Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Welcome to our Website

    15 August 2012

    Twenty years ago at the first Earth Summit in Rio, a new British charity, Planet 21, launched People and the Planet magazine in an effort to track progress in working towards a fair and sustainable future for humanity on planet earth.

  • Nine strategies to stop short of nine billion population

    10 July 2012

    Most analysts assume that the world's population will rise from today's 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050 -- but it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size,  Robert Engelman argues in the latest State of the World 2012 report from the Worldwatch Institute.

  • We are using 50 per cent more natural resources than planet can sustain

    15 May 2012

    The human population of our planet is now consuming 50 per cent more natural resources than it can sustainably produce, according to the latest Living Planet Report. As a result, it is taking 1.5 years for the Earth to absorb the CO2 produced and to regenerate the renewable resources that people use within one year.

  • Arab grain imports rising rapidly

    8 May 2012

    The Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa make up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet they take in more than 20 percent of the world’s grain exports.

  • We must stabilise the human population says Royal Society

    26 April 2012

    Britain’s prestigious Royal Society gave fresh impetus today to the growing concern over human impacts on the Earth by calling for the stabilisation of the planet’s population by voluntary methods. But, it said, this must be accompanied by a rebalancing of consumption between developed and developing nations.

  • UN drinking water target met - but sanitation still falls short

    3 April 2012

    The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water five years ahead of the 2015 deadline - but is unlikely to meet the sanitation target.

  • 215 million women still have unmet need for family planning

    2 April 2012

    In 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, recognized reproductive health and family planning as fundamental human rights. Delegates committed to making voluntary family planning services universally available by 2015.

  • Civilisation faces 'perfect storm of ecological and social problems'

    22 February 2012

    Celebrated scientists and development thinkers have warned that civilisation is faced with a perfect storm of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption and environmentally malign technologies.

  • World cannot sustain increasing population growth: UN report

    21 February 2012

    The United Nations has published a grim report warning that time is running out to ensure that there is enough food, water and energy to meet the demands of a rapidly growing population.

  • Rush for land a wake-up call for poorer countries

    4 January 2012

    Increasing investor demand for land in the global south could spur small farmers to secure control over their land, says a study published by the International Land Coalition.