Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Family planning best carbon offset, says charity

    3 December 2009

    Family planning is eight times cheaper as a way of tackling global warming than solar power and four times less costly than wind power, according to the sponsors of a radical new carbon offset initiative.

  • A cry for help from Ethiopia in face of climate change

    3 December 2009

    Climate change is hitting the world's poorest countries, the people least able to cope, according to a new case study on Ethiopia.

  • Humanity now demanding 1.4 Earths

    26 November 2009

    It would now take nearly one and a half Earths to generate all the resources humanity consumes and absorb all our CO2 emissions, according to the latest Ecological Footprint and biocapacity calculations. These figures are based upon source data from 2006, the most recent year for which such data are available, and are released on the eve of the Copenhagen climate conference by the Global Footprint Network.

  • Women must be enrolled in climate campaign, says UN

    17 November 2009

    Women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, concludes The State of World Population 2009 report, released today.

  • Family planning back on the agenda

    15 November 2009

    In an attempt to refocus world attention on family planning, and its contribution to development, population and environmental problems, over 1,200 leading policy-makers, academics and health professional are meeting in Kampala, Uganda, from 15-18 November. It will be the largest meeting on the topic since the Cairo Conference on Population and Development, 15 years ago, and reflects a new concern about these issues in the light of climate change and the growing pressures on natural resources, including water and food security.

  • New factbook charts Africa's human development trends

    29 October 2009

    If current population and consumption trends continue, Africa's Ecological Footprint will exceed its biocapacity within the next twenty years, while a number of countries, including Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania, are set to reach that threshold in less than five years, according to a report issued today by Global Footprint Network and key partners.

  • Earth Overshoot Day comes round again

    25 September 2009

    Unlike governments, nature doesn't do bailouts. Yet as of 25th September, humanity will have placed more demand on ecological services - from filtering CO2 to producing food, fibre and timber - than nature can provide in this year, according to Global Footprint Network calculations. From now until the end of the year, we will meet our demand for ecological services by depleting resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • Lancet calls for action to slow population growth

    18 September 2009

    The respected British medical journal The Lancet today called for providing contraception to the world's 200 million women who currently lack access to it as a way to "slow population growth and reduce demographic pressure on the environment."

  • EU overtakes US as world's biggest population donor

    2 September 2009

    The European Union has for the first time surpassed the United States as the single greatest donor of population assistance worldwide, even as total such spending declined, according to a new report.

  • Water crisis threatens famine in Asia, says UN

    17 August 2009

    Asia faces an unprecedented food crisis and huge social unrest unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested in better irrigation systems to grow crops for its burgeoning population, according to a UN report.