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Total human population over time
Human population of the world in billions from 10000 BCE to 2000 CE. It shows exponential rise in world population that has taken place since the eighteenth century. Source: US Census Bureau

 

Human population of the world: estimates between 1950-2015, and medium variant projection with 95% prediction intervals between 2015-2100. Source: UN -World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision

 

United Nations latest population projections till 2100. The variants differ in fertility levels,  while mortality held constant. Source of data: World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision

 

Human population projections by the main geographical regions. Source: populationpyramid.net

 

World population change 1800-2100, the country size shows the share of the population. Source: metrocosm.com based on UN: World Population Prospects

 

Population growth of countries in annual %, in 2015. Source: populationpyramid.net

 

The current biomass of Earth’s land mammals. Source: Smith et al. 2015 – Megafauna in the Earth system; based on Vaclav Smil: “The Earth’s Biosphere – Evolution, Dynamics, and Change”

 

Density of human population. Source: populationpyramid.net

 

Total fertility rate (TFR, births per woman) represented by countries. (2015) Source: populationpyramid.net

 

environmental acts
The importance of having fewer children in climate change mitigation: a comparison of the emissions reductions from various individual actions. The height of the bar represents the mean of all studies identified in developed nations, while black lines indicate mean values for selected countries or regions. Source: Wynes and Nicholas (2017): “The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions”

 

LPI
The Change of the Global Living Planet Index over time. It shows that the size of vertebrate populations (mammal, bird, reptile, fish and amphibian populations) declined 58% since 1970: a frightening, 2% average annual decline. Source: WWF Living Planet Index, 2016