Tales of a warmer planet By running our civilization on fossil fuels, we are both creating and destroying climates that our descendants will live in tens if not hundreds of thousands of years from now.
Population of Iceland one-third larger by 2065 A new study by Statistics Iceland indicates that the population size of the country will increase by approximately one-third by 2065.
Africa’s child brides ‘to reach 310 million’ UNICEF has warned that the increasing population of Africa could result in the number of girls being forced to marry before they reach 18 more than doubling during the next 25 years.
Climate change agreement reached in Paris Negotiators representing 195 countries have agreed to a deal intended to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.
Las Vegas switching to renewable energy Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, has announced that the city will be “the first of its size (in the United States) to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy” by January 2017.
Pakistani government forms population task force Mamnoon Hussain, the president of Pakistan, has established a task force made up of government officials “to address the issue of rapid population growth confronting the country.”
Half of Amazon tree species 'face extinction' A report published in the journal Science Advances indicates that as many as 57 per cent of Amazon tree species may become extinct in the near future.
David Attenborough’s climate conversion Not so long ago, our patron Sir David Attenborough was a self-professed climate-change skeptic.
Three killed in attack on abortion clinic A gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured.
Philippines wrestles with climate dilemma The government of the Philippines, which is one of the countries in which people will suffer most in response to global warming, has approved controversial plans for additional coal-fired power stations.
Pope delivers stern warning on climate change Pope Francis has stated that failing to act to address global warming would be “catastrophic” and urged governments to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference.
A step forward for women’s rights The government of Tunisia has enacted a law that allows a woman to travel with her minor children without getting permission from the childrenâ€™s father.
Stealth attack on abortion access Some state governments in the United States are subsidizing medically questionable crisis pregnancy centers while stripping funding from more comprehensive health care service providers.
Human Ponzi scheme of population growth To avoid catastrophic climate change, we need a “both-and” approach involving efforts to slow down global population growth and promote vegetarian diets.
Desperate not to have children Two women who do not want to have children one British and one Iranian explain why.
Building outpacing population growth in China Chinese government policies that yield rapid development are resulting in the creation of virtually uninhabited “ghost cities”.
Population of Indonesia now 255 million The Central Statistics Agency of Indonesia has reported that the population of the country increased by approximately three million during the past year and is now about 255 million.
Georgia’s shrinking population The population size of Georgia has decreased by approximately 15 per cent since 2002 and is expected to continue to decrease.
Climate change rally in Paris called off A mass climate change rally scheduled to be held in Paris before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that will take place in the city from 30 November to 11 December has been called off in response to security concerns.
Global maternal mortality reduced by one-half Pregnancy-related deaths have decreased by almost 50 per cent worldwide during the past 25 years, according to the United Nations.
The future of global development As much as 20 per cent of the remaining undeveloped land in the world may be used for agriculture, energy production and urbanization by 2050.
Population education in the classroom New online tools are being made available to allow educators to provide information about the history and effects of population growth.
United Kingdom ‘in population crisis’ The population of the United Kingdom will increase by approximaely 10 million or 15 per cent during the next 25 years, according to the Office for National Statistics.
More women in poor contries using contraception A record number of women and girls in the world’s poorest nations are using modern methods of contraception, according to a report just issued by FP2020.
Scared by climate change? Verisk Maplecroft has compiled a list of the 10 countries likely to be affected least by climate change.
March against violence against women Thousands of people recently took to the streets of Madrid to demonstrate against violence against women.
Leaders to meet to discuss migrant crisis More than 60 government officials from Africa and Europe are going to meet in Malta during the next two days to discuss the current migrant crisis.
Population growth an issue we can’t dodge If as recently predicted Britainâ€™s population increases by more than 10 million during the next 25 years, many difficult choices will have to be made.
Climate change could leave 500 million homeless Rising sea levels caused by carbon emissions could impoverish more than 100 million people and submerge the homes of more than 500 million, according to reports released today.
India vs China – the population race India is expected to become the most populous country in the world by 2022, according to the United Nations.
Climate change minister appointed in Canada The Canadian government now has its first Minister of Environment and Climate Change an attorney named Catherine McKenna.
Ethiopian women having fewer children The Ethiopian birth rate has decreased from approximately seven children per woman in the 1990s to about 4.5 at present.
Humanity’s ‘inexorable’ population growth Although measures intended to reduce human fertility in the parts of the world in which population growth is fastest will eventually have a long-term impact on numbers, policies that will reduce consumption of natural resources also must be adopted.
Americans unconcerned about climate change A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has revealed that “most Americans know the climate is changing, but are just not that worried about it.”
For many women, one child is enough The proportion of married women in Singapore who have only one child has almost doubled during the past 20 years.
Call to start sex education earlier The incidence of sexual harassment and sexual violence on college campuses will not decrease unless education about relationships begins earlier, according to the Sex Education Forum.
World leaders scolded for ‘conflict paralysis’ The heads of the United Nations and Red Cross in a joint statement have accused world leaders of failing to address adequately the plight of civilians in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and other countries in which armed conflict is occurring.
Climate change plans ‘by no means enough’ The United Nations has released its assessment of plans to limit climate change submitted by 146 national governments and stated that even if implemented fully the plans would not prevent disastrous consequences.
One-child policy ended in China The government of China has announced that couples will be allowed to have two children instead of only one.
Chinese population growth slower than predicted The population of China increased by 5.2 per cent during the last five years rather than the 7.2 per cent Chinese government officials had predicted.
Humans a bigger threat than climate change? A recent study of fossils and bones revealed that members of many species survived a period of dramatic global warming approximately 10,000 years ago but were subsequently made extinct by human beings.
Climate change a health threat to children Climate change poses an increasing global public health and safety threat and children are particularly vulnerable, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Countries’ responses to global warming Some countries are making significant efforts to address climate change â€” others are not.
Campaign against teenage pregnancy underway The United Nations Office for the Caribbean has undertaken a campaign intended to reduce teenage pregnancy in response to high adolescent birth rates in the region.
Climate change reducing productivity A paper recently published in <i>Nature</i> indicates that global warming is negatively affecting the gross domestic product of countries throughout the world.
Poverty reduced but still prevalent in Africa A study recently published by the World Bank indicates that although the percentage of people living in poverty in Africa has been significantly reduced during the last 25 years, almost half still are.
Humans driving the sixth mass extinction Scientists have been warning for decades that human activity is pushing life on our planet toward mass extinction.
Population growth during the last 200 years Global human population increased more during the last 200 years than throughout all prior time.
Dalai Lama calls for action on climate change The Dalai Lama has urged that strong global action be taken to limit global warming and protect fragile environments.
Seventy per cent of people in cities by 2050 A study just published by the United Nations indicates that approximately 70 per cent of the people in the world will live in cities by 2050.
Malaysian state to reward large families The government of the Malaysian state of Terengganu is planning to reward those who have large families in the hopes of achieving a birth rate that exceeds 12 children per woman.
Our deadened, carbon-soaked seas The seas are absorbing increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere so much so that the chemical balance of our oceans is changing and becoming a serious threat to marine ecosystems.
Conflict drives ‘alarming’ global hunger Conflict is “development in reverse” and a key factor in almost 800 million people going without enough food, according to the 2015 Global Hunger Index, which was released earlier this week.
How many people will live in Africa in 2100? The population of Africa will increase to approximately 2.6 billion as opposed to more than four billion as the United Nations is projecting by 2100, according to the Wittgenstein Center.
World undergoing major population shift Large-scale migration from poor countries to richer regions of the world will be a permanent feature of the global economy for decades to come, according to the World Bank.
Greenhouse gas emissions pledges inadequate The reductions in greenhouse gas emissions pledged by national governments in advance of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference will not bring about the changes needed to avert the most severe consequences of global warming.
Climate change threatening food supply A report issued recently by Oxfam indicates that at least 10 million people are facing a food shortage as a result of climate change.
South Africa-sized forest area lost in 25 years Forest area approximately the size of South Africa has been cleared in the world during the past 25 years, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
World Vasectomy Day World Vasectomy Day, which is intended to “raise global awareness of vasectomy as a solution to prevent unintended pregnancies,” will be 13 November this year.
The real demographic challenge Population ageing in developed countries is a manageable result of positive developments rapid population growth in many parts of the world is a far more severe threat to human welfare.
Jane Goodall interview Population Matters patron Jane Goodall discusses sustainability, the environment and other issues.
China’s population to peak in 2025 The population size of China will peak at approximately 1.41 billion in 2025 and in 2050 be much less than the current number, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Climate change ‘tragedy of the horizon’ Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that climate change will lead to financial crises and decreasing living standards.
Extreme poverty approaching record low The World Bank has issued a report indicating that before the end of the year for the first time less than 10 per cent of the people in the world will be living in extreme poverty.
Incorporating sustainability into everyday work One of the keys to solving the worldâ€™s pressing energy and environmental challenges is for commercial and not-for-profit organizations to implement climate-change initiatives.
Australian population growth lowest in 10 years Australiaâ€™s population growth rate is the lowest it has been in 10 years largely due to a decrease in immigration and births.
Indian government adopts climate change plan The government of India has set a goal of having 40 per cent of the electricity used in the country come from renewable and other low-carbon sources by 2030.
Population growth in Singapore slowing Population growth in Singapore during the last year was the slowest recorded in the last decade, according to the National Population and Talent Division.
Israel’s population soaring The population size of Israel has doubled during the past 25 years and is expected to double again by 2060.
United Nations again ignores population growth The Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the United Nations to guide international development for the next 15 years fail to address population growth.
Brazil pledges to reduce carbon emissions The government of Brazil has stated that greenhouse gas emissions in the country will be reduced by 37 per cent by 2025 from 2005 levels by reducing deforestation and increasing use of renewable energy sources.
United States endorses sustainability goals President Barack Obama has stated that the United States has “fully adopted” the new United Nations goals intended to eradicate extreme poverty and other forms of human suffering while conserving the environment.
Pope asks Congress to address climate change Pope Francis asked the United States Congress to make “a courageous and responsible effort” to address climate change while addressing the body on Thursday.
Half of Syria’s population is now displaced Approximately half of the people in Syria have been forced to flee their homes and are seeking refuge either within their country or abroad.
Attenborough backs clean energy research plan A proposed 10-year research programme to make renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels has won the backing of Sir David Attenborough.
The ‘mother of all problems’ in Singapore Unchecked population growth is the “mother of all problems” in Singapore and the impact can be seen in the countryâ€™s job market, infrastructure and housing sector, according to Peopleâ€™s Power Party Secretary-General Goh Meng Seng.
Climate change could cost trillions in damages As global warming thaws perpetually frozen Arctic land, the greenhouse gases trapped within will escape, increasing the economic toll of climate change by trillions of dollars.
Air pollution annually kills 3.3 million Air pollution is killing approximately 3.3 million people per year worldwide, according to a study recently published in the journal <i>Nature</i>.
Increasing population leading to crisis The refugee crisis in Europe is a symptom of overpopulation more than anything else and portends far greater crises resulting from armed conflict unless population growth is restrained.
Case to tackle climate change overwhelming Influential economist Nicholas Stern has stated that failing to act on the grave threat posed by climate change devalues the lives of future generations and amounts to unacceptable “discrimination by date of birth”.
World population rises Sir David Attenborough speaks about the need to curb global population growth as 10,000 people are born every hour.
Breeding ourselves to extinction All measures to thwart the destruction of our ecosystem will be useless if we do not restrain population growth.
2015 & 2016 set to break global heat records This and next year are globally likely to be the hottest ever recorded, according to the United Kingdom Met Office.
The worst-case scenario of climate change The worst-case scenario of climate change is that sea levels would be approximately 60 metres higher than they are today â€” enough to submerge an 18-story building and put some of the worldâ€™s largest cities under water.
Japanese census likely to show population plunge A national census now underway in Japan is expected to be the first ever to reveal a decrease in the size of the population of the country.
Overpopulation and political stability Between 1970 and 2007, approximately 80 per cent of all new civil conflicts occurred in countries in which at least 60 per cent of the population was younger than 30.
The climate is changing before our eyes Recent events in the United States, Australia and other countries around the world have shown that global warming is in fact taking place.
