country in the world that is stupid enough to accept them….and that is being ruined as a consequence, to the extent that it will be eclipsed as the world’s most prominent economy very soon. All it takes is a few of these “isolated parts of the world” to destroy any positive developments anywhere else. And that is exactly what is happening.

  11. Derrick from Philly says

    ‘Derrick I hate to tell you this, Derrick, but a far more likely scenario is a return to what Mississippi was like in 1935. Just what you find in most of Latin America today. A white elite with all the wealth and power ruling over dark-skinned people who live in abject poverty.”

    Well, what are you going to do, Rick? Marry into money?

    And how the hell are they going to keep Oprah out of that “white elite with all the wealth and power”? I’ll go work on her plantation.

  12. Paul R says

    Rick, where do you get your facts? Britain, Canada, and Germany have huge numbers of immigrants. Middle Eastern and some African nations import cheap labor from Asia. The world is not monolithic.

    I get so tired of people claiming that the US makes immigration easy. It’s simply ignorant xenophobia.

  13. Rick says

    @Paul R Western Europe has slammed the door shut on immigration; Japan never opened it and China never will, either. They are not foolish enough to do so. The consensus all across Europe is that allowing immigration from outside Europe was a colossal mistake and the discussion now is about how to rectify that mistake, not how to make a “multi-cultural” society work. And for all that, the percentages are still quite small. Despite the hype, no European country has a non-white population exceeding 7%, nothing like the 30% in the United States, which is expected to become 50% in a generation.

    Of course, Europe’s problem is that feminism has destroyed fertility by stressing “empowerment” over motherhood, the result being that the population will shrink and the economy be destroyed without higher birth rates–or higher immigration. Which goes a long way towards explaining Europe’s economic decline that is parallelling that of the US.

  14. redball says

    A lot of these comments are just factually wrong. The UN has estimated for many, many years now–based on excellent evidence–that the rate of increase in world population will slow down until around 2050 when the world population will stop growing.

    This is because fertility rates around the world have been FALLING over time.

    The way to make fertility rates fall even faster is to eradicate global poverty, and ensure that everyone on the planet has access to quality health care, public health systems, & education.

    Why?

    Because that will reduce infant/child mortality rates. Tiny infant & child mortality rates is what causes parents to have FEWER kids. Countries with high fertility are usually that way because parents know that there’s a 5, 10, 20% chance that their child will not survive past the age of 5.

    The news media serious need to get on the ball & report this stuff so that the people are informed. (Oh, but wait, that would mean stingy countries like the US would need to contribute more $ to international aid! Yes, the US is stingy, we give a much smaller percentage of our GDP than pretty much any country in Western Europe.)

  15. FancyPants says

    Thanks Redball. Finally someone who actually speaks with knowledge.

    Rick sounds like a moron. Yes, the United States takes many immigrants from third world countries that experience overpopulation. But the reality is, when those immigrants come to the United States, they tend to have fewer children than they would otherwise. And their children tend to have fewer children. And so on.

    The population boom concerns are unfounded. Facts are facts.

  16. blegh says

    I feel that the people who worry about overpopulation, environmental degradation and resource scarcity are precisely the ones who SHOULD be having children!

  17. Rick says

    @Fancypants I don’t know what your agenda is, but the reality is that the world is already grossly overpopulated to the extent that wildlife habitat is being wiped out all over the planet. Every major predator species is endangered and when those are lost, the whole ecosystems that they have been a part of will collapse.

    Destruction of the rainforests continues apace and global warming is only getting worse as that happens.

    And the expected population peak of 11 billion which was referred to means that another 4 billion people over and above what already exists will inhabit the planet within a few decades.

    This is a recipe for ecological disaster, a disaster that is already well underway.

    The ignorance is all yours, my friend–you are a naive fool if you actually believe that things are “just fine.”

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