The planet Earth will be home to 7 billion people at the end of this month, according to UN projections. What an amazing and overwhelming number!
There are so many implications for the planet as we approach this number, including social, economic and environmental impacts associated with having a population of this magnitude.
The article that inspired me to write this post is available in Nature Climate Change and discusses the consequences of the locality of this population and the projected impacts of climate change. As you're aware, people are not equally spread across the globe and neither will the consequences of climate change and this article explores some of the research that will analysis such information. You can view the article I reference in this post at http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v1/n7/full/nclimate1235.html?WT.ec_id=NCLIMATE-201110.
I have many personal opinions on the planet supporting this number of people. Whether my opinions are factual or not I have yet to determine, but thought it important to share this amazing and important demographic fact with you all.