With at least two babies born every second, the arms on the world population clocks are whirling round so fast that no one really knows how many people there are on Earth. The United Nations Population Division, which calls itself the gold standard for setting the figure, says the world’s population will hit seven billion on Monday, but admits the date is symbolic, according to AFP.
The seven billionth person will be born into what UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon calls a “world of contradiction”, the French news agency reported. “Plenty of food, but still a billion people going to bed hungry every night. Many people enjoy luxurious lifestyles, but still many people are impoverished,” he said in an interview with Time magazine.
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