Middle East facing severe water shortages Increasing population and dwindling water supplies are affecting millions of people and exacerbating conflict in the region, according to the World Resources Institute.
Cuts in greenhouse gas emissions inadequate Plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions fall far short of what is needed to keep temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, according to Climate Action Tracker.
United Kingdom population set to surge The population of the United Kingdom is set to increase by twice as much as that of the rest of the European Union during the next 65 years according to Eurostat, the official statistics body of the Union.
Sea levels have risen 8 cm since 1992 The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a report indicating that sea levels worldwide have risen an average of eight centimetres since 1992 “because of warming waters and melting ice”.
Saudi Arabian women to vote for the first time Women in Saudi Arabia began registering to vote last week â€” for the first time in the countryâ€™s history. They will allowed to sign up to contest elections for the first time next week.
This year to be hottest on record Climate researchers are predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record “by a mile”.
Population of Poland expected to shrink Demographers are projecting that the population of Poland, which currently is approximately 38.5 million, will decrease by more than five million within the next two generations.
Population of Brazil exceeds 200 million The population of Brazil, the fifth most populous country in the world, has increased to more than 200 million.
Food supply at risk from extreme weather Climate change is causing more severe weather throughout the world, which in turn is placing agricultural production at risk.
Carbon credits undercut climate change action The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine did not represent cuts in emissions, according to a study just published by the Stockholm Environment Institute.
World’s 10 most populous countries in 2050 Population projections issued by the Population Reference Bureau last week indicate that India, China, the United States, Nigeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Congo and Ethiopia will have the 10 largest populations in the world in 2050.
India’s population bulge a ticking bomb India is not adequately preparing to meet the food, housing and other requirements of all of the additional people who will live in the country when its population exceeds that of China within the next 10 years.
How to slow world population growth Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, has stated that the “new mantra” of the Fund is to keep girls in school until age 18 to protect their rights and slow population growth.
No carbon dioxide ‘technofix’ on the horizon A study just published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i> indicates there is no feasible “technofix” that would allow us to go on mining and drilling for coal, oil and gas and then geoengineer a solution when the effects of climate change become calamitous.
July hottest month on record The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported that July was the hottest month on record.
Britain has biggest families in Europe Immigration and an apparent trend for the very wealthy to have more babies has left Britain with some of the largest families in 40 years.
Pakistan to address population growth The Pakastani Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has stated that the government intends to focus on addressing population growth “for the socioeconomic development of the country”.
China’s reduction of carbon emissions China is on course to set a world record this year for the largest voluntary reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of any country in history.
Five ways the world will be different in 2100 The United Nations has projected that there will be approximately four billion more people in the world by 2100 and that most of the increase will take place in the areas least able to accommodate it.
World population to exceed 11 billion by 2100 The United Nations has released projections indicating that the population of the world will exceed 11 billion by 2100.
New Zealand population growth increasing New Zealand’s population is increasing at its fastest rate in more than a decade.
Overconsumption threatening future generations The well-being of members of future generations is being jeopardised by our current level of exploitation of natural resources.
Drought forcing Panama Canal to limit ship draft On 8 September in response to drought the maximum depth of ships in the water in the Panama Canal will be reduced to 12 meters. Approximately 20 per cent of ships that otherwise would be taken through the canal will not be as a result.
Impact of overpopulation on health in India Doctors in India are warning that increasing population density is causing greater spread of airborne diseases, waters to become more polluted and many other health-related problems.
Most densely populated cities in the world The most densely populated cities in the world can be found in China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Chinese planning two-child policy The Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission is planning to adopt a two-child policy by the end of the year in order to address concerns about a “greying population with a growing proportion of elderly”.
Overpopulation is bad for people and the planet Rapid population growth is a challenge multiplier that can impede efforts to reduce poverty, alleviate hunger, boost educational attainment, manage water scarcity, improve basic services and prevent environmental degradation.
The real threat to life on Earth If the size of our population continues to increase at the current rate, our grandchildren will see Earth plunged into an unprecedented environmental crisis, argues scientist Stephen Emmott in his new book <i>Ten Billion</i>.
Climate change nightmares already here In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India have each killed more than 1,000 people.
Pakistani population to exceed 300 million The United Nations recently issued a projection indicating that the population of Pakistan will exceed 300 million by 2050.
What the world knows about climate change A study published in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i> indicates that as much as 40 per cent of the world’s adult population is unaware of climate change.
Obama unveils Clean Power Plan United States President Barack Obama has unveiled what he calls “the biggest, most important step we have ever taken” to counter climate change.
India to become most populous nation by 2022 Population projections issued by the United Nations last week indicate that India’s population size will exceed China’s by 2022.
Delhi residents buying black market water Daily demand for water in the city in India exceeds the legal supply by approximately 750 million litres, so many residents turn to the black market.
World population to rise by 2.4 billion by 2050 According to the United Nations, an increase in the size of the population of the world of about 2.4 billion by 2050 is “almost inevitable”.
United Kingdom population to be largest in Europe A report issued by Eurostat earlier this week indicates that the United Kingdom will become the most populous country in Europe by 2050.
Farming ourselves out of food A new study published by the Anglia Ruskin University Global Sustainability Institute indicates that there will be catastrophic food shortages throughout the world caused by climate change by 2040 unless drastic changes are made immediately.
Companies pledge to counter climate change Thirteen of the best-known companies in the United States Apple, Microsoft, Walmart, Bank of America and others have pledged to spend $140 billion on efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Forty nations facing destabilization by 2045 Population growth is threatening to destabilize 40 nations mostly developing countries within the next 30 years.
Spain raises marrying age from 14 to 16 The governmnet of Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16. The change comes only months after the age of consent was raised from 13 to 16.
Voters want action on climate change A poll recently conducted by Quinnipiac University has shown that approximately two-thirds of the people likely to vote in the next United States presidential election who live in key states believe climate change is man-made and must be addressed.
China seeking to cap population of Beijing The government of China is seeking to cap the population size of Beijing a city plagued by water shortages, air pollution, traffic congestion and other problems at 23 million by 2020.
Ireland’s population growing the fastest in Europe Ireland had the highest birth rate in the European Union 14.4 babies born per 1,000 residents and the second-lowest death rate 6.4 per 1,000 residents.
First six months of 2015 hottest on record The first half of 2015 was the warmest first six months of any year on record globally, according to the United States National Climatic Data Center.
Sustainability policy taking hold in China The government of China is beginning to make significant efforts to incorporate sustainability practices into economic expansion in the country.
Hardly any women regret having an abortion Ninety-five percent of women who have had abortions do not regret the decision to terminate their pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>.
Climate change seen as greatest threat Climate change is what people throughout the world perceive as the greatest global threat, according to the Pew Research Center.
Warming of oceans is unstoppable The <i>State of the Climate in 2014</i> report issued yesterday by the American Meteorological Society indicates that the warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable.
Netherlands to pave roads with recycled plastic The city of Rotterdam is scheduled to have roads paved with recycled plastic in three years.
Could the pill save the polar bear? By 2050, human population growth alone will threaten a further 14 per cent of the planetâ€™s species this is on top of the 52 per cent decline in numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish during the past four decades.
Population of India exceeds 1.27 billion The population of India has exceeded 1.27 billion, according to the Indian National Population Stabilisation Fund. The population size is expected to surpass China’s and exceed 1.63 billion by 2050.
How the world’s population is changing Almost 11 billion people will live on Earth by 2100 â€” up substantially from our current population of slightly more than seven billion, according to the United Nations.
Hawaii bans single-use plastic bags A ban on distribution of single-use plastic bags by grocery stores in Hawaii has gone into effect. “Resusable” plastic bags “specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse” may still be distributed.
Five-metre rise in sea level unavoidable A new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that a five-metre rise in sea level has become unavoidable and “drastic action” will have to be taken if a 20-metre rise is to be avoided.
European Union population exceeds 508 million The population of the European Union increased by approximately 1.3 million in 2014. Domestic net change was about 200,000 double that of 2013. Net migration was about 1.1 million.
World Population Day is 11 July The theme of this year’s World Population Day on 11 July is “vulnerable populations in emergencies”.
Teenage pregnancy greatly reduced in Colorado After teenagers and poor women in Colorado were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, the birth rate among teenagers decreased by approximately 40 per cent and the abortion rate declined by about 42 per cent.
Men in rural Uganda resist family planning Most men in rural parts of Uganda still refuse to allow their wives to use family planning methods for a variety of reasons.
Ocean ‘acidifcation crisis’ looming A new report published in the journal <i>Science</i> indicates that marine life will be irreversibly damaged unless carbon dioxide emissions are drastically cut.
One-third of Indians in rural areas illiterate Economic and Caste Census data released on Friday indicate that more than one-third of Indians living in rural areas are illiterate.
Young people face ‘housing exile’ Many young people are being “exiled” from the neighbourhoods they grew up in because of a lack of affordable housing.
Prince Charles calls for ‘profound changes’ Prince Charles has stated that “profound changes” to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe.
Japan’s population decline to accelerate The Interior Ministry of Japan has issued projections indicating that the population of the country will decrease by more than 700,000 per year by 2025 and 1,000,000 by 2060.
How to teach population The Guardian Teacher Network has amassed a collection of ideas and resources to help teachers discuss in class some of the challenges associated with global population growth.
China unveils its climate change plan Prime Minister Li Kegiang has stated that China is aiming to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60 – 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.
United Kingdom not ready for population boom The country will soon be home to more than 70 million people, but the government has no plan for their welfare.
Child marriage in Ethiopia Early marriage and pregnancy are challenges faced by many teenage girls in Ethiopia.
Barack Obama interviews David Attenborough The future of Earth was recently thrashed out during an extraordinary meeting between the leader of the free world and the master of the natural one.
Cuba intent on increasing birth rates Cuba’s government is intent on increasing birth rates and providing funding for fertility treatments.
United Kingdom population exceeds 64 million The population of the United Kingdom increased last year by almost 500,000 to approximately 64,596,800, according to the United Kingdom Office for National Statistics.
A world of limited resources Many of Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical levels of depletion or irreversible change as a result of population growth and economic development.
Humans extinct within 100 years? Humans will be extinct within 100 years because Earth will be uninhabitable, according to the late Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner.
Earth has entered a sixth mass extinction Humans are responsible for so many species dying out that we are now in a sixth mass extinction, according to Stanford University scientists.
Two billion people running out of water University of California researchers have found that the world’s groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted.
Pope glosses over role of population growth There is only one brief mention by Pope Francis of the massive global population growth that has taken place during the last few decades in the encyclical on climate change he issued a few days ago.
World’s refugee population at post-WW II high There currently are almost 60 million people displaced by war or repression, according to a new report issued by the United Nations.
Almost half of people in one of 16 countries Nearly half of the world’s population lives in China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand or one of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Countries most vulnerable to population boom A report just released by the Population Institute indicates that the countries expected to have the largest population increases in the coming years are those that are least equipped to handle increases.
Italy ‘almost at zero’ population growth Italy’s population growth rate is almost at zero mainly because of a decreasing birth rate, according to the Italian National Institute for Statistics.
How many Earths do we need? Some have suggested that if everyone on the planet consumed as much as an average United States citizen, four Earths would be needed to sustain them.
Pope states climate change is caused by humans Pope Francis has stated that most climate change is due to human activity and called global warming one of the most important moral issues facing society.
More women in Kenya using birth control The number of women in Kenya using contraceptiion has increased considerably during the past five years, according to the latest Kenya Demographic and Health Survey.
Severity of poverty increasing in Ethiopia The severity of poverty in Ethiopia has increased significantly during the last 10 years, according to a report recently issued by the United Nations Development Programme.
Egypt announces plans to curb population growth The goal of the effort is to get Egyptian women to attain a fertility rate of 2.4 children. Egyptian women currently give birth to 3.5 children on average.
Spring arriving in Britain 11 days earlier Coventry University researchers have found that Spring is arriving in Britain 11 days earlier than in the 19th century. The cause is believed to be climate change.
Desperate for contraception There is a vast unmet need for contraception among young women in Papua New Guinea, according to aid workers in the country.
Population growth not a blessing Lack of understanding and not of knowledge about overpopulation is the main impediment to addressing the issue, according to William Ryerson, the chief executive officer of the Population Institute.
