Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Water engineers speak out on population pressures

    12 May 2008

    The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, CIWEM, has added its voice to those who are now calling for a fresh awareness of the population-sustainablity problem.

  • Yemen faces population-resources crisis

    20 March 2008

    Yemen's painful struggle to build a modern state may be overwhelmed by rampant population growth, dwindling resources, corruption and internal conflicts, writes Alistair Lyon in a recent Reuter dispatch.

  • Queen sends environment message to Commonwealth

    11 March 2008

    Queen Elizabeth II, who is Head of the Commonwealth, has highlighted the defence of the environment in her Commonwealth Day message, which can "have a real and positive effect on the lives of others."

  • Emerging diseases on the rise, study finds

    11 March 2008

    Outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, SARS, HIV and avian influenza are on the rise around the world, researchers report in the journal Nature. The new study presents the first scientific evidence that zoonoses - diseases from wildlife - are the prime emerging disease threat, due to encroachment of wild areas by human population growth and related impacts.

  • Population outgrowing fish catch in Philippines

    29 February 2008

    The Philippines, with one of the highest population growth rates in the whole of Asia, is likely to face a dramatic fall in the supply of locally produced fish in the next few years.

  • US population projected to reach 438m. by 2050

    18 February 2008

    The United States, which already consumes around a quarter of the earth's energy and emits a similar proportion of the earth's greenhouse gases, with five per cent of the global population, could increase its numbers by some 135 million by mid-century, according to new projections from a leading research centre. Carl Haub reports.

  • Population projected to peak by 2070

    12 February 2008

    The simultaneous growth of population in some regions of the world, and the beginning of a decline in others - especially Eastern Europe - together with rapid ageing of the population in many regions, is the subject of a fascinating new series of graphic projections, which give a fresh insight into future global population trends.

  • US fertility reaches 35-year high

    5 February 2008

    For the first time in 35 years, the US fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation's unique status among industrialised countries, reports Rod Stein in the Washington Post.

  • Africa's rural poor face 'perfect storm'

    18 January 2008

    Africa's rural poor are facing a "perfect storm" of rising food prices, climate change and population growth, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns. She urged the international community to take more concerted action to help the continent's most vulnerable people.

  • Boy preference fuels new Chinese baby boom

    8 January 2008

    China, the world's most populous country, its resources already straining to meet the needs of 1.3 billion people, is expected to undergo a baby boom this year, according to this report from Beijing in The Times (London) by Jane Macartney.