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Cairo's broken promises

The 10th anniversary of the UN Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in October 1994, saw much agonising over its impact, and the chances of fulfilling its hard-won Plan of Action by 2015. Here, John Rowley, who edited the first population conference newspaper in Bucharest, in 1974, sums up their findings. ... more

Growing concern over China 's 'missing millions'
This website was among the first to highlight the problem of 'missing girls' in China. Now the Chinese authorities are stepping up their efforts to combat the continuing sex imbalance in the newborn, which could have severe social and economic implications for China's future. Ma Guihua reports from Beijing. ... more

Women power will shape Mongolia�s future
by Don Hinrichsen

Contributing Editor, Don Hinrichsen, recently made an extended visit to Mongolia, where he found that the improved status of women is having a remarkable impact on this remote and sparsely populated Asian country, sandwiched between Russia and China. This is his special report. ... more

New flows of environmental refugees
Ten years ago, Norman Myers produced an influential report in which he said that the world was experiencing a rising tide of environmental refugees, of which he estimated there to be some 25 million. That situation is with us still, both as a human tragedy and a symptom "that modern civilization is out of sync with the earth's natural resource systems" says Lester Brown, in this topical review. ... more

The earth in peril, scientists warn
The earth has entered a new geological era in which humans are a dominating force, and the result could be catastrophic unless precautionary action is taken now. ... more

Humans and other species
In his latest book, Sparing Nature, Jeffrey McKee, Professor of Anthropology at Ohio State University in the United States, argues that there is a fundamental connection between population growth and the destruction of the earth's biodiversity. Here he summarises these findings ... more

The Indian numbers game
by Nitin Jugran Bahuguna

In several Indian states, average family size has been reduced to between two and three children, and the �total fertility rate'
(measuring the number of children a women can expect to have in her lifetime) continues to decline across the country. Why then is India's current population growth rate still a ause for concern? Nitin Jugran Bahuguna reports. ... more

Environmental footprints: a tale of two families
by Don Hinrichsen

Every family on the planet has its own impact on the global environment and the natural resources it contains. Here Don Hinrichsen looks at the 'ecological footprint' of two contrasting families. ... more

Remember Rwanda? - A special report by James Gasana
by James Gasana

The Rwanda genocide of 1994 seemed inexplicable at the time. But a study of links between extreme environmental degradation and the enormous violence that occurred between Hutus and Tutsis could have important implications for stressed populations in other regions. Here, James Gasana, Rwanda's Minister of Agriculture and Environment in 1990-92, and Minister of Defence in 1992-93 shows how half a century of rapid population growth, land degradation, inequitable access to resources, political power struggles, famine, and betrayal, led to an ethnic bloodbath. ... more

A "snapshot" of populations in Asia
by Sidney Westley

The demographic transition has been more rapid and more dramatic in Asia than in any other part of the world. Fueled by economic growth and the diffusion of new ideas and health and family planning technologies, both mortality and fertility have declined in every country of the region. ... more

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