Sunday, February 26, 2006

not yet spring --
the population at
6.5 billion


According to the US Census Bureau's estimate,
on Feb. 25 the world's population reached
6.5 billion. There is an ongoing countdown here:

(My apologies...the first link was the wrong one --
this is the one I was using)

world population clock

I wrote a haiku sequence about the event as it
struck me -- the image won't show properly on a blog:

6.5 billion

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4 Comments:

Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

It's too bad that you real one can't be shown here -- it's great!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Gerald England said...

Like your haiku and image on the page of your own you sent us to.

The image seems to missing on the first link -- probably a glitch at their end.

I looked at the site that gave the figure and have to query how they can justify such a precise figure -- maybe in a small locality you get an exact census but in many places such statistics are often inaccurate -- who knows the precise death toll in large natural disasters.

OK maybe I'm just being petty -- the overall picture is accurate enough just not the perceived precision.

8:35 AM  
Blogger laryalee said...

Thanks, Andrew..glad you enjoyed it!

Hi Gerald...that's an "oops!" on my part --
I put the wrong link in!
There are several such "clocks", with varying
figures, and I look on them as symbolic only...
some say the 6.5 billion figure was reached a
couple of years ago.

As an added note, the reason I included a 1940
figure is because that was the year I was born.
A history census is here:

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/worldhis.html

I still find it hard to believe!

:-)
Lary

9:48 AM  
Blogger Aurora said...

Fascinating concept.

1:38 PM  

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