Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is 7 Billion from National Geographic. The population of the world is due to hit 7 billion next week – this app offers an in-depth look at what that means and how rapid population growth will change and impact the world we live in.
National Geographic magazine presents 7 Billion: How your world will change – to coincide with the arrival of the 7 billionth human being to our world. This app explores the challenges of a growing human population in a world of limited resources with informative videos, interactive maps, in-depth articles, and stunning photography.
Here’s some of the great content contained in the app:
– How big is 7 Billion? An insightful video of the demographic trends that got us here today and how it will impact us tomorrow.
– Birth of a New Brazil: How big families are out, to the credit of strong-willed women—and the steamy soaps that inspired them.
– The Face of Seven Billion Interactive: Tap on the “typical face” to find out who the most typical human is
– Rift in Paradise: As the global population increases Africa’s Albertine Rift gives us a glimpse of what is at stake in the decades ahead.
– Bangladesh: See how resourceful residents of this country refuse to give in to rising seas
– Food Ark: Explore how preserving heirlooms seeds and breeds are crucial if we hope to feed our hungry world.
And to be incorporated into the app in December 2011:
– Cities are the Solution: They may be the best way to lift people from poverty and preserve the environment.
And here are just a few of the facts and topics that struck me as I browsed through the app over the last couple days:
— World population has more than doubled since 1960 – it has never doubled this quickly before in recorded history.
— By 2050 world population is expected to be at 9 billion, before the ‘era of explosive population’ is predicted to end.
— The world’s GDP more than doubled from 1980 to 2009 – global economic growth and increased standard of living means resources are being consumed at record levels. One of the greatest challenges now is how to share and sustain the planet while lifting even more people into a better life.
— The issues associated with population growth are numerous and include poverty, food and water supply, world health, climate change, deforestation and more. The app is full of articles,graphics, and video that show how humans have (and continue to) impacted our planet.
— Extinctions due to loss of forest habitat and other causes are now happening at a pace of hundreds or even thousands of times higher than at any other time during the last half billion years.
This app is listed as free for a limited time, perhaps only during the run-up to the day the 7 billion population number is reached. It still feels a thoroughly appropriate pick for this week – but if you want to get it while it is free you should look to pick it up sooner rather than later.
Here’s an App Store link for 7 Billion.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.