RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2014
FILM CREDITS: BBC DOCUMENTARY
DURATION: 59 min
Ten thousand years ago, there were only 10 million humans on the planet; it took until 1800AD to reach our first billion. But by 1960, we managed our third billion, and in the mere half-century since then, we’ve added four more. In an eyeblink, in geological terms, humans have gone from being just another species of large ape to utter global ubiquity.
Dr Hans Rosling, the Swedish presenter of Don’t Panic: the Truth About Population (BBC Two), wanted us – obviously – not to panic. We are not going to run out of room imminently, he said, and the situation is righting itself.