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In PHOTOS: Our crowded planet

Last updated on: August 8, 2011 09:44 IST

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The world's population will reach seven billion mark by October. According to the United Nations, with five babies being born every second, 78 million people are added to the global community each year, the Daily Mail reports.

The population was fewer than one billion in 1800, three billion in 1960 and six billion as recently as 1999. According to experts, the next landmark statistic will be eight billion in 2025.

Much of the dramatic increase can be accounted for by the world's poorest nations, which are expected to double their numbers over the next decade.

Let's take a glimpse of our crowded planet.

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Image: A view of a residential building in Shanghai
Photographs: Reuters
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Image: Commuters make their way into a crowded compartment of a suburban train in Mumbai
Photographs: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters
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Image: An overcrowded train leaves Dhaka's Airport rail station
Photographs: Rafiqur Rahman/Reuters
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Image: Motorists crowd at a junction during rush hour in Taipei
Photographs: Nicky Loh/Reuters
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Image: People try to board a crowded passenger train to take part in the Nat, or spirits, festival, at Taungbyone station, near Mandalay, Myanmar
Photographs: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
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Image: North Koreans look at a Chinese boat for tourists on Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju
Photographs: Jacky Chen/Reuters
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Image: Vehicles drive on Three Ring Road (left) and Jianwai Street (right) during the evening rush hour in central Beijing
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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Image: People hang onto an entrance of a commuter train which will transport them to Jakarta, in Depok, Indonesia's West Java province
Photographs: Crack Palinggi/Reuters
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Image: Sunbathers and roofed wicker beach chairs are seen along the beach on the bay of Travemuende, a popular holiday resort at the Baltic sea near the northern German city of Luebeck
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Image: Traffic crosses over the new diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus in London
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
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Image: Boys sit in the trunk of a car while travelling on a street in Karachi
Photographs: Athar Hussain/Reuters
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