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The Day of Seven Billion
Have you heard of “The Day of Seven Billion”? This was the day that the world’s population reached seven billion. Seven billion people! That’s incredible. Seven billion is seven thousand million. Or 7,000,000,000. What an incredible number of humans.
The Day of Seven Billion was October 31st, 2011. Of course, it’s impossible to count every human in the world. But that was the symbolic day that was chosen by the United Nations.
Where do all the people live?
Here are the population totals of each continent:
Africa: 1,020,000,000 (one billion, twenty million)
Asia: 3,880,000,000 (three billion, eight hundred and eighty million)
Australasia: 33,000,000 (thirty-three million)
Europe: 731,000,000 (seven hundred and thirty-one million)
North America: 535,000,000 (five hundred and thirty-five million)
South America: 386,000,000 (three hundred and eighty-six million)
The population of the world is growing quickly. It reached six billion in 1999, and is expected to reach eight billion in 2027. Why is it going up so quickly? Some of the reasons include better healthcare and nutrition. People have better medicine and food, so they can live much longer.
Having so many people is a big challenge. Many problems like pollution, overcrowding, food shortages and deforestation are caused by a growing population. We will have to work hard to avoid these problems.
On the other hand, a huge population of people can have benefits. Since there are so many humans, we are able to invent new technology and develop our culture very quickly. Also, there is so much diversity in the world, like different races of people and different languages.
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When was The Day of Seven Billion?
October 1st, 2011
October 31st, 2011
October 31st, 2010
October 30th, 2011
Question 1 Explanation:The Day of Seven Billion was October 31st, 2011.
Which continent has fewer people than South America?
Question 2 Explanation:Australasia (with 33,000,000 people) has fewer people than South America (which has 386,000,000 people).
Which of these is a reason for the population of the world going up so quickly?
Question 3 Explanation:One of the reasons for the population growing quickly is better healthcare and medicine.
Which of these is a problem caused by a large population?
Question 4 Explanation:If there are a lot of people, we produce a lot of pollution.
Which of these is a benefit of a large population?
Question 5 Explanation:Because there are so many people, we can develop new technology very quickly.
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