UK to have a larger population than Germany The population of the United Kingdom is projected to increase to approximately 77 million by 2060 whereas the population of Germany is expected to decrease to about 67 million.
WHO expands birth control recommendations The World Health Organization has added a number of long-acting, hormonal contraceptives to its list of globally recommended birth control methods.
Chinese women’s rights group collapses A womenâ€™s rights organisation in China linked to five activists whose detention prompted worldwide concern has been forced to shut down in response to mounting pressure from authorities.
Arctic ice loss linked to extreme weather changes Arctic warming appears to be the prime reason behind fluctuations in the polar jet stream that is causing unusual weather in North America and Europe.
Pakistan’s population growth rate ‘explosive’ From 1950 – 2011, Pakistanâ€™s urban population increased by seven times and the country’s overall population increased by four times. The trend is continuing.
Nigeria’s bulging youth population By 2050, almost one in 10 births worldwide will take place in Nigeria, according to the United Nations.
Most United States residents ‘pro-choice’ For the first time since 2008, significantly more United States residents described themselves as “pro-choice” than “pro-life” when responding to a survey conducted by Gallup.
Maryland bans fracking Maryland has enacted legislation that bans hydraulic fracturing for a period of 2 1/2 years.
New York schools to demonstrate condom use A New York City public school policy change will soon allow for demonstrations of condom use in high school health classes.
Australia suffers as its population grows The Australian Infrastructure Audit issued last week shows that infrastructure expansion needed to keep up with population growth “will result in a huge diversion in Australia’s infrastructure effort away from things that make life better.”
Germany’s birth rate the world’s lowest A new report by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics indicates that Germany has the lowest birth rate in the world.
January – April this year hottest on record The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration has reported that we just experienced the hottest first four months of any year on record.
Fossil fuels subsidised by $10 million per minute Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of approximately US $5.3 trillion (Â£3.4 trillion) per year, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.
Can you afford not being sustainable? Sustainability lies in the core of our economy this becomes evident when taking into account the realistic parameters of economic growth.
The ‘100-year gap’ in education standards A new study indicates that many developing countries have average levels of education that were achieved in many developed countries at the beginning of the last century.
Deforestation in Brazil increasing The number of trees being cut down in Brazil has more than doubled in the last year, according to a report based on satellite photographs just published by the research institution Imazon.
Myanmar requires three-year spacing of children Myanmar has enacted a law that requires women to have their children at least three years apart.
Organic farming ‘benefits biodiversity’ Organic farms act as refuges for wild plants, somewhat offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, according to a study just published by the University of Swansea.
‘Dramatic’ ice loss on the Antarctic Peninsula Satellite photographs have revealed a dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula.
Melinda Gates on reinvesting in family planning The cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation talks about renewed efforts to distribute family planning aid throughout the world.
Income poverty affects a third of UK population Almost one-third of the population of the United Kingdom experienced income poverty in at least one year between 2010 and 2013, according to statistics just released by the Office for National Statistics.
How much is the sea worth? If the world’s seas and oceans were a national economy, how much would they be worth? Approximately US $24 trillion according to a report just issued by the World Wildlife Foundation.
Parents are why teenagers don’t use birth control A majority of United States teenagers who repsonded to a survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy indicated that the primary reason they don’t use birth control is fear of their parents finding out.
Indian Ocean storing up heat from global warming The Indian Ocean has experienced an unprecedented rise in heat content during the past decade due to a transfer of heat from the Pacific Ocean caused by global warming.
Illegal settlers destroying Uganda’s forests Despite government promises to reverse deforestation, illegal settlers are continuing to destroy forest reserves.
The power of sustainability-first design For many companies, social responsibility seems to come as an afterthought. But if product developers are onboard, social responsibility can become the core of a business.
World population / food supply balance unstable As the world population has increased and food demand has grown, globalization of trade has made the food supply more sensitive to environmental and market fluctuations.
Southern Africa at risk of food shortage Southern Africa faces food shortages during the next few months because of severe drought in the “maize belt” of South Africa. Lack of rain has caused crop failure rates of more than 50 per cent.
Candidates not talking about climate change Climate change has yet to emerge as a major issue in the United States presidential election.
Protecting women’s rights in Afghanistan As the Western presence in Afghanistan dwindles, fears are growing that any gains women have made in the last decade or so are at risk.
Poland’s population decreasing A paper just publishded by the European Comission entitled <i>Ageing Report 2015</i> indicates that the population of Poland will decrease by more than five million by 2060.
Population of Iceland on the rise Icelandâ€™s population increased by 700 people in the first three months of 2015 to 329,740. The increase was due to an increase in both birth rates and immigration.
Documentary on child marriage released <i>Together: Ending Child Marriage in Zambia</i> is a short documentary that “asks what can be done to enable girls…to avoid child marriage and fulfill their potential”.
Focusing attention on overpopulation Every day, the world’s population increases by more than 200,000 people.
Taliban ‘soften stance’ on women’s rights The Afghan Taliban have pledged support for womenâ€™s education and the right of women to work in “male-dominated professions”.
Hotels embracing sustainability to lure guests As drought in California and other areas draws increased attention to conservation, hotels are turning to sustainability as a way of both attracting guests and cutting costs.
Iran reports surprise birth rate boom According to the State Civil Registration Organization of Iran, the country is experiencing its greatest birth rate increase in the past 23 years.
World passes critical global warming milestone The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that global concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are now exceeding 400 parts per million a level not reached for millions of years.
Japan’s child population at a record low The number 16.17 million is the lowest for the demographic group since Japan began gathering population data in 1950.
India’s population to exceed China’s by 2028 The government of India has stated that the countryâ€™s population will be greater than China’s by 2028.
Hillary Clinton on women’s rights Hillary Clinton spoke of her views on women’s rights during a speech at the Women in the World Summit recently held in New York City.
Rape victims no longer adulterers in Sudan Sudan has overhauled a law that led to rape victims being put on trial for adultery a crime punishable by jail, flogging or even stoning in that country.
Climate change risk to ‘one in six species’ One in six species on Earth could face extinction if nothing is done to tackle climate change, according to study just published in <i>Science</i>.
Air in half of the United States still polluted High ozone levels and particulate matter plague approximately 138 million United States residents despite recent improvements, according to the American Lung Association.
German population to shrink by 10 million by 2060 Germany’s population is set to decline by about 10 million people by 2060 as immigrants fail to offset a falling birth rate.
Climate change causing more extreme weather Extreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to a study just published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>.
European birth rates increasing A new paper by Oxford University researchers indicates that birth rates in Europe are increasing.
Feeding nine billion By 2050 weâ€™ll need to feed two billion more people. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet?
Two-thirds of pepole lack access to surgery Millions of people are dying from common, easily treatable conditions such as appendicitis, bone fractures and obstructed labor because the individuals do not have access to or can’t afford proper surgical care.
Egyptian birth rate reduced to 3.5 per woman The childbearing rate of Egyptian women has been reduced to 3.5 per woman, according to Egyptian Minister of Population Hala Youssef.
Paris ‘last chance’ for action on climate change Scientists are calling on world leaders to agree to an eight-point plan of action on climate change at landmark talks that will take place in Paris, France in December.
Harvard celebrates sustainability on Earth Day Vendors from in and around Cambridge, MA set up shop on the Harvard University Science Center Plaza on Earth Day to promote sustainable living.
United States funding Ugandan family planning The United States Agency for International Development has announced $20 million in funding for family planning services in Uganda.
Obama addressing climate change on Earth Day President Obama is marking Earth Day on 22 April with a promotion of his climate change policies.
Malawi bans child marriage Malawian President Peter Mutharika has signed into law a ban on child marriage.
Japan’s population falls to 15-year low Japanâ€™s population has decreased for the fourth year in a row, bringing the total to a low not seen since 2000.
Population growth pressures in Australia Australia has the fastest population growth rates among the major developed countries mainly due to a high rate of immigration.
Fight against poverty being lost in Africa Poverty rates are increasing in Africa south of the Sahara desert, despite the regionâ€™s fast-paced economic development in recent years.
Can a city become too big? The number of megacities has been increasing so rapidly in the last few decades that many are experiencing serious growing pains.
Longer-term thinking ‘needed’ on air pollution Warnings about polluted air are now coming so often that only the most severe seem to get anyone’s attention.
Vatican announces global warming summit Catholic officials announced on Tuesday plans for a landmark climate change-themed conference to be hosted at the Vatican later this month.
Indian prime minister addresses climate change From New Delhi to Berlin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently called for his country to take a leading role in addressing the “pressing global problem” of climate change.
China frees women’s rights activists China has released women’s rights activists detained for more than one month without being charged in a case that earned rebukes from the United States, United Kingdom and other countries.
World’s population to grow by 1.1 billion by 2030 The United Nations has released a report indicating that the worldâ€™s population is expected to grow from 7. 3 billion to 8.4 billion by 2030.
More women going childless in the United States The percentage of United States women in their 30s and 40s who are childless is increasing, new data from the United States Census Bureau show.
California’s new era of heat The heat in California for the past 12 months has been like nothing ever recorded in records dating back to 1895.
Women’s rights activists attacked in Afghanistan Amnesty International is calling for authorities to address the number of attacks on women’s rights activists in Afghanistan.
Kansas bans common type of abortion A new Kansas law banning a common second-term abortion procedure is the first of its kind in the United States.
Obama links climate change to public health A new way of talking about climate change â€” linking it to public health â€” was part of a roundtable discussion held on Tuesday at the Howard University College of Medicine.
Climate Education Week approaching Climate Education Week will be from 18 April to 25 April.
Mediterranean Sea ‘zone of plastic debris’ Large quantities of plastic debris are building up in the Mediterranean Sea, according to University of Cadiz researchers.
Food shortages could force global vegetarianism The effect of water scarcity on food production will force radical steps to be taken to feed a population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050.
Millennials want universal access to contraception A survey recently conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute has revealed that young people in the United States favor universal access to contraception by a wide margin.
New York City population growing rapidly New York City’s population is nearly as numerous now as City planners expected it to be in 2020.
Africa’s urban population growing younger The number of young people in many African cities is increasing rapidly in sharp contrast to the populations of young people in cities in many other countries.
Saving girls from the ‘cutting season’ Girls in parts of Tanzania are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation even though the practice is illegal.
Overpopulation and overconsumption in pictures How do you raise awareness about overpopulation? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people some pictures.
Californians ordered to reduce water use California Governor Jerry Brown has imposed mandatory water restrictions on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25 per cent.
Obama offers major blueprint on climate change The White House has introduced President Obamaâ€™s blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by nearly one-third during the next decade.
Population of Sydney to exceed five million The population of Sydney, Australia is set to exceed five million by next year.
Nepal unveils population policy The Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal has launched the countryâ€™s first national population policy.
Indonesia facing overpopulation crisis Indonesia is facing housing, water and food shortages and massive natural destruction.
Indian state to have no population growth The population growth trend of Kerala shows that the state is moving towards zero or even negative population growth in the coming years, according to the Indian Census Directorate.
Antarctic ice shelf thinning speeding up Scientists using data from radar satellites have discovered that floating ice shelves in Antarctica are thinning at an accelerating rate.
World’s forests fragmenting into tiny patches The loss of forest has wrought dramatic consequences for biodiversity and is the primary driver of the global extinction crisis.
Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has fallen to the lowest recorded level for the winter season, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado.
Youth unemployment ‘a timebomb’ The world needs to wake up to “the ticking timebomb” of youth unemployment in developing countries and treat the issue as seriously as humanitarian disasters and global efforts to eradicate disease, United Kingdom Parliamentarians have warned.
Costa Rica getting all electricity from renewables Costa Rica is now getting 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.
Earth is halfway to being inhospitable to life Humanity has exceeded four of the nine limits for keeping Earth hospitable to life, according to Johan Rockstrom, the executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden.
Prince Charles calls for a revolution Prince Charles has called for restructuring of economies throughout the world in order “to save humanity from itself”.
China warned of ‘huge impact’ of climate change Zheng Guogang, the head of the meteorological administration of China, has warned that climate change could have a “huge impact” on the country.
Population growth in Singapore slowing Singapore’s population growth rate last year was 1.3 per cent the slowest in a decade.
