300 million people and the Breathing Earth

I hope everyone received the memo:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

Nation’s Population to Reach 300 Million on Oct. 17

The U.S. Census Bureau today reported that the nation’s population will reach the historic milestone of 300 million on Oct. 17 at about 7:46 a.m. (EDT). This comes almost 39 years after the 200 million mark was reached on Nov. 20, 1967.

The estimate is based on the expectation that the United States will register one birth every seven seconds and one death every 13 seconds between now and Oct. 17, while net international migration is expected to add one person every 31 seconds. The result is an increase in the total population of one person every 11 seconds.

Breathing Earth “displays the carbob dioxide emission levels of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates – all in real-time.”