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Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future - Kim Preshoff


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Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country’s future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples.

According to the Population Reference Bureau's "2013 World Population Data Sheet", 271 are born every minute, and 106 die every minute. That's a global net population increase of 165 per minute. This lesson was published on May 5th. What's the estimated global population increase exactly one week later (May 12th).

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  • Educator Kim Preshoff
  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Sound Designer Matt Tyson
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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