Population Pressures : Features

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  • ANALYSIS Under a sooty exterior A green China emerges

    18 November 2008

    You've heard the environmental horror stories: rivers running black, air unfit to breathe, two new coal-fired power plants a week. But thanks to a surging entrepreneurial spirit and new policies, China is fast becoming a leader in green innovation, from recycling to developing electric cars to harnessing the wind. This article by Fred Pearce is reproduced by arrangement with Yale Environment 360

  • Madagascar tackles its family planning crisis

    20 October 2008

    Faced with rapid growth of its population, severe pressures on the country's unique biodiversity, and poor reproductive health record, the Madagascar Government has made family planning one of the eight pillars of the Madagascar Action Plan (MAP), an ambitious economic and social development strategy recently launched by President Marc Ravalomanana. This report is from the UN sponsored IRIN news agency.

  • Editor's blog: Growing footprints

    20 September 2008

    Two recent reports from the Global Footprint Network provide striking evidence of the global overshoot in both population and consumption, which threatens to overwhelm our planet by eating up its natural capital while frying what is left of habitable land in excessive atmospheric heat.

  • Common wealth

    9 July 2008

    11th July is World Population Day. To mark the occasion we reproduce here an extended extract from an essay which first appeared in Time magazine earlier this year. The author is Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, who puts the topic into a positive and creative context.

  • Editor's Blog: Population penny

    27 June 2008

    Two months ago this website speculated that the global food crisis might spur a rethink about population policies and encourage more poor and the fast growing countries to adopt the strategies followed successfully by many countries in Asia and Latin America.

  • 'Wildlife State' faces development onslaught

    28 May 2008

    California is America's "wildlife state." It boasts more species than any other, as well as the greatest number of species found nowhere else. This extraordinary biodiversity is already stressed by the state's big human population and further threatened by continuing rapid population growth and development. This special report is by Leon Kolankiewicz.

  • COMMENTARY: Soaring numbers hinder Uganda's development goals

    12 May 2008

    Renewed concern about Africa's rapidly growing population is now coming from Africa itself. It is reflected in this Opinion piece by Dennis Kawuma, which appeared in a recent edition of The Monitor in Kampala, Uganda. He concludes that without a greater effort to slow Uganda's fertility rate, the Millennium Development Goals may not be achievable.

  • COMMENTARY: Return of the population timebomb

    8 May 2008

    It has become taboo over recent years, but population, not consumption, really is the key to managing our use of the world's resources, says John Feeney,

  • The new Limits to Growth revive Malthusian fears

    27 March 2008

    Thirty-six years ago, the Club of Rome proposed that there were Limits to Growth which, if humans did not change their procreating and consuming ways, would threaten our civilisation within 100 years. Now, with rising oil and commodity prices and the spectre of rapid climate change and water shortages, three writers from the Wall Street Journal - Justin Lahart, Patricia Barta and Andrew Batson - looked again at the fears first raised by Malthus in 1789 that our numbers would outgrown the earth's resources.

  • DAVID SUZUKI: We must put the 'eco' back into economics

    25 March 2008

    The world's 6.6 billion people "are now altering the chemical, physical and biological makeup of the planet on a geological scale" warned David Suzuki, giving the 2008 Commonwealth Lecture in London earlier this month. " In the 4 billion years that life has existed on earth there was never a single species able to do what we are now doing today."