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25 Facts in Observance of World Population Day July 11

Norm Schriever | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Norm Schriever

In 1989 the United Nations recommended that July 11 should be the day the international community observes World Population Day, a perfect time to highlight population issues and work to solve them together.

Learning By Example: An Exercise to Feed the World

Tom Daschle | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Tom Daschle

The decade is 2020. Drought conditions have reduced global crop production, resulting in rising food prices. Food stocks around the world are decreasing dramatically.

A Pledge to Tackle Climate Change is a Pledge to Feed the World

Dr. Jason Clay | Posted 12.04.2016 | Green
Dr. Jason Clay

Climate change is contributing not just to melting ice caps and rising sea levels, but also to drought, food shortages and, ultimately, to global instability. This year's climate change conference is a critical step toward our global leaders realizing this long-awaited commitment.

Waste Not, Want Not? Food Waste and the Problem of Global Hunger

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 11.23.2016 | Business
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

To feed a growing world, according to a popular argument, we don't need more food -- we just need to do a better job with the food we have. It makes the problem of providing global security sound easier to solve. It also appeals to everyone's sense of virtue. But is it true?

This Is What Humanity's Impact On The Planet Looks Like

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green

A new photo book from conservation experts aims to shine a light on humanity's impact on the planet and convince people to think about their contribut...

Why Voluntary Pledges Won't Save the Climate

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Global GHG emissions are rising ever more rapidly today, and carbon dioxide concentrations are already at their highest levels in millions of years, far above any ever encountered in human history.

An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century

Joaquim Chissano | Posted 11.17.2014 | Home
Joaquim Chissano

Sexual and reproductive rights are often lightning rods in intergovernmental debates and national politics and sidelined as distractions. But these rights are the basic rights of all individuals to have control over decisions that affect the most private aspects of their lives.

World Population Could Almost Quadruple By 2100 If Access To Contraception Doesn't Improve

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

World population levels could soar to explosive heights if contraception doesn’t become readily available to women in developing countries. Frida...

Delisting Tasmanian Wilderness Impoverishes Australia

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

When Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colebeck said there would be "minor boundary modifications" to Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area, I was...

Food Security Raises the Obvious: Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?

Michael Zacka | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

Hunger is the most pressing issue we face, especially considering those numbers: one out of every eight people in the world today suffers from chronic undernourishment caused by food scarcity.

Taking the Scare out of Scarceonomics

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.25.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

So, what does the scarceonomics of food, water, energy, and other critical commodities mean for governments, economies, investors, and consumers? If we apply some lessons learned and a little ingenuity, the prospects could be positive.

Freezing the Footprint of Food

Dr. Jason Clay | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jason Clay

We need to freeze the footprint of food -- find ways to double the productivity of farming, so that we can produce twice as much food and fiber on the same amount of land. This will require many actors working on several strategies simultaneously.

Human Security -- A New Response to Complex Threats

A View from the United Nations | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home
A View from the United Nations

Today, millions of people face extreme insecurity as a result of conflicts and economic crises -- not only in acute conflicts like Syria but also in many lower-profile crises.

50,000 Ways to Start Talking About Population

Jerry Karnas | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green
Jerry Karnas

By the time today's over, there were will about 200,000 more people on the planet than there were yesterday. We're long past due to talk about population, consumption and a smarter way of growing and surviving on Earth.

Empowering Women Is Key To Saving World: Scientists

By Sara Benincasa, Wondering how to save the world? A Stanford University husband and wife team of population biologists has a suggest...

The Case for Eating 'Mostly Plants,' in 260 Words

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Eating some meat, preferably from lean, well-fed, well-exercised, and kindly tended animals is assuredly consistent with human health. But the health of humans and the planet argue consistently for Michael Pollan's excellent and pithy advice: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Feeding an Ever-growing Population

Cary Fowler | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Cary Fowler

Mankind reached its first billion just as the 19th century got underway. That feat of fecundity required eons. It took us just 12 years, however, to tack on the last billion. We're definitely on a roll.

Meet Our 7 Billionth Babies!

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents

As the world population reached 7 billion on Monday, the U.N. celebrated by nominating a series of symbolic babies to represent the milestone. Mee...

People and the Planet: The World at 7 Billion

Carl Pope | Posted 12.28.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

While many may assume the environmental and reproductive health movements have divergent agendas -- the health of the planet vs. the health of the people -- we agree on one very simple principle: everyone is entitled to a set of fundamental human rights.

Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 09.10.2011 | Home
Robert Walker

The world population will cross the 7 billion mark on Oct. 31, 2011, but in a world suffering from climate change, water scarcity and the rising price of food and energy, population growth is a challenge, not an unequivocal triumph.

Seven Billion and Who's Counting?

Carl Pope | Posted 08.01.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

In the U.S., the continued prevalence of both a poorly educated underclass and a group of anti-modern, science-skeptical religious communities who reject equal opportunity for women makes us the "least developed" industrial society.

Global Population To Hit New High By October

Posted 07.03.2011 | Home

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The world's population is projected to pass 7 billion on October 31 as it heads toward 10 billion or more by the end of the...

Alcoa Posts Strong First Quarter Profit

Posted 06.11.2011 | Business

NEW YORK – Alcoa Inc (AA.N) reported a first-quarter profit that beat estimates as the price of aluminum, its primary product, rose sharply and dema...

The Twin Elephants in the Room

Paul and Anne Ehrlich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul and Anne Ehrlich

Two large-scale, interconnected trends are driving almost every other global crisis today. But don't expect to hear about them from the media.

PHOTOS: Man's Global Impact

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

National Geographic continues its yearlong coverage on global population with Elizabeth Kolbert's latest article in the March issue on the "Age of Man...