Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Australians 'in denial over rising population'

    14 January 2009

    The United Nation's Population Fund is concerned that population growth in Asia averages 1.1 per cent a year. Australia, as a First World country, should have a much lower growth rate. It does not. By the end of the Howard era, our annual population growth had risen to a stunning 1.5 per cent: almost off the First World scale and high even for Third World countries. (Indonesia's, by contrast, was then 1.3 per cent, but has recently come down, with much effort, to 1.2 per cent.)

  • Footprint report reveals Hong Kong's ecological deficit

    12 January 2009

    At 4.4 global hectares per person, Hong Kong residents have an Ecological Footprint twice that typical for China as a whole. Hong Kong also has one of the greatest ecological deficits in the world, according to Hong Kong Ecological Footprint Report: Living Beyond Our Means. The report details Hong Kong's resource use and its role in the overall ecological picture of China - a country that now ties with the US as the largest user of the world's biocapacity.

  • Iguana killings highlight island conservation challenge

    25 November 2008

    The killing of seven rare blue iguanas in Grand Cayman Island earlier this year has drawn attention to the vulnerability of island species as development activity and growing human numbers put more pressure on these fragile ecosystems.

  • Gender gap is blocking development says UN

    17 November 2008

    The gender gap is continuing to widen in many countries, with devastating impact on development efforts, according to the latest World Population (2008) Report. In many societies the rights of women and girls are violated or at best ignored.

  • Ecological credit crunch: we cannot bank on nature

    29 October 2008

    The world is heading for an ecological credit crunch as human demands on the world's natural resources reach nearly a third more than earth can sustain.

  • Seven billion people by 2012 says latest projection

    20 October 2008

    World population is projected to reach 7 billion in 2012, according to the US Census Bureau - up from 6 billion in 1999.

  • Fast growing India faces ecological crunch

    15 October 2008

    As the world grapples with the escalating effects of the financial crisis, ecologists are pointing to another mounting - and unsecured - debt: a growing gap in India between the amount of natural resources the country uses and how much it has.

  • Earth Overshoot Day falls ever earlier

    23 September 2008

    According to Global Footprint calculations, today (September 23, 2008) is Earth Overshoot Day: the day our demand surpasses nature's budget, the day when humanity will have consumed all the new resources the planet will produce this year.

  • Too many people, too much stuff

    8 September 2008

    Paul Ehlich, famous for his book The Population Bomb and subsequent publications and campaigning on population, resources and environmental issues, has written a new book with Anne Erhlich entitled The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment. Here he sums up his latest thinking on the subject.

  • Demographic divide between rich and poor worlds widens

    26 August 2008

    The demographic divide - the inequality in the population and health profiles of rich and poor countries - is widening. Two sharply different patterns of population growth are evident: Little growth or even decline in most wealthy countries and continued rapid population growth in the world's poorest countries.