Population Pressures : Features

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  • VIEWPOINT Earth is too crowded for Utopia

    17 January 2006

    The global population is higher than the Earth can sustain, and solving environmental problems such as climate change is going to be impossible without tackling the issue, argues Chris Rapley, Director of the British Antarctic Survey. He was writing in the first of a series of environmental opinion pieces on the BBC News website entitled The Green Room. We reproduce his comments here as a contribution to a neglected topic.

  • Asian giants will dictate future says Worldwatch

    16 January 2006

    The dramatic rise of China and India presents one of the gravest threats-and greatest opportunities-facing the world today, says the Worldwatch Institute in its newly released State of the World 2006 report.

  • Rescue plan for a civilisation in decline

    12 January 2006

    Lester Brown, influential thinker and president of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, has created waves in America with his latest book, Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. Here, in the first of two articles extracted from the book, he outlines the challenge facing the earth and its people in the coming century. In a second article he will outline his rescue plan.

  • Whatever happened to the teeming millions?

    22 November 2005

    Once it was the word on everyone's lips, now 'population' is the environmental issue that dares not speak its name. Here David Nicholson-Lord raises the flag for an unfashionable concern - and argues the case for a decline in the population of the United Kingdom.

  • Women power will shape Mongolia's future

    15 August 2005

    Contributing Editor, Don Hinrichsen, recently made an extended visit to Mongolia, where he found that the improved status of women is having a remarkable impact on this remote and sparsely populated Asian country, sandwiched between Russia and China. This is his special report.

  • COMMENTARY: The shadow that looms over our planet

    12 July 2005

    The century's big issue is not equality in the conventional sense. It is whether we can share with other species and with future human generations, says Mark Lynas in this extract from an essay, which first appeared in the New Statesman magazine. It is one of two articles, which draw attention to widely shunned issue of human numbers and the environment (see: The green issue that dare not speak its name).

  • COMMENTARY: The green issue that dare not speak its name

    4 July 2005

    Birth rates in Europe have fallen, but by 2031, the population of the United Kingdom will have risen by 10 per cent to almost 66 million, according to government projections, putting ever greater pressure on a crowded island - while global numbers will have risen from 6.4 billion to 9 billion. But population, and its environmental implications, remains a taboo subject, says David Nicholson-Lord.

  • China 'driving up pressure on resources'

    25 May 2005

    China has emerged as a global force that is driving consumption and production of almost everything through the roof, according to the latest publication from the Worldwatch Institute.

  • COMMENTARY: The next world war

    14 April 2005

    In his recent book The Next World War: Tribes, Cities, Nations and Ecological Decline Roy Woodbridge calls for a shift of policy that will urgently direct technological change to solve the problem of provisioning humanity, before global population growth and rising consumption put the planet's natural resources under intolerable stress. Here, he outlines the case for a revolutionary response to the ecological crisis.

  • New light on Egypt's future

    6 April 2005

    With its numbers likely to double and with severely limited water supplies from the River Nile, Egypt faces formidable population and related environmental problems. And these will be made worse if global warming reduces the rainfall over the Nile Basin. Now a groundbreaking study will look at these population, environment and human development interactions in the round.