Population Pressures : Features

There are 86 documents in this section.

  • COMMENTARY: Humanity is the greatest challenge

    15 January 2008

    The growth in human population and rising consumption have exceeded the planet's ability to support us, argues John Feeney, writer and editor of growthmadness.org. It is time, he says, to ring the alarm bells and take radical action in order to avert unspeakable consequences. "We're out of our league, influencing systems we don't understand" he says.

  • COMMENTARY: Stabilising population is a climate 'must'

    11 December 2007

    Human population continues to grow by more than 75 million people annually. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, global population and annual carbon dioxide emissions have both increased by about 70 per cent. As a result, per capita emission rates remain steady at about 1.2 metric tons (mt) of carbon per person per year.

  • COMMENTARY: Closing the 'baby gap'

    29 November 2007

    Industrialised nations fret about their declining population, but the more pressing problem is that developing nations can't control their growth, says Barbara Crossette, former New York Times correspondent in Asia and chief of the paper's UN bureau.

  • Defusing the population bomb

    16 January 2007

    World population reached 6 billion in 1999, 6.5 billion in 2006 and is expected to top 7 billion in 2012. The key factor in this growth is the number of babies born to each mother. Replacement level is 2.1. Forty years ago women in the developing world were having triple that number, and a population explosion loomed. So where are we today? We asked the eminent demographer, Carl Haub, to provide the answer.

  • One-child policy brings mothers prosperity - and pain

    3 January 2007

    After 30 years of efforts, exponential population growth has been effectively controlled in China. The fertility rate is now 13 births per thousand people, the population growth rate 0.6 per cent (www.cia.gov). But China's one-child policy has brought pain as well as prosperity to Chinese women, says Valerie Sartor in this exclusive despatch.

  • Habitable earth is shrinking

    28 November 2006

    Our early twenty-first century civilization is being squeezed between advancing deserts and rising seas. Measured by the land area that can support human habitation, the earth is shrinking.

  • China is facing 'environmental apocalypse'

    12 September 2006

    China's environmental crisis has now reached the point where it threatens world stability - but the country's economic dynamism and scope for innovation could make it the world leader in a sustainable future according to a report released today to coincide with the visit to London of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

  • Many charts of women's progress remain blank

    29 May 2006

    The lack of vital gender-related statistics - on population, health, education and labour - is distorting the social and economic position of women worldwide, according to a new UN report.

  • Population hearings open in UK parliament

    15 May 2006

    Parliamentary Hearings have opened in London into how population growth is effecting the UN Millennium Development Goals. This is widely seen as significant in view of the fact that neither Population nor Reproductive Health were listed in the seven goals set out by the United Nations at the turn of the century. Indeed population has been an almost taboo subject in international discussions since 1994 when the Cairo Conference on Population and Development put the emphasis on reproductive health and rights.

  • Re-thinking the world's economic future

    7 February 2006

    Last month we published the first of two articles by Lester Brown, President of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, drawn from his new book, in which he set out the reasons why we must urgently restructure the world economy in the face of the additional consumption pressures from the two Asian giants, China and India. In this second article he describes how this might be done.