Since 1992, the human population has grown by 1 450 000 000 people ...

Since 1992, the world’s population increased by an annual rate of 1.3%, adding nearly 1 500 million people to the planet. Between 1992 and 2010, world population grew from around 5 500 million to close to 7 000 million, representing a 26% increase. There are large differences in population numbers and changes between regions. For example, nearly 60% of the global population lives in Asia, 15% in Africa, and another 15% in North America and Europe combined. However, total population increases are much greater in West Asia (67% since 1992) and Africa (53%), while the population number in Europe has grown only slightly (4%).

This graphic is part of the publication Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment.

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