Population


Food keeping pace with population

Shannon Roberts | 06 March 2014
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?

Marcus Roberts | 27 February 2013
Some dodgy population statistics from Japan.

American Pi

Marcus Roberts | 27 August 2012
A geeky post - the type that we all love!

How to Feed 7 (Plus) Billion People

Marcus Roberts | 19 October 2011
A report published in Nature magazine suggest four strategies to improve food production and availability.

7 Milestones (One for every billion)

Marcus Roberts | 12 October 2011
A few historical milestones as the Earth adds another billion.

Seven Billion People

Marcus Roberts | 05 October 2011
Another look at the magical seven billion people figure.

The Anglican Church Wants A Halt in Population Incentives

Marcus Roberts | 28 April 2011
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

Marcus Roberts | 06 April 2011
It seems that the issue of population ageing and decline is getting more and more media coverage.

7 billion people and what lies ahead

Michael Cook | 18 March 2011
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?

Michael Cook | 25 November 2009
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

Michael Cook | 11 November 2009
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?

Michael Cook | 05 August 2009
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 highlights.

India debates methods of population control

Michael Cook | 03 August 2009

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. 


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