Food keeping pace with population
Over the past four decades, worldwide food production has more than kept pace with world population.
Is Japan’s Population Decline Worse than Previously Thought?
Some dodgy population statistics from Japan.
A geeky post - the type that we all love!
How to Feed 7 (Plus) Billion People
A report published in Nature magazine suggest four strategies to improve food production and availability.
7 Milestones (One for every billion)
A few historical milestones as the Earth adds another billion.
Seven Billion People
Another look at the magical seven billion people figure.
The Anglican Church Wants A Halt in Population Incentives
There seems to be a federal inquiry in Australia at the moment into the optimum population that the Lucky Country should be aiming for.
Growing old in Asia
It seems that the issue of population ageing and decline is getting more and more media coverage.
7 billion people and what lies ahead
Here is a brief video with excellent graphics from The Economist about the arrival of the world’s 7 billionth person. I don’t share its rather woolly optimism about the future, but in 2 minutes and 21 seconds you can’t communicate everything.
How many people have ever lived?
How many people have ever lived upon earth? There is an urban legend
from the 1970s that 75% of the world’s total population from the Year 0
to now is alive today. This, it turns out, is nonsense. Demographer
Carl Haub, of the Population Reference Bureau, demolished this factoid
a few years ago. His argument is one of the best-read articles on the
PRB site, which republished it recently.
Europeans too selfish to have children, says Chief Rabbi
It’s not very often that you find an eminent public figure who combines
shrewd political observation with philosophical depth. But the other
evening Britain’s chief rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, who entered the
House of Lords last week as Lord Sacks of Aldgate, proved that he is
such a person. In a speech at Demos, a theological thinktank in London,
he examined the deep cultural reasons behind the decline in the British
birthrate. The last paragraph is the best.
40 years later, was “The Population Bomb” a damp squib?
Forty years after the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s influential book The Population Bomb, a new scholarly, peer-reviewed magazine, the Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development,
thinks that it is time to take stock. And in a fascinating series of
articles, it contributors demolish Ehrlich’s population pessimism. This
is essential reading – and it is freely available. Here are a few
India debates methods of population control
Bizarre suggestion from health minister
Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive human will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editor of Demography is Destiny is Marcus Roberts, a New Zealand lawyer. Send him your comments and suggestions.