6.5 Percent of All Humans Ever Born are Still Alive Today

Chris Francis and Katrina Rabeler
Yes! Magazine / News Report
Published: Friday 23 August 2013
And 22 other facts you should probably know.
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  • Estimated number of humans who have been born in the last 50,000 years (when modern humans appeared): 107 billion
  • Percentage of humans ever born who are alive today: 6.5
  • Percentage of U.S. adults who considered homosexual relations morally acceptable in 2002: 38
  • Percentage who considered homosexual relations morally acceptable in 2012: 59
  • Year the Mars One program plans to establish a permanent colony on the surface of Mars: 2023
  • Number of settlers who will initially populate the Mars colony: 4
  • Number who will return to Earth: 0
  • Number of sexual assaults estimated to have occurred in the U.S. military in 2012: 26,000
  • Number reported: 3,374
  • Number of reports that resulted in military court prosecution: 594
  • Distance in feet the robot “Vomiting Larry,” designed to study disease transmission, can hurl puke: 10
  • Gigatons of carbon dioxide humanity added to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2011: 321
  • Maximum additional gigatons we can release between now and 2050 and still have an 80 percent chance of limiting global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius: 565
  • Gigatons we would release by burning the world’s remaining proven fossil fuel reserves: 2,795
  • Percentage of discretionary spending devoted to defense in President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget: 57
  • Percentage devoted to education: 6
  • Rank of the United States, out of 29 developed countries, in overall child well-being: 26
  • Rank of Greece: 25
  • Rank of Lithuania: 27
  • Length in miles of the Appalachian Trail, which extends from Georgia to Maine: 2,180
  • Percentage of hikers who complete the entire Appalachian Trail out of those who attempt it: 25
  • Percentage of climbers who summit Mt. Everest out of those who attempt it: 29
  • Number of Mt. Everests, from sea level to summit, equal to the total elevation climbed by hiking the entire Appalachian Trail: 16

This article is from The Human Cost of Stuff, the Fall 2013 issue of YES! Magazine. Katrina Rabeler and Chris Francis are YES! interns.



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ABOUT Chris Francis

Chris Francis wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Chris is a recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University where he studied English literature and religion while working as managing editor and editor-in-chief of IWU’s student newspaper, The Argus.

ABOUT Katrina Rabeler

Katrina Rabeler is an editorial assistant at YES!

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