Thursday, October 12, 2006

and counting...

The US population is going to reach something of a milestone sometime this month when it will cross over the 300 million mark. You can watch as we get ever closer to the mark at this US Population Clock put out by the US Census Bureau. As I type this Thursday night October 12th at 11:49pm Eastern, the population stands at 299,966,761. With our population growing at the current rate of one every 11 seconds, it looks like we should hit the big number about 4.2 days from right now, which by my calculations should put it sometime in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 17th.

Worldometers provides dozens of other "clocks" including world population (currently at 6,597,307,701 and growing), the number of lightning strikes this year (2,461,999,785 and growing), countries in the UN (192 and holding) and many others.

Breathing Earth shows in real-time birth and death rates in each country as well as their rate of emission of carbon dioxide. Since I launched it a few minutes ago, it tells me that 728 people have been born on Earth, 290 people have died, and 120,000 tons of CO2 have been emitted.

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