Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Global population to pass 10 billion by 2100: UN

    9 May 2011

    The world’s population is projected to surge past 9 billion before 2050 and then reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century if current fertility rates continue at expected levels, according to United Nations figures unveiled on 3 May.

  • New food system needed to feed world's growing population

    25 January 2011

     A new report, published by Foresight, the UK Government’s futures think tank, argues for fundamental change to the global food system, and beyond if a rapidly expanding global population is to be fed over the next 40 years.

  • Hong Kong is living far beyond its ecological means

    22 January 2011

    Hong Kong residents are living way beyond the Earth's means, according to  a new assessment by the Global Footprint Network and WWF.  But, despite living so heavily on resources from abroad, there are a number of available measures which would reduce this pressure and achieve a one-planet Ecologial Footprint, the report says.

  • World population reaches turning point

    3 January 2011

    World population has reached a transition point: the rapid growth of the second half of the 20th century has slowed, but numbers will reach 7 billion in 2011.

  • China's ability to feed its people questioned by UN expert

    24 December 2010

    Shrinking arable land making it harder to maintain agricultural output, says UN expert Olivier De Schutter, as food prices rise in China.

  • Population growth damages Australian standard of living

    15 November 2010

    Data released recently by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggest that those states with the highest rates of population growth are performing worse in terms of per capita economic growth.

  • Population trends: an influence on climate change

    19 October 2010

    Changes in population growth and composition, including ageing and urbanization, could significantly affect global emissions of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years, according to a new study.

  • US biodiversity centre to hand out free condoms

    1 February 2010

    The US-based Center for Biological Diversity, with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, has launched an Endangered Species Condom Project. This aims to distribute free condoms throughout the country, in six different packages featuring endangered species, with the goal of raising awareness about overpopulation's serious impacts on the planet.

  • Population charity attacks 'disgraceful misrepresentation'

    17 December 2009

    The Optimum Population Trust today criticised development groups for "wilfully misinterpreting" its recently launched PopOffsets initiative, under which individuals can offset their carbon emissions by funding family planning services in the developing world.

  • New website explores food security challenge

    14 December 2009

    A new website - www.foodsecurity.ac.uk - has been launched to explore the issues around the looming challenge of feeding a global population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, and the world-class UK research already underway to help avert a potential crisis.