WORLD POPULATION : 9,551,000,000
The world hasn’t had so many refugees or internally displaced people since 1945, and numbers are expected to increase, according to an Australian research center.
There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat.
Columbia Water Center
A large cistern in the ancient city of Resafa, Syria, was filled by channeling periodic floods from a wadi west of the city. The use of complex systems for directing and harvesting water dates back thousands of years.
By 2050, nearly two-thirds of humanity — more than 4 billion people — will live in cities. How should the world’s urban centers brace for impact — and ensure quality of life for the people who call them home?
The answer? We need to make our cities smarter.
Damian Carrington,John Vidal,Fiona Harvey,Suzanne Goldenberg
The world is facing a fertiliser crisis, with far too little in some places, and far too much in others, a new report from the United Nations says today.
The millennium development goals (MDGs) have driven "the most successful anti-poverty movement in history" and brought more than a billion people out of extreme penury, but their achievements have been mixed and the world remains deeply riven by inequality, the UN's final report on the goals