Prince Charles calls for end to dumping of plastic The Prince of Wales has made an impassioned plea for action to end the dumping of plastics in the worldâ€™s oceans.
Population growth to outstrip fresh water supply A report just issued by Duke University indicates that global demand for fresh water will outstrip supply as a result of population growth by the middle of this century if current levels of consumption continue.
Iran’s proposed laws to increase population One bill would outlaw voluntary sterilization and block access to information about contraception. Another would force companies to give priority when hiring for certain jobs first to men and then to women who have children.
Climate change is baking Alaska A new report shows that warming in Alaska and the rest of the Arctic is accelerating as the loss of snow and ice cover begins to set off a feedback loop of further warming.
City’s sustainability inspires Prince of Wales’ visit The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will soon visit Louisville, KY to take a tour that will highlight local leaders’ work to create a more healthy, compassionate and sustainable city.
World Water Day on 22 March this year World Water Day is a day on which the world turns its attention towards the more than 750 million people who lack access to safe drinking water.
Arctic sea ice getting thinner faster than expected A recent study has shown that global warming has caused Arctic sea ice thickness to decrease by approximately 65 per cent since 1975.
World running out of burial space Limited burial space is a looming problem in many parts of the world.
Japanese women at a crossroads Most Japanese women are still housewives, but the government is now encouraging women to join or remain in the work force in order to help boost the economy.
Destroying the environment with hamburgers You might not be paying much for that burger, but when you tally up all of the resources â€” land, water, etc. â€” that go into rearing cows, it turns out the environment is actually paying a lot.
Global warming ‘set to speed up’ By 2020 the average temperature rise per decade will be 0.25 degrees Celsius in the Northern Hemisphere more than double the average during the 900 years preceding the 21st century.
Fresh water shortages the next global crises As reservoirs dry up across the world, more than one billion people will have no access to safe drinking water.
Italy’s births at lowest level in 150 years The number of births in Italy per 1,000 people is now 8.4 â€” down from 38.3 150 years ago, according to the Italian Office for National Statistics.
Violence against women ‘remains high’ worldwide Violence against women and girls worldwide “persists at alarmingly high levels”, according to a new report issued by the United Nations.
Florida officials ban use of ‘climate change’ Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials have been ordered not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in official communications, email or reports, according to former DEP employees and consultants.
Global flood toll to triple by 2030 The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple within the next 15 years because of climate change and population growth, according to the World Resources Institute.
Healthy and sustainable food trends Eco-friendly ingredients that offer good nutrition are becoming more popular.
Population of Texas to double by 2050 Texas’ population is expected to double by 2050 to approximately 54.4 million people, according to projections released by State Demographer Lloyd Potter.
Infrastructure boom threatens world’s wilderness The spread of new roads in developing nations is a greater danger to wildlife than the dams, mines, oil well or cities they connect because the roads open up untouched habitats to poachers, illegal loggers and land speculators.
Women shunning family planning in Nigeria A survey recently carried out in Lagos, Nigeria has shown that more than 67 percent of women in the city are not accessing family planning services due to health-related concerns.
Teen pregnancy reduced in Sierra Leone Increased adoption of family planning methods has dramatically reduced both teenage pregnancy and abortion in Sierra Leone.
San Francisco bans sales of plastic bottles San Francisco has just become the first city in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles.
Rainforest loss increased in the 2000s A paper published in the journal <i>Geophysical Research Letters</i> indicates that loss of tropical forests accelerated by approximately 60 per cent during the 2000s.
Combating climate change a moral duty A significant majority of people in the United States believe combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them and world leaders to reduce carbon emissions.
Average age in India to be 29 by 2020 In five years from now, the average age of Indiaâ€™s population will be around 29 years among the lowest in the world.
London’s changing population hotspots The population of the capital of the United Kingdom recently breached 8.6 million, which was the peak set in 1939.
Beijing’s population growth approaches zero The population of Beijing grew by only about 368,000 people in 2014. The population of the city is approximately 21.5 million.
Teenage pregnancies in England hit record low The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue Tackling global warming is not just a global responsibility, argues the leader of the United Kingdom Labour party itâ€™s an economic necessity.
Call for women’s rights at Oscars Patricia Arquette delivered a forceful message for equal rights and pay for women during her acceptance speech for best supporting actress.
College to offer minor in sustainability studies Starting in September, Maryville College in Tennessee will offer a new minor in sustainability studies “designed to complement any major and provide a lens into the economic, environmental and social tiers of any field of study”.
Attenborough calls on Chinese to end ivory trade David Attenborough has joined a host of celebrities, MPs and conservationists who have signed an open letter to Chinaâ€™s president Xi Jinping urging him to act to save African elephants from extinction.
How much are we trashing our oceans? Nearly each piece of plastic still exists on Earth, regardless of whether it’s been recycled, broken down into microscopic bits or discarded in the ocean.
Malawi bans child marriage Malawi has enacted a law banning child marriage and raising the minimum age to 18.
Four out of five scientists agree… A new poll of United States scientists indicates that a large majority of them â€” 82 per cent â€” regard population growth as a major challenge.
Immigration behind Swedish population growth Record high immigration has led to record high population growth in Sweden. Many of the immigrants are Syrians fleeing the fighting in their country.
United States could face a ‘megadrought’ The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a warning indicating that climate change could cause a “megadrought” in the western part of the United States by the end of the century.
International family planning goals not being met Each year the unmet need for family planning results in 54 million pregnancies, 16 million unsafe abortions and 79,000 maternal deaths.
Jimmy Carter: Women’s rights the fight of my life Former United States President Jimmy Carter has said he is going to make addressing “violence and injustice against girls and women” his top priority for the rest of his life.
Only 40 per cent of people live in a free country <i>Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist</i>, a report recently published by Freedom House, indicates that only 40 per cent of the world’s population live in one of the 89 countries the organization has designated as “free”.
Water conservation in California insufficient California water agencies are on track to satisfy a mandate to reduce water consumption 20 per cent by 2020, but their projections show that the savings wonâ€™t be enough to keep up with population growth.
Sustainability ordinance enacted in New Jersey Camden, New Jersey has enacted legislation that requires developers to submit an Environmental Impact and Benefit Assessment to be reviewed by the Camden City Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment before project approval.
How businesses can help address overpopulation As part of their contribution to the Corporate Sustainability Responsibility efforts of their companies, Human Resources departments should encourage sustainable behaviour by employees including limiting family size.
Ways to solve global warming The Global Calculator allows you to explore a slew of scenarios and assumptions about energy, food, transportation and farming to see how they’d affect global warming.
Global warming causing more extreme storms A study just published by researchers in the United States indicates that global warming is causing more extreme storms to occur.
Population of Toronto exceeds six million Torontoâ€™s metropolitan population has breached six million and Montrealâ€™s has exceeded four million, according to Statistics Canada.
Understanding Europe’s population shift Despite economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe, people are still migrating to the Northwest.
‘Low-carbon’ approach to development needed United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for countries to take a “low-carbon” approach to development in the coming years in order to minimize climate change.
The world’s most sustainable city A dynamic financial hub with a strong green ethos, Frankfurt, Germany is the world’s most sustainable city, according to Consultancy Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index.
UAE president calls for conservation President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates has called on individuals to “contribute positively in shouldering the responsibility to preserve the environment”.
Saudi Arabian women’s rights conference Saudi Arabiaâ€™s University of Qassim recently played host to one of the biggest womenâ€™s rights conferences in the Arab world, but without a single woman in attendance.
A good way to address climate change A new report by the University of California Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health states that improving access to family planning services is a cost-effective strategy way to address population growth, food insecurity and climate change.
Soaring human population and climate change We rarely hear about the need to stabilize soaring human population growth, but this is at the root of many of our problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss.
Overpopulation is killing the world’s biodiversity As human population has skyrocketed, so has the rate of wildlife extinction. Species are going extinct at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate.
London’s population largest in its history The population of London, UK yesterday officially reached the largest number in its history with more than 8.615 million people now living in the city.
Increasing population threatening the Sunderbans The carrying capacity of the Indian Sunderbans has been exceeded and the increased population is exerting pressure on the richest ecosystem in the world, according to a new World Bank report.
World map reflects country populations A global map that reflects the population size of each country was recently updated.
Unintended pregnancy in the United States States in the United States with more people who oppose abortion rights tend to have lower abortion rates, but in some cases higher rates of unintended pregnancies, according to a new study published by the Guttmacher Institute.
Risk of extreme weather doubling Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to a study just published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia.
Population of Beijing exceeds 21.5 million The mayor of Beijing plans to curb the city’s population growth and alleviate related traffic congestion and pollution by moving out of the city or closing some 300 companies and scores of markets.
Renewable resources reach their limits Researchers in the United States and Denmark have analysed the production and extraction rates of 27 global renewable and nonrenewable resources â€” fish, meat, milk, etc. â€” and found that many reached their peak a few years ago.
Brazil facing worst drought in 80 years Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira of Brazil has said the country’s three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930.
The hazards of too much stuff On average, each family in the United States has 39 pairs of shoes, 90 videos, 139 toys, 212 compact discs and 438 books or magazines, according to a recent University of California study.
Decrease in teenage pregnancy rates Teenage pregnancy rates have decreased considerably during the past few decades in developed countries, but remain relatively high in some.
The effect of population growth on climate change Human population growth increases consumption and thereby increases the amounts of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
Climate and population are linked The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently stated that poulation and economic growth “continue to be the most important drivers of increases in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion”.
The cost of raising a child in Britain The average cost of raising a child in Britain increased by almost Â£2,000 during the last year to approximately Â£230,000 (US $345,000), according to the Center of Economic and Business Research.
New US Congress threatens family planning United States foreign aid to family planning clinics in developing countries is expected to be cut when committees of the Republican-controlled 114th Congress begin work.
Russia’s population still growing The population of Russia increased from 143.7 million to its current size of just under 144 million during the past year.
Arctic sea ice slipping away In the 1980s, approximately 26 per cent of the Arctic ice pack was four years old or older. Now only about 10 per cent is.
Future United States population growth United States Department of Energy researchers have developed a population distribution model that provides predictions of where people will live in the United States in the coming decades.
Family planning trends to watch for in 2015 This year is expected to bring significant developments in family planning.
Pope supports family size choice Pope Francis has stated that Catholics do not have to be “like rabbits” and are free to choose the size of their families.
Florida’s population overtakes New York’s Florida now has more residents than New York and thus has become the third most populous state in the United States, according to the United States Census Bureau. Only California and Texas have more residents.
Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ crossed Scientists have published a paper indicating that the extinction rate, deforestation, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the flow of contaminants into the ocean have exceeded sustainable levels.
Pope urges action on climate change Pope Francis has called for action to address global warming, saying that “man has slapped nature in the face”.
Danes agree to make more babies People in Thisted, Denmark have agreed to have more children in order to justify keeping open underpopulated schools, nurseries and leisure facilities.
2014 warmest year on record Last year was the warmest year on record, with global temperatures 0.68 degrees Celsius or 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term average, accoridng to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Environmental degradation putting life at risk Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, according to two new studies.
Turkey unveils plans for more babies Turkeyâ€™s government has unveiled a reform package intended to realize President Recep Tayyip Erdoganâ€™s ambition for married couples to have more children to counter a slowdown in population growth.
Hunger gnaws at Burundi’s soul War, poverty and overpopulation have left approximately two-thirds of the residents of Burundi facing chronic food shortages.
The case for having just one child There are many good reasons for having only one child, among which is that doing so is best for the environment.
Ethiopia striving to reduce its population growth The government of Ethiopia is seeking to rein in the country’s population growth by bringing the fertility rate down from its current level of 4.1 per cent to 2.6 per cent by 2020.
Upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris The United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held later this year in Paris, France from 30 November to 11 December.
All of the countries in which the pill is free A map showing all of the countries â€” China, France, South Africa, India, the United Kingdom, Argentina, etc. â€” in which the pill can be obtained at no cost.
Studies indicate a bleak future for wildlife Stanford University biology professor Rodolfo Dirzo, bowing to the evidence he and a team of scientists examined and published in a review of current scientific literature, dubbed this the era of <i>Anthropocene defaunation</i>.
Methane plume over the western United States Methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxode, has been spotted leaking from approximately 40,000 gas wells in New Mexico.
