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Seven billionth baby born

The world’s seven billionth person has been born at a hospital in the Phillippines.

Weighing in at 2.5 kilograms, Danica May Camacho was chosen by the United Nations to represent the world’s population reaching seven billion, reports The Guardian. While there’s no way to know if she was the exact seven billionth person in the world, estimates put the birth as reasonably close, although some say that the seven billion people benchmark will not be reached until next year.

The U.N. chose October 31st as “Seven Billion Day” to draw awareness to the issues facing the human race as the population continues to expand. It was just 12 years ago that Adnan Nevic was named as the six billionth child, showing how quickly the world’s population is expanding.

One of the significant components of the birth is the fact that the milestone is recognized – something that may not have even been possible a few decades ago. In today’s quickly globalizing society, we now have the capability to track world population across countries, as a way of keeping the entire human civilization interconnected. Even families that are separated by great distances can talk on the phone, videochat over the internet or even send money online.

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