Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Pakistan offers free schooling to one-child families

    3 August 2006

    Pakistani families that have only one child will have that child's education paid for by the government under a novel plan to try and bring down the country's rapid population growth, Reuters reports.

  • Deserts can become solar power houses, says UN

    19 June 2006

    The world's deserts are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils. Desert margins and so called 'sky islands' - mountain areas within deserts that have been important for people, wildlife and water supplies for millennia - are under particular threat, according to Global Deserts Outlook, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  • Taiwan heading for zero population growth

    13 June 2006

    The population of Taiwan, now about 23 million, is projected to stabilise in 10-15 years - faster than had previously been forecast. Not everyone in that country is welcoming the fact as this report from the China Post shows.

  • A second baby? Russia's mothers aren't persuaded

    29 May 2006

    Cash for babies is the Kremlin's offer to women in its latest bid to reverse a population decline that threatens to leave large swaths of Russia virtually uninhabited within 50 years.

  • Haiti census reveals worrying trends

    25 May 2006

    Haiti's first census for 24 years has revealed some worrying trends. Not only are a third of Haitains unemployed, less than a third of the country's school age children attend primary school.

  • Philippines population slows but still 'not sustainable'

    17 May 2006

    The Philippines annual population growth slowed down to a rate of 1.95 per cent last year, prompting economic authorities to say that this puts poverty reduction goals within reach of being met.

  • Africa seeks solutions to degraded soil

    5 April 2006

    Population pressure is forcing African farmers to grow crop after crop, depleting the soil of nutrients and lowering yields from the land, according to a study by the International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC). Africa's population is projected to more than double from 885 million to 1.8 billion by 2050. The study was presented at the African Fertilizer Summit last week. The following report was provided by the Environment News Service.

  • South Korea to spend $20 billion to boost births

    4 April 2006

    The South Korean government is to spend $20 billion to raise the country's birth rate, the lowest among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development members, to fuel economic growth, it was reported yesterday.

  • New census shows China has added 40 million

    23 March 2006

    China's population was 1,306,280,000 on November 1, 2005, according to the latest census report released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on March 16. The number, which excludes Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, was estimated to reach 1,307,560,000 by the end of 2005.

  • Development efforts must include family planning

    21 February 2006

    Development projects designed to improve maternal and child welfare in Africa may incur unexpected costs associated with increases in family size if they do not include a component of family planning, according to new research from the University of Bristol.