Beyond 7 Billion

After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. 

The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years. The coming wave will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countries. Los Angeles Times staff writer Kenneth R. Weiss and staff photographer Rick Loomis traveled across Africa and Asia to document the causes and consequences of rapid population growth. They visited Kenya, Uganda, China, the Philippines, India, Afghanistan and other countries.

Weiss, a graduate of UC Berkeley, has been a Times reporter and editor since 1990. He has covered politics, government, higher education, science and the environment.

Loomis has been a Times photojournalist since 1994. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in photojournalism and a minor in Latin American studies.

He has reported extensively from Afghanistan, often accompanying U.S. Army, Marine or Special Forces units. He also covered the popular uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia and Libya.

Watch the full report at LA Times