Population Pressures : features
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13 August 2012
In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles. We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.
4 August 2012
Twenty years after People & the Planet magazine was launched at the first Earth Summit to track progress in averting an environmental catastrophe - as the planet heats and its natural resources are plundered – Don Hinrichsen presents a sobering report card on the hesitant steps so far taken as time runs desperately short.
16 July 2012
As the dust settles on last week’s London Family Planning Summit it is becoming clear that this event has a good chance of giving a promising new start to the century-long battle to bring informed choice over child-bearing to women everywhere – poor as well as rich.
2 July 2012
A few days ago Rio+20, the global mega-gathering on the planet’s sustainable future, published an outcome document that contains no reference to population or to family planning. (The Vatican, it seems, was driving the consensus.)
14 June 2012
The pace of fertility decline in sub-Saharan Africa will be the single most important factor in whether the global population reaches the UN's high projection of nearly 11 billion in 2050, or remains closer to the low projection of 8 billion. But recent signals from sub Saharan Africa present a mixed picture.
23 January 2012
If forecasters could draw isobars outlining human suffering, then the high pressure zone of human pain would surely be in the failed, and failing states, along the Sahel, and across to Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, says Professor Malcolm Potts. This powerful Commentary is a wake-up call for new strategies to avert an environmentally-induced human catastrophe.
30 December 2011
The floods which have devastated huge tracts of Mindanao island in the Southern Philippines, with the known loss of over a thousand lives and many more families rendered homeless or still missing, was a disaster waiting to happen says our East Asia correspondent, Henrylito Tacio
26 October 2011
Sir John Sulston, Nobel prize-winning biologist and chair of the Royal Society’s ongoing study into People and the Planet, warns here that population must not be ignored if we are avoid a ‘vast human tragedy'.
20 October 2011
As the world marks its highest ever human population of 7 billion, on October 31, the question “How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?" is once again being asked. Here, demographer Carl Haub, presents his latest estimate: 108 billion.
9 September 2011
For almost as long as I can remember we have been saying that the United States, with 5 percent of the world’s people, consumes a third or more of the earth’s resources. That was true. It is no longer true. Today China consumes more basic resources than the United States does.
- Goodbye to Planet 21
- Voices from Planet 21
- Commentary: 20 years on - and time runs desperately short
- Melinda Gates helps family planning make a fresh start
- Nine strategies to stop short of nine billion population
- COMMENTARY: The case for family planning that Rio+20 forgot
- Mixed signals for Africa's population growth
- We are using 50 per cent more natural resources than planet can sustain
- Arab grain imports rising rapidly
- We must stabilise the human population says Royal Society
- UN drinking water target met - but sanitation still falls short
- 215 million women still have unmet need for family planning
- Rising number of farm animals poses environmental and public health risks
- Civilisation faces 'perfect storm of ecological and social problems'
- World cannot sustain increasing population growth: UN report