Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy "Population: 7 Billion" Week! There's a Free App for That!

This week officially (October 31 to be exact--frighteningly spooky, yes?) marks the significant milestone of the Earth hosting 7 billion people on her surface, simultaneously.  In order to commemorate this momentous happening, and perhaps wake us up to some realities that are equally hopeful and alarming, National Geographic has created the 7 Billion App available for FREE! in the Apple App Store for a limited time.

As of today, November 2, 2011, the National Geographic 7 Billion App is the most popular app in the App Store!  I just downloaded it to my iPad 2 and I've been glued to it for an hour.  Some of the statistics are alarming, many are surprising (HOW many megacities?), and even more are instructional and hopeful:  how to minimize our impact, how living in urban areas decreases energy demand, and how much space we take up.

"FREE – Limited Time!
National Geographic magazine presents 7 Billion: How your world will change - to coincide with the arrival of the 7 billionth human being to our world. This app explores the challenges of a growing human population in a world of limited resources with informative videos, interactive maps, in-depth articles, and stunning photography. 
Featured content includes….
- How big is 7 Billion? An insightful video of the demographic trends that got us here today and how it will impact us tomorrow.
- Birth of a New Brazil: How big families are out, to the credit of strong-willed women—and the steamy soaps that inspired them.
- The Face of Seven Billion Interactive: Tap on the “typical face” to find out who the most typical human is
- Rift in Paradise: As the global population increases Africa’s Albertine Rift gives us a glimpse of what is at stake in the decades ahead.
- Bangladesh: See how resourceful residents of this country refuse to give in to rising seas
- Food Ark: Explore how preserving heirlooms seeds and breeds are crucial if we hope to feed our hungry world.
And to be incorporated into the app in December 2011: 
- Cities are the Solution: They may be the best way to lift people from poverty and preserve the environment.

This app is presented by DuPont

About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation."


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