ARBOR OUTLOOK: New year newborns, life essentials and investments

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 05:04 PM.

“What about this overcrowded land? …” — “Mercy, Mercy Me” by Marvin Gaye


Each Jan. 1, communities throughout Florida celebrate the first baby born in the new calendar year. Who will this baby become, we wonder. Will we know this child as an adult? Will he or she remain a local resident, perhaps even become a community leader?  This annual local birth inspires us and speaks of limitless possibilities and the future.

Adnan Nevic was born on Oct. 12, 1999, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Adnan’s birth was also especially significant, even beyond the borders of Sarajevo, and had global implications. Adnan’s birth, you see, pushed the world’s population to six billion people.

In the 75 years before Adnan was born, from 1924 to 1999, world population tripled. Two hundred years before Adnan was born, in 1799, there were only a billion people on our planet.

How long did it take the world population to reach one billion? It took from the beginning of time to the aforementioned date, 1799. However long you think that period of time was, it was very definitely slow growth compared to current trends. Our latest new billion in population growth was achieved in only 12 years.

The United Nations recently revised its population growth estimates. The U.N. now estimates that in 86 years, in the year 2100, the world’s population will be 10.8 billion, instead of 10.1 billion.

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