A survey of the global Muslim population
Marcus Roberts | Feb 8 2017 | comment  
Most Muslims don't live in the Middle East.

Focus on Finland
Shannon Roberts | Aug 22 2016 | comment  
Births are at their lowest number in history.

Russians are becoming more family-oriented
Shannon Roberts | Feb 9 2016 | comment  
It's a political priority.

Will Japan bow to immigration pressure?
Shannon Roberts | Jan 13 2016 | comment  
Other solutions to its shrinking population seem hard to find.

Japan faces unprecedented population contraction in 2015 census
Shannon Roberts | Sep 7 2015 | comment  
Countries soon to be in the same boat are watching closely.

Food keeping pace with population
Shannon Roberts | Mar 6 2014 | comment  
Over the past four decades, worldwide food production has more than kept pace with world population.

Avoiding the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history
Shannon Roberts | Mar 25 2013 | comment  
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.

Is Japan’s Population Decline Worse than Previously Thought?
Marcus Roberts | Feb 27 2013 | comment  
Some dodgy population statistics from Japan.

Can we always trust the statistics we read?
Shannon Roberts | Feb 15 2013 | comment  
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:

American Pi
Marcus Roberts | Aug 27 2012 | comment  
A geeky post - the type that we all love!

How to Feed 7 (Plus) Billion People
Marcus Roberts | Oct 19 2011 | comment  
A report published in Nature magazine suggest four strategies to improve food production and availability.

7 Milestones (One for every billion)
Marcus Roberts | Oct 12 2011 | comment  
A few historical milestones as the Earth adds another billion.

Seven Billion People
Marcus Roberts | Oct 5 2011 | comment  
Another look at the magical seven billion people figure.

The Anglican Church Wants A Halt in Population Incentives
Marcus Roberts | Apr 28 2011 | comment  
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 | Apr 6 2011 | comment  
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 | Mar 18 2011 | comment  
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 | Nov 25 2009 | comment  
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 | Nov 11 2009 | comment  
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 | Aug 5 2009 | comment  
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 | Aug 3 2009 | comment  

Bizarre suggestion from health minister

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