Monday, October 31, 2011

The 7 Billion Club: Earth's Population Reaches Troubling Level

Meet Danica May Camacho, who enters the world as the planet's 7 billionth citizen, which surpasses the all-time landmark for Earth's human population. Little Danica was born two minutes before midnight local time to mother Camille and father Florante in Manila, the Philippines. 

The Asian nation is the world's 12th most populated, with an estimated population of 91,983,100, according to the most recent census statistics available. The parents and the newborn baby were met by United Nations officials in the Philippines, who presented the child with a small cake detailing her special honor. Also on hand to witness the ceremony was 12-year-old Lorrize Mae Guevarra, who was declared the world's symbolic six billionth baby in 1999 and is now in the sixth grade, meaning the world's population swelled by a billion people in only twelve years, a shocking statistic.

News of the world's seven billionth citizen comes just as the USDA releases a frightening report about the cost of food, which they anticipate will increase by up to 4.5 percent over the next two years.

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