Most Muslims don't live in the Middle East.
Births are at their lowest number in history.
It's a political priority.
Other solutions to its shrinking population seem hard to find.
Countries soon to be in the same boat are watching closely.
Over the past four decades, worldwide food production has more than kept pace with world population.
We reported on Detroit’s population problems back in October last year. Not surprisingly, with the loss of 25% of its population in the last ten years, those problems have not gone away. A new state-imposed manager, Kevyn Orr, started just yesterday and his job is to try to turn the crumbling city around. First on his agenda is public safety. However, his overall goal is to avoid taking Detroit to the bankruptcy court, which would be the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Some dodgy population statistics from Japan.
While perhaps not strictly demography, his latest article in The Telegraph is also an interesting critique of how widely circulated and believed statistics can turn out to be quite wrong. He points out in his opinion piece yesterday the fairly shocking news that the image of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland promoted by the media has been found to be quite false:
A geeky post - the type that we all love!
A report published in Nature magazine suggest four strategies to improve food production and availability.
A few historical milestones as the Earth adds another billion.
Another look at the magical seven billion people figure.
There seems to be a federal inquiry in Australia at the moment into the optimum population that the Lucky Country should be aiming for.
It seems that the issue of population ageing and decline is getting more and more media coverage.
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 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.
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.
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
Bizarre suggestion from health minister