Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Fresh population concerns in Africa

    29 October 2007

    Recent reports from Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso show that concern over rapid population growth is once again becoming a matter of public concern. The latest census report from Burkina Faso shows that the population is growing increasingly rapidly, with women bearing an average of seven children.

  • China sends mixed message on one-child policy

    30 September 2007

    Mixed messages are coming out of China over its controversial one-child policy. While in part of Central China fines for wealth couple evading the family planning laws are to be raised, the authorities in East China's Zhejiang Province have loosened their one-child policies to encourage couples to have their second child earlier to ease the problems created by an ageing society.

  • India heading for 2 billion population

    24 September 2007

    A new assessment of India's population prospects has concluded that its numbers will almost certainly be near 1.8 billion by 2050 and could top 2 billion by the end of this century unless fertility rates decline more rapidly in India's largest and poorest states.

  • Malnutrition's deadly toll revealed

    4 September 2007

    Malnutrition plays a role in the deaths of about 16,000 young children every day, virtually all of them in the developing world, according to the latest PRB Data Sheet on the state of the human population.

  • Science chief : 'cut birth rate to save Earth'

    24 July 2007

    Chris Rapley, the new head of the Science Museum in London, UK has an uncompromising view about how global warming should be dealt with: get rid of a few billion people.

  • Poor countries losing out on family planning benefits

    19 July 2007

    A new World Bank report warns that poor countries, wealthy donors, and aid agencies are losing sight of the value of contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health programmes in helping to boost economic growth.

  • Act now to curb the global 'youthquake' says report

    14 July 2007

    The planet faces a 'youthquake', with the biggest generation of young people in history, and unsustainable population growth, says a report published to mark World Population Day. It says urgent action is needed to restrain that growth through voluntary family planning - or governments may one day be forced to set limits.

  • City numbers in Africa and Asia set to double by 2030

    28 June 2007

    Humanity will have to undergo a "revolution in thinking" in order to deal with the doubling of urban populations in Africa and Asia by 2030, the United Nations warns in a report which shows that over 30 years, the population of African and Asian cities will double, adding 1.7 billion people , or more than the present populations of China and the United States put together.

  • New population projections 'a wake-up call'

    14 March 2007

    New world population projections for the year 2050 by the United Nations expect world population to rise by 2.5 billion people from today's 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050. This is a slight increase on the figures projected in 2004 of 9.1 billion.

  • POPULATION SPECIAL REPORT UK parliamentarians deplore 'the lost decade'

    15 February 2007

    A whole decade has been lost in the struggle to slow population growth in the poorest developing countries, says a hard-hitting all-party report by UK parliamentarians. It warns that the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to eradicate poverty and ensure a sustainable environment, will be 'difficult or impossible to achieve' unless much greater efforts are made to slow soaring numbers in the least developed countries, where more than 90 per cent of the growth is projected to occur.