Are there too many people on the planet?

Are we in the "age of man?"

What happens when our oceans become acidic?

How will we cope with changing climate?

Can we feed seven billion of us?

What influences women to have fewer children?

Is there enough for everyone?

Are cities the cure for our growing pains?

Population is a complicated topic. With the worldwide population slated to top 7 billion in 2011, we decided it was one we needed to tackle. But we wanted to do it in a way that gives readers room to think. We spread out our coverage over a year, with articles that take deep dives into specific issues—demographics, food security, climate change, fertility trends, managing biodiversity—
that relate to global population. Our reporting is collected here. Feel free to explore and share your thoughts on twitter at #7billion.

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