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Addressing a World of Inequities on World Population Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Some see WPD as a day to focus on the population "boom," or overpopulation, but ultimately this just distracts people from a universal truth: If women and girls can access contraception, they are more likely to finish school, they will have fewer children by choice, and they are more likely to prosper.

Number Of City Dwellers Expected To Double By 2050

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 12.10.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of city dwellers is at an all-time high of about 3.5 billion and will nearly double in the next 30 to 40 years, wit...

Morsi's Choice, Democracy, and the Fate of the World

Robert Walker | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Robert Walker

Democratic rule is always preferable to authoritarian rule, but that does not mean that democratically-elected governments -- including Morsi's -- always make wise decisions... or make them in time to avert disaster.

World Population Day Raises Teen Pregnancy Awareness

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact

The United Nations designates every July 11 to highlight issues related to population growth, including environmental sustainability, global developme...

World Population Day: 18 Groups Taking Action

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Thursday, July 11th, is World Population Day. The United Nations estimates that global population will swell to 9 billion by the year 2050. Most of t...

Why We Deny The Realities Of Population Growth

Laura Carroll | Posted 07.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Carroll

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat if we made our first obligation to the planet and those already here, and that means not just humans, but as conservationist Dave Foreman calls them, "wild things" (all other living beings on earth)?

World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100

Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/14/2013 10:54 AM EDT on LiveScience The world's population could reach 11 billion by the y...

Birds Eye's Bull's-eye

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.25.2013 | Food
Edward Flattau

Three square feet of growing space is estimated to produce 180 pounds of fresh vegetables a year, and researchers at Columbia University concluded a 30-story building could theoretically provide enough produce for 50,000 people.

Empowering Women Is Key To Saving World: Scientists

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

The Big Burg Theory

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

Megacities create megaproblems. Say "cities" and the negative associations come cascading out: noise, dirt, housing projects, shantytowns, concrete, crowding, crime, drugs, pollution, gridlock, stress, alienation. But they also spur people to figure out megasolutions.

World Population May Actually Start Declining, Not Exploding

www.slate.com | Posted 03.11.2013 | World

The world's seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census B...

Do Dead People Outnumber Living, Or Vice Versa?

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.07.2012 | Science

There sure are a lot of people on planet Earth—a whopping 7 billion and counting. But how does this number, which of course represents the number of...

An Aging Population Is an Opportunity More Than a Problem

Bill Novelli | Posted 11.27.2012 | Fifty
Bill Novelli

We need to re-envision our lives and what "aging well" means. We are in a time of real change, of enormous challenges and opportunities. If we act now, we can actually create a world where aging is a boon and not a burden.

WATCH: What If Everyone On Earth Jumped At Same Time?

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science

It's kind of a scary question: what would happen if everyone on Earth jumped at precisely the same moment? A giant tsunami-inducing earthquake? Would ...

A World Population Day Worthy of Celebration

Robert Walker | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Robert Walker

This year we actually have something to celebrate on World Population Day. Foundations, NGOs, and donor countries, led by the United Kingdom, will come together for an international summit on family planning.

World Population Day Highlights Reproductive Health As Key Theme

Posted 07.10.2012 | World

Ahead of this year's World Population Day on July 11, 2012, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon issued a statement reiterating the importance of making...

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.