United States population tops 320 million The Census Bureau of the United States projected the countryâ€™s population to be 320,090,857 as of 1 January, adding that this represented a 11.35 million person or 3.67 per cent increase since 1 April 2010.
Philippines’ climate change vulnerability higher More people living in the Philippines has worsened pollution, deforestation and waste problems, according to a new Filipino government report.
2014 was the hottest year on record The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping by far. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration is expected to make a similar announcement shortly.
2015 sustainability predictions Eleven experts share their views on bringing technology to bear and hammering out a rational carbon pricing strategy in order to increase sustainability.
Leaders in denial about climate change Sir David Attenborough is calling on global leaders to step up action to curb climate change, saying that they are in denial about the dangers global warming poses.
Why humans could die out Sir David Attenborough has warned that the human race faces dying out unless we tackle the worldâ€™s booming populations.
Jane Goodall’s devastating predictions for 2050 In 2012, the <i>New York Times</i> asked Jane Goodall to state whether the Earth would be a better or worse place by 2050. Three of the most dire predictions she made have already come true.
The high cost of population growth The Australia Institute has estimated every extra 400,000 Australians require an additional 61 public primary schools, two public hospitals, 25 residential aged-care homes and 145,000 homes.
The effect on fertility of the Iraq War The eight-year-long war in Iraq caused adolescent fertility in the country to increase by more than 30 per cent in response to an increase in early marriage.
Norwegian population ‘growing at record speed’ The population of Norway is growing at an annual rate of 1.1 per cent. Two-thirds of the growth is due to immigration.
Crusading against child marriage In the developing world, one in three girls are married before they turn 18 and one in nine marry before they’re 15.
Arctic warming twice as fast as world average Scientists studying climate change have stated that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.
This year’s top sustainable business stories From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanityâ€™s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them.
Petition against Chinese one-child policy filed A petition signed by more than 10,000 Chinese calling for an end to the one-child policy has been sent to the National Peopleâ€™s Congress and Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council.
Antarctic glacier recession ‘unprecedented’ Glaciers around the Antarctic Peninsula are melting faster than ever before despite increased snowfall, according to a study recently published in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i>.
Call for family planning for the planet The Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based economic and environmental thinktank, is calling for expanded access to family planning as a way of minimizing climate change.
India’s birth rate decreases Indiaâ€™s birth rate declined dramatically in the last two decades due in part to increased female literacy, according to a new study published by the Population Foundation of India.
Chipping away at family planning programs The federally funded family planning clinics in the United States that are supposed to offer a safety net for low-income citizens are in crisis because they have not received an increase in funding in five years.
‘Relentless decline’ in Arctic environment A report just issued by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates that the Arctic “keeps losing snow and ice (and) absorbing more heat”.
Australian population density map published The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a detailed geographic map of population density in Australia.
Malaysian youth marrying too young Many young people in Malaysia are getting married too early, putting their health and wellbeing at risk, according to a report recently issued by the United Nations.
Bridging the family planning gap in Nigeria According to the new Nigerian <i>National Demographic and Health Survey</i>, 85 per cent of women in the country have knowledge of contraception but only 10 per cent make use of it.
The low cost of reducing maternal deaths Spending only US $25 per woman per year on reproductive health services would dramatically reduce maternal and child fatalities and give women the ability to have smaller, healthier and more productive families.
Ghana to benefit from reduced birth rate The National Development Planning Commission of Ghana has stated that the reduced birth rate being experienced in the country will be of great economic benefit to the nation.
A condom a day keeps the doctor away In Uganda the average woman gives birth to six children, contraceptive use remains low and new HIV infections are hitting an all-time high. “Female condoms and womenâ€™s reproductive rights are the way to go,” according to a new UNFPA report.
How Pakistan’s women are punished for love In a country fighting to preserve patriarchal and tribal traditions, Pakistan’s women can face brutality and even death if they fall in love with the wrong person.
US and India to announce joint climate action The United States and India will unveil joint efforts to counter climate change when President Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month.
Agreement reached at UN climate meeting United Nations members meeting in Lima, Peru have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change. Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted during a summit next year.
Bishops call for an end to use of fossil fuels Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use.
Fracking poses risks to reproductive health People living near fracking operations should be monitored to assess the risk of the chemicals used to reproductive health, University of Missouri scientists have stated.
The leaders who understand sustainability Faced with unprecedented challenges, leaders of tomorrow see sustainability as a core part of running a business.
World faces ‘climate tragedy’ United States Secretary of State John Kerry at the United Nations climate talks currently underway in Lima, Peru has stated that the world is “on a course leading to tragedy”.
Germany commits to alternative energy With Germany’s recent reaffirmation of its carbon emissions reduction goal of 40 percent by 2020 and its commitment to phase out the use of coal, the country is now leading the world with an aggressive and unparalleled climate action plan.
Global accord on climate change in sight Diplomats from 196 countries are “closing in” on the framework of a potentially historic deal that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions.
Quebec’s slow population growth Data released yesterday by the Quebec Statistics Institute indicate that the population of the Canadian province grew by less than 1 percent during the last year.
Month of Action on Population in Vietnam The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has launched the 2014 National Month of Action on Population, which aims to maintain a low birth rate for the sake of the sustainable development of the country.
Global population boom almost certain According to recent United Nations projections, the number of people living on Earth could exceed 10 billion by the end of this century.
Global warming not a priority to many A global poll of more than 6.5 million people has placed climate change at the very bottom of a long list of priorities, with the finding being consistent across both genders, almost all age ranges, all education levels and in most regions of the world.
Conference addresses Nigeria’s population Speakers at the Third National Family Planning Conference in Abuja, Nigeria called for reigning in the nation’s “explosive” population growth in order to help address education, health, security, employment and other issues.
Mapping rainforests to fight climate change The goal is to use rainforests to help save the planet by turning them into what is essentially a storage container or “sink” for the worldâ€™s most prominent greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
United Nations climate talks in Lima World leaders are gathering in Lima, Peru for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
New York City creates Office of Sustainability New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has created a new agency the Office of Sustainability and named Clinton White House veteran Nilda Mesa its first director.
How well are we fighting population growth? Fertility rates around the world are not declining as quickly as they must in order to bring about a near-term peak in population levels.
Warmest year on record predicted This year so far has been been the warmest on record and will be unless December is unusually cold.
Carbon emissions: past, present and future An interactive timeline showing the worldâ€™s top 20 emitters of carbon dioxide since the dawn of industrialisation.
World population predicted to soar Recently the United Nations revised its population projections the world population is now expected to increase to 9.6 billion by 2050 and 10.9 billion by 2100.
What’s wrong with what we eat New York Times food writer Mark Bittman discusses what’s wrong with the way we eat too much meat, too few plants and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.
European Union limits use of plastic bags The European Union has approved a measure that reduces the use of plastic bags handed out in retail stores. The measure is expected to reduce the number of bags used by 75 per cent during the next decade.
Population growth our number-one problem You don’t need to be a ‘greenius’ to know that our numbers are growing too fast for planet Earth, so why aren’t we doing anything about it?
New laws needed to protect wildlife from decline Legal restrictions on habitat destruction and pollution are often the only things that stand between species and their extinction.
Risk from extreme weather set to rise Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, according to a report just issued by the Royal Society.
Fossil fuels have to stay in the ground The worldâ€™s fossil fuels “obviously” have to stay in the ground in order to prevent global warming, Barack Obamaâ€™s climate change envoy has said.
Nearly half of Syrian population needs aid More than 12 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, according to a new United Nations report.
Family planning should be voluntary and safe The recent deaths of women following sterilisation in India have highlighted the need for family planning to be both voluntary and safe.
Climate fund receives US $9.3 billion pledge Thirty nations have pledged US $9.3 billion for a fund to help developing countries cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.
Top three bilateral donors to family planning The United States, United Kingdom and Netherlands provide the most funding for international family planning programs.
Family planning involving men empowers women A report just issued by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University indicates that “a relatively small adjustment in family programs can change perceptions about women’s rights”.
More Rwandan women embracing family planning The number of women and girls using modern contraception in Rwanda has increased significantly in the past one year, according to a new Family Planning 2020 report.
Nearly 30 per cent of world population obese The McKinsey Global Institute has released a report indicating that almost 30 per cent of the global population is obese, costing the world approximately $2.1 trillion annually.
CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 The world must cut carbon dioxode emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the United Nations has warned.
Developing countries must invest in youth Governments in rapidly developing countries must invest in their burgeoning youth populations in order to avoid an array of potential problems including unemployment, political unrest and alcohol and drug abuse, according to a new United Nations report.
World youth population swells to record 1.8 billion In a report released on Tuesday, the United Nations Population Fund estimates that the global population of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 has hit an historic high of 1.8 billion.
Census shows surge in Uganda’s population Uganda’s population has grown by 10.7 million in the last 12 years to 34.9 million, preliminary results of a recent national census have revealed.
India has world’s largest youth population With 356 million 10- to 24-year-olds, India has the world’s largest youth population, despite having a smaller population than China, according to a report just issued by the United Nations.
The end of the population pyramid With lifespans short and mortality rates high, children were always the most numerous group and old people the least, but now what was the population pyramid has become a cone.
World crosses ‘malnutrition red line’ The recently published <i>Global Nutrition Report</i> indicates that every nation except China has “crossed a ‘malnutrition red line’, suffering from too much or too little nutrition”.
One-dollar contraceptive to be distributed An agreement that will make contraceptive injections costing $1 available to women in 69 of the world’s poorest countries has been signed.
Great Britain likely to miss 2030 climate goal A new report released by Imperial College London indicates that if Great Britain wants to keep its carbon emission reductions on course, itâ€™s going to need to make some significant policy changes.
Warmest oceans ever recorded This past summer saw the highest global mean sea surface temperatures ever recorded since systematic measuring started in 1854.
Plant-based diet best for the planet A paper published by University of Minnesota scientists presents numbers that suggest eating less meat, less refined fat and less sugar would reduce the climate change impacts of food production.
A new population paradigm? Wolfgung Lutz of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Human Capital believes that increased rates of education will mean population will stabilise at around nine billion by the end of this century.
World governments failing Earth’s ecosystems Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planetâ€™s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the worldâ€™s leading conservation organisation has warned.
The climate change solution no one talks about Studies have shown that improved access to birth control can be a valuable tool in slowing global warming, but many politicians are afraid to broach the subject.
Population explosion in Pakistan Rapid population growth is a major problem confronting Pakistan as it lies at the centre of the countryâ€™s social, economic and political problems.
Population control critical to climate solution Ecologist Paul Ehrlich says the solution to climate change is universal access to birth control, abortion on demand and the end to what he calls “the disease” of growth economics.
Humans wiped out moa Just a small population of human settlers caused the extinction of the moa in New Zealand, Otago and Canterbury University researchers have found.
While human population grows, wildlife declines George Plumb, the Executive Director of Vermonters for Sustainable Population, comments on the doubling of human numbers and halving of wildlife numbers during the last 40 years.
Poor women hurt the most by population growth Population growth is expected to be greatest in developing countries â€” countries in which women often are treated as second-class citizens. This threatens to deepen the plight women already are facing â€” especially those who are poor.
Abu Dhabi population doubles in eight years Surging growth and development in Abu Dhabi have almost doubled the emirate’s population during the last eight years, according to the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi.
International family planning aid up in 2013 A report recently released by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that from 2012 to 2013, funding for international family planning programs increased by 19 per cent to approximately $1.3 billion.
Runaway urban growth fuels violence Research by security and development groups suggests that the violence plaguing many Latin American and African cities may be linked to the breakneck speed at which urban areas have grown in the last 20 years.
How to save the planet? Doctors should be encouraging people to have smaller families for the sake of the environment, according to Pippa Hayes, a general practitioner based in Exeter, UK.
Don’t underestimate family planning Family planning throughout the world is enormously consequential and the benefits do not take long to materialize.
Fossil fuels must go by 2100 The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, according to a report just published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Finding a worldwide solution to population Voluntary birth control is “the most hopeful strategy for a planet that is running low on food and potable water”, according to Alan Weisman, the author of the recently published book <i>Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth</i>.
