Population Pressures : Features

There are 86 documents in this section.

  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • Commentary: 20 years on - and time runs desperately short

    4 August 2012

    Twenty years after People & the Planet magazine was launched at the first Earth Summit to track progress in averting an environmental catastrophe - as the planet heats and its natural resources are plundered – Don Hinrichsen presents a sobering report card on the hesitant steps so far taken as time runs desperately short. 

  • Melinda Gates helps family planning make a fresh start

    16 July 2012

    As the dust settles on last week’s London Family Planning Summit it is becoming clear that this event has a good chance of giving a promising new start to the century-long battle to bring informed choice over child-bearing to women everywhere – poor as well as rich. 

  • COMMENTARY: The case for family planning that Rio+20 forgot

    2 July 2012

    A few days ago Rio+20, the global mega-gathering on the planet’s sustainable future, published an outcome document that contains no reference to population or to family planning. (The Vatican, it seems, was driving the consensus.)

  • Mixed signals for Africa's population growth

    14 June 2012

    The pace of fertility decline in sub-Saharan Africa will be the single most important factor in whether the global population reaches the UN's high projection of nearly 11 billion in 2050, or remains closer to the low projection of 8 billion. But recent signals from sub Saharan Africa present a mixed picture.

  • COMMENTARY: World must wake up to the coming crisis in the Sahel

    23 January 2012

    If forecasters could draw isobars outlining human suffering, then the high pressure zone of human pain would surely be in the failed, and failing states, along the Sahel, and across to Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, says Professor Malcolm Potts. This powerful Commentary is a wake-up call for new strategies to avert an environmentally-induced human catastrophe. 

  • Philippine floods: a disaster waiting to happen

    30 December 2011

    The floods which have devastated huge tracts of Mindanao island in the Southern Philippines, with the known loss of  over a thousand lives and many more families rendered homeless or still missing, was a disaster waiting to happen says our East Asia correspondent, Henrylito Tacio

  • COMMENTARY: Overpopulation is too big a problem to ignore

    26 October 2011

    Sir John Sulston, Nobel prize-winning biologist and chair of the Royal Society’s ongoing study into People and the Planet, warns here that population must not be ignored if we are avoid a ‘vast human tragedy'. 

  • How many people have ever lived on earth?

    20 October 2011

    As the world marks its highest ever human population of 7 billion, on October 31,  the question “How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?" is once again being asked. Here, demographer Carl Haub, presents his latest estimate: 108 billion.

  • COMMENTARY:
    Learning from China: why a new economy cannot wait

    9 September 2011

    For almost as long as I can remember we have been saying that the United States, with 5 percent of the world’s people, consumes a third or more of the earth’s resources. That was true. It is no longer true. Today China consumes more basic resources than the United States does.