Our solution is to move Habitat for Humanity to a manufacturer of modular homes that streamlines the building process through employed labor, bringing economic development and jobs to those at the base of the economic pyramid.
When South Korean scientists announce, as they did earlier this month, that they hope to clone a Woolly Mammoth, the world listens, but if poachers kill 200 elephants in the African bush, as they did recently in Cameroon, does anyone really care?
It is clear we also need to embrace technology to enable us to double or triple food production to meet our needs. It may not sound too tasty, but just yesterday a Dutch scientist unveiled what purports to be a hamburger grown in a test tube from bovine stem cells.
The US population is wealthier, older, less fertile and more influenced by immigration than the other countries projected to experience major population growth, so why is the U.S. population is expected to grow much more than other wealthy countries?
Yesterday the world's population officially hit seven billion. Seven is a suggestive figure. In many cultures it is lucky -- in France, a cat has seven lives. Shakespeare said there were "seven ages of man" and seven is apparently the ideal number of hours of sleep a person needs.
Planet Earth is the only home we have ever known, and it's likely to remain that way for a very, very long time. It's an inaccessible universe and we, your ancestors, have poked some big holes in this shared life raft. It's deflating fast!
As the world's population is projected to surpass 7 billion this week, there's some very interesting multimedia projects out there dedicated to breaking down the numbers and exploring the implications.
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.
At the end of this month, the seven billionth person will be born--that's a lot of mothers and children. To expand awareness of maternal and infant needs, Johnson & Johnson and the AOL/Huffington Post Media Group will collaborate and launch extensive content related to global motherhood.
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.