World population increases to 8 billion: BBC News Review reviews

January 24, 2023



The story
The world’s population has officially reached 8 billion.

The growth is partly because of developments in health, nutrition and medicine.

It’s taken just 11 years to go from 7 to 8 billion, but growth in many countries is actually slowing.

Many are concerned the expanding population is destroying the planet.

Key words and phrases

peak
can’t get any higher or better
• Ticket sales for the concert have peaked. Fewer people are buying them now.
• We expect the prices of holidays to peak in the summer.

poses
causes or creates something that is usually negative
• Drunk drivers pose a threat to other road users.
• This political scandal will pose big problems for the government.

shape
influence
• Moving to new countries as a child shaped my love for travel.
• Her dad’s attitude shaped her approach to hard work.

0:00 – Introduction
0:23 – Story
1:09 – Headline 1: The Telegraph: World population hits eight billion – as experts predict when it will peak
3:29 – Headline 2: CNN: Global population hits 8 billion as growth poses more challenges for the planet
5:01 – Headline 3: The Conversation: As the 8 billionth person is born,
here’s how Africa will shape the future of the planet’s population
6:40 – Language summary

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32 Comments
  1. your podcast has shaped my English positively

  2. I've waited your new video!
    Thank you for helping my English.

    ●I peaked my career last year.
    ●The typhoon posed many damages.
    ● The friend shaped me to into minecraft.

  3. We should not bare more kid. This number is already huge.

  4. Thank you Neil & sian and BBC group
    From algeria 🇩🇿 ♥

  5. Hi I'm your new student

  6. i love you sian.i will marry after left my country bangladesh

  7. Reply
    Bình Phùng Phương January 24, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    So helpful🫶🏻❤

  8. Hali mening darajam past ekan tushunishim qiyin buldi

  9. As an English language teacher I have to say 5 minutes is a loooong time to teach 3 vocab items. Some basic graphics or synonyms would do the job in half the time.

  10. I always feel like I have to restroom. I only feel so please someone reply what should I do to get relief from this type of problem. Becoming fresh after 3 hours I feel like

  11. Your Mum has two peaks.

    Your Dad has one depending on how he feels.

  12. I want to reach peak of the company.

  13. I find this series helpful for practicing English. I really appreciate the efforts taken behind this. Thank you BBC team

  14. So useful ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  15. Love you Sian

  16. I wonder if Sian has Twitter or YouTube channel personal

  17. My favorite is Sian

  18. Thank you guys learn new words and their meaning and increasing knowledge about new and veru thing.

  19. 8 million ? Don't worry there's a plan already in place to bring that number down . Pure evil 😈.

  20. Very well explained

  21. Hi Bbslc guys you are truly brilliant 🔥🔥

  22. They are notifying me this videao after 5 days🧐

  23. We are 10 billion short god bless fossil fuels

  24. Thanks Neo and Sian. That’s so understandable.

  25. Eight billion day.❤

  26. Thank you very much

  27. Thanks 🇮🇶

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