World Population Hits 7 Billion

As the world's population is projected to surpass 7 billion this week, there's some very interesting multimedia projects out there dedicated to breaking down the numbers and exploring the implications. Here are a couple of my favorites:

This automated interactive feature utilizes World Bank and World Development Indicators data for a very cool and flexible interface:

National Geographic has an amazing year-long series special dedicated to the topic: also accessible through a dedicated app. Here's one great video from this project:

One of my favorite publications, The Economist, put this video explainer out nearly a year ago:

If you would like to find out where you fall in the mix of the other 6,999,999,999, the BBC offers a nifty tool that calculates your ranking based on your birth date. And if you'd like to get a laugh out of the overly complex use of visual graphics check out the 'How Many More?' section of that same feature. Having taped quite a few graphics-heavy live-to-tape segments, I can only imagine how many takes that took, so h/t BBC.

If you're interested in all these, you may also want to take a look at a brand new interactive map that we at the Council on Foreign Relations just put out, which tracks global outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases: