Global Trends Quiz

  • By Susan K. Lewis
  • Posted 04.20.04
  • NOVA

Populations in both rich and poor countries are on a course to change dramatically in the coming decades. These changes could radically impact economies as well as have enormous consequences for local and global environments. In this quiz, explore what may lie ahead.

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Test your understanding of the population trends and environmental challenges facing nations around the world.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program World in the Balance.


Special Thanks

John Haaga, Population Reference Bureau


© Photodisc;
(family, tax roll)
© Corbis Images
(India contraception)
Paul Bankerd/CCP
(woman with baby on lap)
Liz Gilbert/ Courtesy of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
(buses in street)
D. Hinrichsen/Courtesy of Photoshare
(Humvee in China, couple with corn)
© Todd Wendel
(clear-cut forest)
Courtesy of the Sierra Club
(man carrying bottles)
(all others)
Courtesy of the U.N.

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