Alarm on ocean acidifcation sounded Sir Mark Walport, the chief scientist of the United Kingdom, has stated that, “If we carry on emitting CO2 at the same rate, ocean acidification will create substantial risks to complex marine food webs and ecosystems”.
New world population projections issued by UN The United Nations Population Division has issued a statement indicating that there is an 80 per cent probability the worldâ€™s population will be between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by 2100.
United Nations focuses on desertification The United Nations has announced a new initiative called Action Against Desertification, which is aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.
Horse-trading on climate change The political horse-trading that took place prior to the European Council reaching agreement on the European Unionâ€™s Climate and Energy Package for 2030 is a harbinger of things to come on the wider international stage.
No way to stop human population growth? Research recently completed at the University of Adelaide in Australia indicates that a combination of family planning programs and education for women is the most effective way of reducing population growth.
Population decline not an environmental quick fix A new study published today in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> suggests that reducing the Earthâ€™s human population wouldnâ€™t be a “quick fix” for environmental problems.
Sustainability is ‘all about efficiency’ Rhonda Clark, Vice President of Environmental Affairs of UPS, the largest shipment company in the world, discusses methods of maximizing sustainability.
New UN report on climate change issued Climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft United Nations report due for approval this week.
Nigerian states promoting family planning The governments of 20 states in Nigeria have begun pilot programs intended to reduce maternal fatalities by strengthening family planning throughout the country.
EU to cut greenhouse gas emissions European leaders have agreed to a broad climate change pact obliging the European Union as a whole to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030.
World population by latitude and longitude An interactive map that estimates world population at any set of geographic coordinates is now available online.
Population expected to rise rapidly this century The world population will rise to 8.3 billion by 2030 and to 9.2 billion by 2050, according to a new report by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital.
How many are too many? Experts struggle to quantify the maximum sustainable human population size of the planet.
World population likely to peak by 2070 World population will likely peak at around 9.4 billion around 2070 and then decline to around nine billion by 2100, according to new population projections by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis researchers.
World population could hit 12 billion An international research team believes the world’s population by the end of this century could increase by up to three billion more people than has been predicted.
Amazon deforestation picking up pace Figures released by Imazon, a Brazilian nonprofit research organisation, show that there has been a 190 per cent increase in land clearance in August and September in comparison with the same period last year.
What if the world’s population were 11 billion? Paul Hanley, author of <i>Eleven</i>, answers questions about what we might expect if United Nations projections that predict our population will reach 11 billion by 2100 hold true.
UK facing an ‘agricultural crisis’ Intense overfarming has left only about 100 harvests in the soil of the United Kingdom’s countryside, according to a study just published by the University of Sheffield.
India launches air quality index The index will measure eight major pollutants that impact respiratory health in cities with populations exceeding one million in the next five years and then gradually cover the rest of the country.
Tackling the population taboo The objections faced by those who speak out about overpopulation can be categorised as follows: overpopulation is a myth; carrying capacity is within our control; and growth will solve the problem of growth.
World Vasectomy Day – 7 November The Day is intended to “inform people about vasectomies, bring these services to those furthest afield and to inspire men to engage in the conversation about family planning”.
Is sex only for rich people? The United States is turning into a two-track society when it comes to the availability of family planning services.
How family planning saves taxpayers billions Publicly funded family planning services help low-income Americans avoid serious health conditions while saving billions of dollars each year, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute.
Perspectives on Africa’s 2050 population boom Africa’s population is expected to go from being 15 per cent of the worldâ€™s to 25 per cent by 2050.
National Fertility Awareness Week approaching National Fertility Awareness Week, an annual event in the United Kingdom, will be from 27 October to 2 November this year.
Nobel laureates call for change in resource use Eleven Nobel laureates are pooling their clout to sound a warning by declaring that mankind is living beyond its means and darkening its own future.
Pollution in China 20 times the safe limit Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China are pushing pollution to more than 20 times safe levels, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.
One per cent of people own half of wealth The richest 1 per cent of the worldâ€™s population owns nearly half of global assets, according to Credit Suisseâ€™s latest annual <i>Global Wealth Report,</i> which was published yesterday.
Call for greater family planning in Ghana John Agyekum Kufuor, the former president of Ghana, has called for increased use of family planning methods in order to curb overpopulation and reduce poverty.
Devastating effects of climate change Even moderate temperature and sea level increases would have devastating effects throughout the world.
Report illustrates city population booms The number of “megacities” in the world is expected to grow from 28 to 41 in the next 35 years, according to a new report by the United Nations.
Is low fertility really a problem? A study just published in the journal <i>Science</i> indicates that “moderately low fertility and population decline favor…standard of living.”
China’s water dilemma Water-stressed China faces a dilemma between safeguarding food production and releasing water to a thirsty population.
Youths increasingly taking on caregiver roles Adolescents increasingly are spending their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness or substance misuse.
‘Collectively’ sustainability platform launched Collectively, a digital platform designed to connect people, inspire action and bring about change has been launched by Google, Unilever, Nestle and other companies to “make sustainable living the new normal”.
Namibian population to reach 3.4 milllion by 2041 The Namibia Population Projections just released by the Namibia Statistics Agency indicate that the population of the country will increase from 2.2 million to 3.4 million or by 63 per cent by 2041.
Warning about rising sea levels issued Rising sea levels are causing more frequent high-tide floods even on completely clear days on the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States, according to a report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Which species can we least afford to lose? Climate change and human intervention are accelerating the Earth’s loss of biodiversity. Which species should we focus on saving?
Indonesia’s family planning program revitalized The Indonesian government is undertaking efforts to revitalize the countryâ€™s once world-leading national family planning program.
What next for water and sustainability? Water whether too little, too much, too dirty or too exploited is fast emerging as one of the greatest global threats.
Building momentum for reproductive health Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of international development.
Global biodiversity targets not being met World leaders are failing to live up to their pledges to cut the rate of habitat destruction, according to the the first-ever progress report on targets to slow biodiversity loss by the end of the decade.
Can the Earth provide for our growing population? New projections of escalating population growth highlight the disparity between humanityâ€™s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.
The global male population problem Demographers are warning that an increasing number of men throughout the world will not be able to find work or a wife in the future.
Global sustainability discussed at UN With a new sustainable development agenda as the focus of this yearâ€™s annual General Assembly debate, African leaders called on the United Nations to take into consideration the continentâ€™s specific realities and challenges.
Climate change and family planning Our impacts grow as our numbers grow â€” gains in the efficiency of, for example, air conditioners can be outmatched by growing numbers of air-conditioned houses and cars.
Where is the family planning? If all of the women in the world who wanted family planning could get it, there would be a 30 per cent drop in maternal deaths and a 40 per cent decrease in newborn deaths, according to the United Nations Population Fund.
Population growth ‘potentially catastrophic’ Mankind is facing two colossal challenges in the 21st century climate change and overpopulation but widespread concern is focused only on one of them.
How business can fight climate change Canadian Broadcasting Corporation science commentator Bob McDonald discusses ways in which businesses can help to fight global warming profitably.
Annoucement on deforestation made at UN Among the commitments to emerge from the United Nations Climate Summit last week was a promise to end destruction of the world’s forests by 2030 and funnel more than $1 billion in aid to countries in which forest conservation is most needed.
Population of Africa to quadruple by 2100 The new United Nations <i>State of African Cities</i> report indicates that the population of Africa wil quadruple by the end of the century.
Climate change isn’t the problem – population is Mutual funds columnist Paul Farell has stated that “the human race is in a suicidal rush to self-destruction…population is out of control worldwide.”
Population of Singapore now 5.5. million The Singapore National Population and Talent Division announced today that the population of the country has reached 5.5. million.
Smaller population called vital to US economy Nationally syndicated political and economic columnist Joseph Cotto has written a piece in which he states that “population stabilization might be a difficult reality to face…nonetheless, it is long since time to embrace the concept.”
US pledges climate change leadership Barack Obama on Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit pledged United States leadership in the area of climate change.
China pledges greenhouse gas emissions cuts China for the first time has pledged to take firm action to tackle climate change, saying it aims to make deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts by 2020.
Leonardo DiCaprio gives climate change address Famed actor and United Nations Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio opened the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday by urging the delegates attending to take strong action.
UN predicts new global population boom A new study suggests that the worldâ€™s population will keep rising through 2100 and not stabilize around 2050 as has been widely assumed.
Father of 26 promoting family planning Kouayou Kouayou, an Ivory Coast resident who has fathered 26 children with four wives, is now promoting family planning because “if you space the babies, they are born healthier and it is better for the women”.
Push to improve women’s rights in Gambia The European Union has intensified its campaign to reduce violence against women and enhance their economic status in Gambia.
Climate change to take center stage in New York Climate change will take center stage in New York City next week with a number of events intended to bring attention to global warming.
World population to hit 11 billion by 2100 A new study overturns 20 years of consensus on a peak of nine billion and then a gradual decline.
Red card for ‘greenest UK government ever’ The government of the United Kingdom is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of members of Parliament has said.
Twenty-five famous women on childlessness Quotes from Oprah Winfrey, Katharine Hepburn, Cameron Diaz and other famous women about not having children.
Hottest August on record This past August was the warmest since 1881, the first year in which records were kept, according to new data released by NASA.
Underfed drop by 100 million globally in a decade A report just published by the United Nations indicates that the number of undernourished people in the world decreased by approximately 100 million during the last 10 years.
Climate change activists organize for march Activists seeking “a world safe from the ravages of climate change” are planning a New York City march to draw attention to changing global weather patterns two days before a United Nation summit to discuss the issue.
Women’s rights group wins top UN honour The 2014 winner of United Nations Nansen Refugee Award is the Colombian women’s rights group Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future, whose members risk their lives to help victims of forced displacement and sexual abuse.
Population growth undermining living standards The traditional link between population growth and economic growth has been weakened in the United Kingdom, according to academics at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.
2050 weather forecasts United Nations mock weather forecasts from the year 2050 illustrate the effects climate change will have on daily life in different areas of the world.
Climate change to increase pests in coffee crops Pests and diseases such as coffee berry borer, coffee rust and leaf spot disease could make a strong comeback due to drastic climate change, according to Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International researcher Peter Baker.
‘Confusion’ about family planning Women in the in the north west of the United Kingdom face “confusion and stigma over contraceptive choices”, according to a survey conducted for Sexual Health Week.
Kenya recruiting clerics to promote family planning The Kenyan government is asking religious leaders to promote family planning in a bid to reduce child mortality.
Kevin Rudd issues climate change warning Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned of the severe consequences of ignoring climate change.
Population threatens Pakistan not politics According to economists and demographers, the explosion that endangers Pakistan’s future is not political but demographic.
Trillions of plastic bits in Arctic ice A study published in <i>Earth’s Future</i> indicates that much of the plastic dumped into the oceans each year ends up in Arctic ice.
Climate change may limit chidlren’s time outdoors Hazardous conditions brought about by climate change â€” extreme heat, poor air quality, etc. â€” may limit the amount of time children can spend playing outdoors in the future.
More than half of US adults unmarried Unmarried people make up more than half of the adult population in the United States for the first time since the federal government began compiling marriage statistics in 1976.
Climate change treaty to be drafted online In the Spring of 2015 thousands of university students will participate in online negotiations to draft a comprehensive treaty on climate change ahead of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Why men need to know about family planning Many men think they are less responsible than women when it comes to family planning issues, but having men involved makes family planning more effective.
UK childcare subsidy to be increased As many as 1.9 million working families in the United Kingdom will benefit from a childcare subsidy worth up to Â£2,000 per child that will go into effect in September 2015.
Hillary Clinton speaks about global warming Hillary Clinton recently stated that global warming “is the most consequential, urgent and sweeping…challenge we face”.
Target and Wal-Mart team up for sustainability Wal-Mart and Target have cohosted a forum at which they jointly urged beauty and personal care product manufacturers “to to be more transparent about the chemicals that go into their products and to better define what constitutes a sustainable product”.
New documentary on climate change released <i>Disruption</i>, a film intended to “highlight the consequences of ignoring climate change”, has been released in advance of the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit on 23 September.
Energy efficiency drive to tackle climate change The European Union is undertaking an energy efficiency drive in order to address global warming by reducing carbon emissions.
