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US fertility reaches 35-year high
For the first time in 35 years, the US fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation's unique status among industrialised countries, reports Rod Stein in the Washington Post. ... more

Africa's rural poor face 'perfect storm'
Africa�s rural poor are facing a �perfect storm� of rising food prices, climate change and population growth, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns. She urged the international community to take more concerted action to help the continent�s most vulnerable people. ... more

Boy preference fuels new Chinese baby boom
China, the world's most populous country, its resources already straining to meet the needs of 1.3 billion people, is expected to undergo a baby boom this year, according to this report from Beijing in The Times (London) by Jane Macartney. ... more

Fresh population concerns in Africa
Recent reports from Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso show that concern over rapid population growth is once again becoming a matter of public concern. The latest census report from Burkina Faso shows that the population is growing increasingly rapidly, with women bearing an average of seven children. ... more

China sends mixed message on one-child policy
Mixed messages are coming out of China over its controversial one-child policy. While in part of Central China fines for wealth couple evading the family planning laws are to be raised, the authorities in East China's Zhejiang Province have loosened their one-child policies to encourage couples to have their second child earlier to ease the problems created by an ageing society. ... more

India heading for 2 billion population
A new assessment of India's population prospects has concluded that its numbers will almost certainly be near 1.8 billion by 2050 and could top 2 billion by the end of this century unless fertility rates decline more rapidly in India's largest and poorest states. ... more

Malnutrition's deadly toll revealed
Malnutrition plays a role in the deaths of about 16,000 young children every day, virtually all of them in the developing world, according to the latest PRB Data Sheet on the state of the human population. ... more

Science chief : 'cut birth rate to save Earth'
Chris Rapley, the new head of the Science Museum in London, UK has an uncompromising view about how global warming should be dealt with: get rid of a few billion people. ... more

Poor countries losing out on family planning benefits
A new World Bank report warns that poor countries, wealthy donors, and aid agencies are losing sight of the value of contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health programmes in helping to boost economic growth. ... more

Act now to curb the global 'youthquake' says report
The planet faces a 'youthquake', with the biggest generation of young people in history, and unsustainable population growth, says a report published to mark World Population Day. It says urgent action is needed to restrain that growth through voluntary family planning - or governments may one day be forced to set limits. ... more

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