The Population Explosion


16-17: The Population Explosion

Main population rise graphic data from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013), World Population Prospects: the 2012 Revision, DVD Edition

Historic World Population from Michael Kremer (1993) - “Population and Technology Change: One Million BC to 1990” published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol 10 (August 1993), MIT Press.

“An Increasingly Crowded World” most populous countries graphic uses data from the 2014 World Population Data Sheet, Population Reference Bureau. Accessed at http://www.prb.org/pdf14/2014-world-population-data-sheet_eng.pdf

Projected population by continent, 2000 vs 2015: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. p.2


18-19: Population Shift

Main graphic with country-by-country population growth: The World Bank data centre. Accessed at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.GROW

“Who Lives Where, Past and Future” graphic: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. p.7. Accessed at

“Africa will be home to 2 in 5 children by 2050: Unicef Report”, Unicef Report “Generation 2030: Africa”.  Accessed at http://www.unicef.org/publications/files/Generation_2030_Africa.pdf

“Centre of the world population” graphic based on recent World Bank population figures.  Accessed at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL


20-21: Living Longer

“Life expectancy at birth” based on World Bank life expectancy data. Accessed at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.LE00.IN

Population pyramids composition from United Nations Population Division World Population Prospects, 2015 revision.  Accessed at http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/


22-23: Slowing the Rise

Correlation between fertility and female education data from the European Environment Agency, 2010. Accessed at