Polar vortex linked to climate change A new study suggests that the shrinking amount of ice in the seas off of Russia is causing parts of North America, Europe and Asia to experience more frequent and stronger visits of cold air from the Arctic.
Promises about climate change expected at UN World leaders are expected to promise to address climate change at the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit, which will be held in New York City on 23 September.
Air in urban areas in Russia ‘highly polluted’ A majority of Russia’s urban population is breathing air in which pollutant concentrations are 10 times above acceptable levels, according to a report just issued by the Russian national weather and environment service.
Ratio of men to women in Dubai three to one Statistics collected by the Dubai Statistic Centre show that 75.77 per cent of Dubaiâ€™s population of 2.2 million are men. The cause is the large proportion of foreign workers living in Dubai, most of whom are male.
How the global population boom began The Industrial Revolution often is credited with kicking off the world’s human population explosion, but a report recently issued by Emory University indicates that “the essential groundwork to support our growth” was laid 1,500 – 2,000 years ago.
Greenhouse gas fear over meat production Research done at Cambridge and Aberdeen Universities suggests that greenhouse gas emissions from food production will increase by 80 per cent if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.
Swiss population growth rate high Switzerland experienced a 1.3 per cent population growth rate in 2013 â€” one of the highest rates in Europe â€” making the total population of the country 8,139,600.
Climate change to ‘ruin Hawaii’ According to a report just published by the University of Hawaii, the islands of Hawaii and others in the Pacific will be “unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter, arid, stormy and even disease-ridden”.
Population of Oman to rise by 60 per cent by 2040 The National Centre for Statistics and Information of Oman has published a report indicating that the population of the country will increase by 2.4 million or 60 per cent during the next 25 years.
Brazil population now 202 million The population of Brazil is now more than 202 million, according to figures just released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.
Half of Syria’s population displaced by war A report issued by the United Nations today indicates that approximately half of the population of Syria has been displaced by civil war.
Beijing’s booming population risking instability Beijing government officials are concerned that rapidly increasing rural migrants may overtax the city’s infrastructure in the near future.
Economic abundance & shrinking population Perhaps one of the most common myths around today is the notion that a shrinking overall population naturally causes or leads to economic decline.
Shrinking population a bad thing? Adair Turner, a member of the UK’s Financial Policy Committee and House of Lords, argues that “a stable or slightly declining population would likely be optimal for human welfare” and that “for the world as a whole, it is a desirable goal”.
Some climate change impacts now ‘inevitable’ A leaked draft United Nations report on climate change indicates that “failure to heed…scientific advice regarding fossil fuel emissions have made large-scale climatic shifts inevitable”.
Global food system disruption within 10 years The world is headed “down a dangerous path” with disruption of the global food system likely within a decade as climate change undermines nations’ ability to feed themselves, according to a senior World Bank official.
Climate change policies ‘pay for themselves’ A study recently conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers indicates that “the cost of slashing coal-fired carbon emissions would be offset by reduced spending on public health”.
New contraceptive available in Africa A long-lasting, single-dose contraceptive has been introduced in Burkina Faso and within the next few months will be available in several other African coutries as well.
Global warming ‘worsening, dangerous’ A United Nations science panel has issued a report indicating that “human influence on the planet’s climate is clear” and having “widespread and consequential impacts on human and natural systems”.
Karachi, Pakistan thirsting for water Water shortages have become critical in Karachi, Pakistan. Existing sources are providing only about half of the amount needed.
Population and climate change ‘close relations’ Scholars are noting that reducing global warming would be easier if population growth were reduced.
Philippines ‘roiled’ by limited family planning The Philippines is experiencing a population explosion caused in part by limited access to contraception and family planning advice.
Zimbabwe seeking reduced birth rate The government of ZImbabwe is undertaking measures to reduce the birth rate in the country in the interest of “aligning it to the country’s economic growth rate”.
Half of all people in one of six countries Half of all of the people in the world live in one of only six countries: China, India, Brazil, the United States, Pakistan or Indonesia.
Flooding in the UK linked to population growth Research conducted at Southampton University has revealed that “the number of reported major flood events has increased…in parallel with population growth and a boom in building in vulnerable areas”.
Global warming affecting cities’ air quality Global warming is causing ozone levels in cities around the world to increase.
Climate change hindering South Asian economy South Asia is at risk of losing up to 8.8 per cent of its GDP by 2100 due to severe weather caused by climate change, according to a newly published Asian Development Bank report.
School sustainability programs ‘can save millions’ Schools in Marshall County in West Virginia have saved approximately $7 million since 2000 by implementing sustainability measures.
Waves of population displacement in Iraq Hundreds of thousands of people have fled areas in which fighting has recently taken place in Iraq.
Online access to women’s rights resources free Facebook and Internet.org have created an app that provides free Internet connectivity in Zambia for accessing womenâ€™s rights resources.
Today is Earth Overshoot Day 2014 Today is the day on which global consumption this year will exceed the predicted production from renewable resources for the whole year.
July fourth hottest month on record Last month globally was the fourth hottest on record, according the United States National Climatic Data Center. Only the Julys of 2005, 2010 and 1998 were warmer.
Climate change altering flow of Missouri River A report just published by the United States Geological Survey indicates that global warming is altering the flow of the Missouri River, which is the longest river in the United States.
Most indigenous Mexicans impoverished According to figures recently relased by the Mexican National Statistics Institute, approximately three quarters of the 14.8 million indigenous people in Mexico are living in poverty.
Quarter of world population to be African by 2050 A quarter of the world’s population will be African within 35 years, according to a new report issued by UNICEF. Much of the population boom is occurring in the poorest and most fragile countries.
Townspeople relocated due to climate change The approximately 1,000 residents of Choiseul, a town in the Solomon Islands, are being relocated due to rising sea levels caused by global warming.
Melting glaciers show human influence A study recently conducted by Canadian and Austrian researchers has confirmed that the increased melting of the world’s ice glaciers is the result of human activity.
Report on contraception use by teenagers issued A report entitled <i>Adolescents and Family Planning: What the Evidence Shows</i> has been published by the International Centre for Research on Women.
Chinese droughts attributed to climate change Severe droughts in a number of parts of China have been attributed to global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
More subsidised family planning needed in US According to a report just issued by the Guttmacher Institute, the number of US women in need of publicly funded family planning services exceeds 20 million.
Niger’s ‘runaway’ birth rate a ‘disaster’ Although an estimated 2.5 million people out of a total of 17 million in Niger have no secure source of food, the birth rate of the country 7.6 children per woman â€” is the highest in the world.
African population to be four billion by 2100 A new report issued by UNICEF indicates that the organization expects the population of Africa to reach four billion by the year 2100.
New Zealand’s population growth accelerating New Zealand’s population is growing at its fastest rate in more than a decade, according to data published today by Statistics New Zealand.
Iran bans permanent contraception Iran’s parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception in an endorsement of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s call for more babies to be born to “strengthen national identity” and counter “undesirable aspects of western lifestyles”.
Indonesian family planning program ‘revitalized’ The Indonesian government, through the National Population and Family Planning Board, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to revitalize the stagnant national family planning program.
Penn State receives sustainability award Pennsylvania State University has received the American Public Power Association’s 2014 Sustainability Award for not only “historic achievements in sustainability but…ongoing strategies for a more sustainable future for the University”.
Austrian winegrowers promoting sustainability The Austrian Winegrowers Association has launched an online tool which allows producers to assess their sustainability practices, with a view to creating a full certification programme by next year.
Climate change logo created Milton Glaser, who created the famous “I [heart] NY” logo in 1977, has created a logo “to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change”.
Organic farmers focus on global warming How farmers can help to address global warming was a major theme at the 40th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Conference held last week in Amherst, MA.
Summit on women and climate held in Bali The Global Greengrants Fund and International Network of Womenâ€™s Funds recently held a four-day conference to discuss the relationship between gender and climate change issues.
Michelle Obama promotes African women’s rights United States First Lady Michelle Obama, while speaking at the recent Young African Leaders Initiative conference, urged attendees to advocate for women’s rights in their home countries.
Methane escaping from Arctic Ocean Swedish researchers have found that methane, which is approximately 20 times as potent as carbon dioxode at trapping heat, is now escaping into the atmosphere from the Arctic Ocean.
Climate change refugees given asylum A family has been granted residency by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal of New Zealand after claiming to be threatened by climate change in their home country of Tuvalu.
Indian minister calls for population stabilization Jitendra Singh, the Science Minister of India, has called for population levels to be stabilised in order to address climate change and environmental degradation.
New York State prepares for climate change New York State has enacted the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, which affects infrastructure ranging from bridges and parks to wastewater management systems and covers projects that need government funding or permits.
Reducing carbon by curbing population A number of recent studies have shown that curbing population growth would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Kenyan population to be 65 million by 2030 The population of Kenya is expected to exceed 65 million by the year 2030, according to a report issued by the World Bank.
Climate change damaging European forests A report published by the European Forest Institute indicates that damage from wind, bark beetles and wildfires has increased significantly in Europeâ€™s forests in recent years due to climate change..
Meat consumption causing global warming Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from so-called “factory farming” are contributing to global warming.
Myths about addressing climate change A new report has shown that “prompt, effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” could prevent much of the potential damage from climate change “at relatively modest cost”.
Effect on climate change of family planning A new Worldwatch project, the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment, is intended to shed light on how increased access to voluntary family planning services can support environmental sustainability.
UK infrastructure strained by population growth The huge population growth sparked by mass immigration is straining the UK’s infrastructure and lower living standards, according to a report by Cambridge economics expert Robert Rowthorn.
USAID funds family planning in Malawi The United States Agency for International Development has awarded a $2,500,000, three-year grant to Adventist Health Services to train health care workers and expand provision of family planning services in Malawi.
White House addressing climate change The Obama administration this week announced partnerships with corporations such as Microsoft, IBM and Monsanto on food and water security, “big data” and sustainability.
Population of South Africa exceeds 54 million The population of South Africa is now more than 54 million, according to statistics just issued by the government of the country.
Impact of climate change on public health shown The Australian Academy of Science has shown the effects of global warming on extreme weather events, infectious diseases and food security.
Two billion people ‘near or living in poverty’ The United Nations has issued a report indicating that more than 2.2 billion people worldwide are “either near or living in poverty”.
Wildlife loss prompting child slavery More labour is needed to find food as numbers of wild animals decrease in many countries a University of California study has shown that child slaves are often used to fill the need.
India to plant two billion trees The Rural Development Ministry of India has unveiled a plan to hire as many as 300,000 youths to plant two billion trees along highways in the country.
Women in the UK waiting longer to have children The Office for National Statistics of the UK has reported that the average age of first-time mothers in the country is 30. The average age was 26 in 1975.
Environmental impact of meat production A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes the damage the production of beef, chicken, pork and other types of meat does to the environment.
Female genital mutilation measures announced UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced measures intended to end female genital mutilation.
Seminar addresses LGBT family planning A seminar was recently held in Indianapolis to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual families with marriage and family planning.
Global natural resource depletion ‘critical’ Natural resource researcher Dr. Richard Oppenlander has published a study indicating that “we have 50 – 60 years of top soil use, and with climate change, we have a 50- to 75-year range before things become unbearable”.
‘Human dynamics of climate change’ mapped The UK Met Office has published an assessment of the effects of climate and population change.
UK recognizes threats posed by population growth The UK Department of Defense has issued a report outlining the threats posed by continued global population growth.
Cap on UK child benefit proposed Policy Exchange, a thinktank based in London, has proposed limiting the UK child benefit to four children per household.
Even unilateral climate action favored in US A survey conducted by the Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication has shown that 62 per cent of US residents favor even unilateral action to address climate change.
Rate of global warming increasing A study conducted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revealed that “changes in the Earth’s climate are increasing”.
Tanzania increases funding for family planning The government of Tanzania has increased its funding for family planning programs by 250 per cent in the past year.
Comprehensive climate change report issued The American Meteorological Society has issued a report indicating that “global temperatures are continuing to rise while extreme weather patterns worsen”.
California imposes fines for wasting water Water regulators in California recently approved fines for washing cars, watering lawns or hosing down sidewalks after studies showed that residents had increased their water consumption despite calls for cutbacks amid the state’s severe drought.
