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World Population

Fighting Poverty Through a More Inclusive Economy

Mara Slade | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Mara Slade

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 an Elephant Falls in the African Bush

Robert Walker | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

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?

Focus on the Food: The Middle East Looks To Sustainability for Answers

James Doran | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
James Doran

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.

10 Countries With the Largest Projected Population Growth: American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

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?

UN Says World Lacks Enough Food, Fuel As Population Soars

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green

* World not seen coping with demands of rising population * "New political economy" needed By Nina Chestney ...

Will You Still Need Me? Will You Still Feed Me?*

Enid Borden | Posted 01.15.2012 | Fifty
Enid Borden

While I think a great deal about the whimsical nature of getting older, I am at once brought back to Earth by the policy and social implications of an aging population.

Global Food Security: An Uphill Battle That Must Be Won

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

This past Thursday, on the 10th of November 2011, former U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan delivered a speech at Stanford University on the occasion ...

Six Steps to Food Security in a Seven-Billion World

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.05.2012 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

It is a staggering statistic to realize earth's inhabitants have increased two-fold in the past fifty years. I wondered, "How is the earth going to feed all these people?"

Seven: A Lucky Number?

Richard Attias | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Richard Attias

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.

A Letter to #7,000,000,000

M. Sanjayan | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

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!

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...

World Population Hits 7 Billion

Hagit Bachrach | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Hagit Bachrach

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.

SLIDESHOW: The Impact Of 7 Billion People

Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact

We're officially there. As we hit the 7-billion mark Monday, celebrations were held around the globe. But what's the toll of this growth on struggling...

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.

7 Billion and Climbing: The Population Challenge

Robert Walker | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Robert Walker

In a world where severe poverty and hunger is on the rise, continued population growth is not cause for celebration. It's cause for concern and concerted action.

Occupying the Human Tribe: All 7 Billion

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 12.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

According to a recent United Nations report, sometime on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, the world population will reach the seven billion mark. That is one enormous tribe!

PHOTOS: Africa's Albertine Rift, One Of The Most Densely Populated Places On Earth

Posted 12.19.2011 | World

In the November 2011 issue of National Geographic, Robert Draper profiles a corner of Africa plagued by violence and a booming population. The 'Alb...

World Population To Reach 7 Billion On Halloween

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 11.24.2011 | World

You should expect more than ghosts, spirits and candy when Halloween arrives this year. On October 31, 2011, the world will welcome its seven billiont...

Celebrating Partnerships That Improve Health for Women and Children

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 11.19.2011 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

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.

Family Planning: It's Time to Welcome Men Into the Discussion

Ashley Judd | Posted 09.11.2011 | World
Ashley Judd

On World Population Day, the United Nations Population Fund officially launched 7 Billion Actions -- a campaign to raise awareness and action around our planet's growing population.

Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 09.10.2011 | World
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.

Food: America's 21st Century Manifest Destiny?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.19.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

Food offers this nation the opportunity not only to reconnect once again with its agricultural roots, but to assume a role of visionary leadership.

Growth and the People Factor

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Jerry Jasinowski

The real crisis facing Japan has nothing to do with earthquakes, tsunamis or nuclear meltdowns -- but declining population.

Feeding The Future: Finding Food For 10 Billion People By 2100

Foreign Policy | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact

The world's demographers this week increased their estimates of the world's population through the coming century. We are now on track to hit 10 billi...

Counting to Ten Billion

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

The U.N.'s Population Division projected that the world will reach just over 10 billion by 2100, but this only shows us what would happen if today's demographic trends follow specific paths.