Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> from the Washington Post, 7/31/99
> THE 6 BILLIONTH BABY
> Population experts expect that between now and the end of the year, a
> newborn somewhere will be the 6 billionth human on Earth. Many factors
> will affect the health and development of that child, and in many cases
> will predetermine the baby's future. That future is likely to be
> considerably brighter if this baby is born in an industrialized country
> than if he or she is born in the developing world.
> If the child is born in Switzerland, she is likely to live to age 82; and
> if a boy, to age 75. But if born in Sierra Leone, she is likely to live to
> age 39; and if a boy, to 36.
> If the child is born in the Netherlands, he runs a risk of 1% of not living
> to his fifth birthday and a 9% risk of not seeing his 60th. If born in
> Niger, he runs a risk of 8% of not living to see his fifth birthday, and a
> 36% risk of not seeing his 40th.
> If the child is born in Austria, she will be 100% certain to grow up with
> access to safe drinking water and sanitation. If born in Afghanistan, she
> will have only a 21% chance of access to safe water and a 1% chance of
> access to sanitation.
> If the child is born in the United States, he will likely live in a family
> with more than $21,541 annual income. If born in Uganda, he would likely
> live in a family with about $602 annual income (based on GDP per person).
> If the child is born in Sweden, she will run a 7% risk of being
> functionally illiterate as an adult. If born in Senegal, she will run a
> 65% risk of being illiterate as an adult.
> If the child is born in Belgium, he will have available to him 3,543
> calories a day and 102 grams of protein (average availability, not actual
> consumption because it includes waste). If born in Bolivia, he will have
> available to him 2,170 calories a day and 56 grams of protein.
> (Availability of 2,000 calories or less is considered a severe shortage,
> availability of 2,000-2,300 calories a day is considered shortage.)
> If the child is born in Canada, she will live as one of 8 people sharing
> one square mile of land. If born in China, she will live as one of 327
> people sharing one square mile of land.
> If the child is born in Italy, he will likely live in a city, as 90% of the
> Italians do. If born in India, he will likely live in a rural area because
> 72% of the Indians do.
> (Figures adapted from sources: U.N. Human Development Report, Population
> Reference Bureau, and World Almanac)
> posted by:
> Kathryn Aegis
> DC Transhumanists
> (website pending)
How does has the supply and demand for oxygen changed as civilization has expanded to play a part in virtually every ecosystem.?
Has human activity created a net surplus or deficit?