Sustainability not affecting purchasing decisions Only about one-third of consumers regularly consider sustainability when making purchasing decisions, according to a global study recently conducted by Accenture and Havas Media RE:PURPOSE.
White House announces climate initiatives President Obama has announced a series of climate change initiatives aimed at guarding the electricity supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks as sea levels rise.
Sustainability forum held inTaiwan The Taiwan Sustainability Summit was held ths week to explore energy transition strategies for Taiwan and share Germany’s experience in addressing energy and environmental issues.
Organic meat, dairy and eggs not sustainable A study conducted by the British government yielded no evidence that organic farming has less of an impact on the environment than conventional farming does.
Germany pledges $1 billion to UN climate fund The government of Germany has pledged $1 billion to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, which was setup to help developing countries address the effects of global warming.
‘Tornadoes of fire’ linked to climate change Climate change is responsible for more frequent and larger forest fires, such as the ones now plaguing the Northwest Territories in Canada, according to a University of Alberta Professor of Wildland Fire.
Climate change worriers not conserving electricity A study commissioned by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change has revealed that there is only a “weak trend” to show that people who profess to be concerned about climate change do much to cut their energy use.
Population of Azerbaijan exceeds 9.5 million Some 67,300 children were born in Azerbaijan within the first six months of 2014 and the population of the country is now greater than 9.5 million.
Report outlines steps for curbing climate change A report prepared for a United Nations conference on climate change to be held in September outlines steps necessary for keeping climate change from becoming extreme.
Climate change increasing natural disasters The World Meteorological Organisation has issued a report indicating that climate change is causing a significant increase in the number of natural disasters taking placing around the world.
Climate conference for children held in Uganda The International Climate Change Conference for Children in Uganda brought together more than 200 child delegates representing countries throughout the world.
Health concerns preventing contraception use Concerns about health risks often cause married women in developing countries not to use contraception, according to a study published by the Guttmacher Institute.
Deforestation rampant in Indonesia A study conducted by the World Resources Institute has shown that “between the years of 2000 and 2012, (Indonesia) lost 38 per cent of its primary forest”.
Air-quality standards not being met in the UK The air quality in some of the largest cities in the UK is unlikely to meet EU standards before 2030, according to a report just issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Shortages force maternity ward closures Many hospitals in England have had to shut their maternity wards during the past year because there were insufficient staff or beds.
More than half of all people now living in a city A survey conducted by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has shown that more than half of the people in the world now live in an urban area.
US & China sign climate change agreements China and the United States, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, have signed pacts to reduce emissions.
Corporate sustainability body launched in the UK Today marks the launch of the first professional body for people working in sustainability in the UK, the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
World Population Day observed The theme of World Population Day this year was “investing in young people”.
Global warming now a health issue The New Zealand Health and Climate Council has stated that “climate change is one of the greatest risks to human health”.
Free contraception reduces teen births A program that provides free contraceptives to low-income women contributed to a 40 per cent decrease in the teen birth rate in Colorado during a five-year period.
Climate change ‘biggest Welsh issue’ A survey recently conducted by the Welsh government has shown that people in Wales believe that “the biggest issues facing future generations in (the country)…are climate change, the natural environment, jobs and skills”.
New world map illustrates population growth ODT Maps has published a map that shows how population has changed throughout the world during the last 10 years.
UK economy unharmed by climate policy Samuela Bassi and Dimitri Zenghelis of the Grantham Research Institute argue in a new report that climate change policies have not hampered the performance of the economy of the UK.
World Population Day to be observed on 11 July The United Nations’ World Population Day is observed annually on 11 July to reaffirm the right to family planning.
Pope calls deforestation a sin Pope Francis has called deforestation a sin and asked all Catholics to respect Godâ€™s Creation.
China planning to cap carbon emissions He Jiankun, Deputy Director of Chinaâ€™s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, recently stated that the Chinese government intends to place “an absolute cap” on carbon emissions.
Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon The United Nations has issued a statement suggesting that Syrian refugees could soon make up more than one-third of the population of Lebanon.
Psychological effects of climate change assessed A study sponsored by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica indicates that there will be severe psychological and sociological consequences to climate change.
US loaning $4 billion for clean energy projects The United States Department of Energy has announced that it will make $4 billion in loans available for sustainable energy projects.
Carbon-tracking satellite launched NASA has launched a satellite that will be used to inventory where and how carbon is absorbed and released across the Earth in order to obtain more information about climate change.
Vegetarians causing far less global warming A study just published by Oxford University indicates that in the United States people who eat meat are responsible for twice as many carbon emissions as vegetarians and three times as many as vegans.
Pueblo civilization collapse due to overpopulation A study by Washington State University researchers has revealed that overpopulation led to the collapse of Pueblo civilization approximately 800 years ago.
Consumers willing to pay more for sustainability According to a report recently published by Nielsen, consumers throughout the world are willing to pay more for sustainable products.
Global warming risk 'catastrophic' Former US Treasury Secretaries Henry Paulson and Robert Rubin today called for drastic action to address the “catastrophic” risk associated with global warming.
US contraception mandate struck down The United States Supreme Court has ruled that companies cannot be forced to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods they equate with abortion.
Tropics most vulnerable to climate change A report recently issued by the Tropical Marine Science Institute in Singapore indicates that countries in the tropics are the most vulnerable to climate change.
UNFPA head addresses gender-based violence UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin today called for “urgent and intensified efforts” to end gender-based violence and discrimination.
Report on unmet need for family planning issued A special issue of the journal <i>Studies in Family Planning</i> devoted entirely to the topic of the unmet need for family planning services throughout the world has been published.
Corporate sustainability progress evaluated <i>Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability</i> evaluates how well hundreds of the largest companies in the United States are integrating sustainability into their practices.
UK population exceeds 64 million The UK Office for National Statistics has issued a report indicating that the population of the country has exceeded 64 million and is the fastest-growing in Europe.
UK infrastructure vulnerable to global warming A report issued today by the Institution of Civil Engineers indicates that infrastucture in the UK is “well behind where it should be” and therefore vulnerable to the effects of global warming.
US mayors call for action on climate change The US Conference of Mayors has called on the federal government to enact legislation that provides a framework and funding for the implementation of a comprehensive national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Family planning in Malawi found inadequate The shortage of adequate family planning services in Malawi are contributing towards rapid population growth in the country, according to speakers at a conference recently held by the Family Planning Association of Malawi.
World population to reach eight billion by 2024 GeoHive researchers have concluded that current population trends show that the population of the world will increase to eight billion by 2024.
Climate change increasing air pollution exposure Stanford University researchers have found that climate change is causing longer periods of air stagnation in many major cities, thus increasing exposure to hazardous air pollution.
May 2014 hottest May on record The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for May 2014 was the highest for May since record keeping began in 1880, according to NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Economic effects of global warming reported A report issued today by a bipartisan coalition of senior political and economic figures in the US describes the economic effects that continued global warming will have.
Air conditioners now raising temperatures Heat from air conditioners now raises some urban temperatures by more than 1 degree Celsius at night, according to a report recently issued by Arizona State University researchers.
UK MPs criticise marine conservation efforts The United Kingdom Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee has stated that the development of conservation zones to protect marine habitats around the UK has been too slow.
Energy systems vulnerable to climate change A new World Energy Council report indicates that rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will play havoc with the world’s energy systems as climate change becomes more pronounced.
Desertification in India becoming widespread Indian Minister for the Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has stated that desertification is affecting approximately one-fourth of the land in India.
Global refugee population surging The number of people displaced by conflict and persecution has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the era immediately after World War II, according to a report just issued by the United Nations.
Population growth slower in Kenya A report just released by the Kenyan National Council for Population and Development indicates that population growth in the country has slowed to a rate of 2.9 per cent per annum.
Population boom creates housing shortage A recent population boom in parts of Texas has caused a shortage of available homes in those areas.
Deforestation leaving fish starving Deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish, according to a study just published by the University of Cambridge.
Obama proposes expansion of marine sanctuary President Obama today announced his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities.
Russian population growth reaches record high Russian Minister of Labour and Social Protection Maxim Topilin has announced that the rate at which the Russian population is growing has reached a record high.
Wisconsin reaches renewable energy goal early The government of Wisconsin in 2006 enacted a law calling for the state to get 10 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015 â€” the government today announced that the goal has already been met.
Forced marriage illegal in England and Wales A law making forcing people into marriage a criminal offence in England and Wales has come into effect.
Azerbaijan’s population exceeds 9.5 million The population of Azerbaijan has increased by .4 per cent since the beginning of the year and is now more than 9.5 million, according to a report issued by the State Statistics Committee.
Iraq refugee population increases by 300,000 The United Nations has announced that the refugee population in Iraq increased by approximately 300,000 during the last week as people fled for safety from fighting between government forces and Islamic militants.
Pakistani clerics asked to promote family planning Speakers at a conference on population growth in Pakistan have called for making efforts to promote family planning in the country more effective by engaging religious leaders.
Drought causing a mass exodus in Djibouti Persistent droughts dating back to 2010 have begun causing people to flee from rural areas in the country of Djibouti in vast numbers.
Population of Ireland reaches 6.4 million Census information from both sides of the Irish border has been combined for the first time to show that the total population is 6.4 million.
Resource extraction becoming unfeasible A new scientific report drawing on the work of the world’s leading mineral experts forecasts that our extraction of critical minerals and fossil fuel resources is reaching the limits of economic feasibility.
Solar and coal to cost the same in China Wuxi Suntech Power expects the cost of electricity from solar modules to match that of electricity from coal-powered stations in China by 2016.
Nigerian displaced population largest in Africa A new report shows that Nigeria now has the largest internally displaced population in Africa and the third largest in the world.
Population growth limits for large Chinese cities Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated that he is going to impose limits on population growth in large cities in China as part of an effort to promote domestic migration to smaller urban centres.
Air pollution linked to irregular heartbeat Research conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has linked air pollution to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in one’s lungs.
China to limit carbon emissions China, which emits more greenhouse gases than any other country, is planning to limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade.
Nepalese conference on population to be held The first Nepalese National Population Conference is scheduled to begin on Thursday with a theme of “communicating population for development planning”.
Floating city to address overpopulation unveiled A designer has revealed plans for a floating city in which residents would travel in submarines and electric vehicles.
Canadians invited to celebrate Environment Week Minister Aglukkaq marked the beginning of Canadian Environment Week 2014 by inviting Canadians to reflect on the importance of protecting and preserving their rich, natural heritage.
Japan stands by immigration controls Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated that increased immigration will not be permitted despite Japan’s shrinking population.
Pakistan population estimated to be 188 million The projected current population is 188.2 million, of which youth makes up approximately 56 per cent.
Report suggests a mass extinction is underway According to new research published in the journal <i>Science</i> this week, plant and animal extinctions are happening at a rate one thousand times greater than before humans walked the Earth.
UK summer flash floods to become more frequent, study shows Flash flooding in summer is likely to become much more frequent across the UK as a result of climate change, with potentially devastating results in vulnerable areas, according to new research.
UN stands behind push to reduce child marriage UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcomed the first African Union campaign to end child marriage launched in Addis Ababa today.
US unveils sharp curbs on coal power plants The Obama administration has proposed strong new rules targeting coal-burning power plants in an effort to curb global warming.
Zimbabwe: ‘stop using contraceptives’ Zimbabwean Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede has urged Zimbabweans to stop using contraceptives, saying that contraceptives are a ploy by powerful nations to retard population growth in Africa and thereby weaken the nation.
Big money for Niger’s child brides Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, and is struggling to stop the practice.
Iran’s focus on increasing population could damage women’s rights Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for a population increase â€” critics worry that this move could restrict access to contraception and harm women’s rights.
UK population to grow by four million in a decade England’s population is expected to rise by nearly four million in a decade, according to official figures.
Migration surge hits EU as thousands flock to Italy There has been a significant rise in the numbers of migrants reaching Europe in recent months.
EPA carbon rules could speed US shift from coal The Obama administration’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions from US power plants could accelerate the nation’s shift from coal to natural gas and renewable energy.
Extinction rates soar to 1,000 times normal Species on Earth are going extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they would be without human influence, new research finds.
Japanese births decline to a new low Japan’s population decreased by a record 268,000 people last year, with preliminary figures showing just more than one million births in 2014.