The world is urbanizing faster than ever, with over half of the planet’s population currently living in cities—more than any time in history. But when did this trend of “urbanization” start? It turns out its roots go back much farther than we thought.
Europe has what you may call a man problem.
There’s over 7 billion people on this planet of ours and some estimates peg the population to reach 10 billion by the end of the century. Given that there’s only a certain amount of land on Earth, is there a maximum amount of humans that our blue marble can support? Sort of! And that limit is tied to our diet and the…
We keep hearing that this is the age of rapid urbanization: By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. But in the United States, the people moving into those cities are largely rich, white, and childless. What’s more, not as many of them are moving as they were a few years ago.
Outside the Florida Everglades, cougars haven’t lived east of the Rockies in over 100 years. But, a new study finds there’s a strong likelihood that states like Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin could become home to healthy populations of the large carnivores in the next few years.
In a rare note of dissent from a prominent scientist, Paul Ehrlich is denouncing Pope Francis’s call to action on climate change, stating that the pope’s rhetoric will be as “ineffective as ignoring the problem altogether” unless the world’s billion Catholics embrace population control.
It’s Space City versus the Second City: According to new reports, massive job growth in Houston will soon propel it above Chicago in US rankings for biggest population.
The University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service has assembled a map that shows just how segregated out cities can be. The results can be used to help understand how racial problems affect communities and authorities.
The world's population has exploded over the past century, growing from less than 2 billion to 7 billion people. And it's not stopping. The U.N.'s current projection is that humanity will number 9.3 billion individuals in 2050, and then hit 10.1 billion by 2100. Meanwhile, our energy resources are dwindling and…
In France, they know how to relax: on public holidays, virtually all city dwellers flee the urban environment to hit the beach and countryside. And this analysis of cellphone location shows that in quantified, data-driven form.
By 2025, the biggest cities in the world will not only be bigger, but exceptionally denser. According to a new study, Hong Kong will be the densest megacity on the planet, almost twice as crowded as the runner up. And here in the U.S.—and this might be a real shocker—Los Angeles may be more dense than New York City.
Reddit user metricmapsore made this great visualization showing how our country is divided and found that more than half of the entire US population—54% that is—live on the edges of the map. It makes sense, that's where the biggest cities are and thus, that's where the people are. Why would anyone live anywhere else!
When we think about futurism, often we imagine cutting-edge technologies like bionic arms or weather machines for colonizing Mars. But if we really want to make it for another few centuries, we're going to need something that Iran has already got.
Imagine a world with countries re-shaped to have an equal population with each other. Some little countries get absorbed to create one large country while other populous countries get their boundaries re-drawn and are split up into a bunch of difference pieces (I'm looking at you China and India). This is what that…
It's a little unfair that giant states with tiny populations get so much room for such few people. I mean, especially since states on the east coast are living on top of each other in cramped borders. So let's change that with a fun little thought exercise and a spin on how to look at the map of United States: what if…
We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population density by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover.
I've always been interested in the distribution of the human population across the globe. It's far from an even spread—this map shows where people are most squished in (dark colors) and where they're spread out (light colors):
Here's a fun way to look at the world. What if every country's population actually matched its size? So more populous places like Japan and Vietnam that are cramped in tiny specks of land now get to stretch their feet a bit while uselessly big countries like Canada and Australia get their population booted to smaller…
Which countries are emerging superpowers? Which countries are in decline? This excellent infographic of population change, country by country, explains pretty much everything you need to know about what's going to happen geopolitically in the next few decades.
Currently, there aren't many dead people on Facebook, which is largely because its user base is so young. But time marches on and death is inevitable, so will there ever be more dead than live people on the social network?