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7 Billion… and Counting

October 31, 2011 — That’s the day United Nations demographers determined that planet Earth is now host to seven billion people.  The number is significant for lots of reasons — the rapidity with which we reached this number, the concerns about food and energy and water and all of the resources needed to sustain such a large number of people on a very finite planet.

I wanted to write something about this topic for On the Front Lines, to talk about the link between population growth and access to family planning services.  So I did some reading on the subject. Continue reading