Posts Tagged ‘ Population Growth ’

The Consequences of Today, for Tomorrow’s World (Part II)

Feb 16th, 2017 | By
[photo credit: Mahindra Rise]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth (Read Part I here) Global population growth today stands at approximately 7.4 billion people, due to hit nearly 10 billion in the next few decades. Though an increasing human population poses a threat to healthy and flourishing communities and ecosystems, especially in developing countries, it is a
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Megacities and the Threat to Food Security

Jan 5th, 2017 | By
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By Suzanne York. We live in an increasingly urbanized world. The growth of megacities – urban areas with a population of over 10 million – is a reflection of the rapid pace of urbanization in countries across the world. In 1990, there were 10 megacities across the globe. By 2030, the number is expected to
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It’s Not a Hoax: Bolivia’s Shrinking Glaciers

Dec 1st, 2016 | By
La Paz, Bolivia [photo:uncambiodeaires.com]

By Suzanne York. In what is sadly a sign of things to come for many places, Bolivia has declared a state of emergency, as it endures its worst drought in 25 years. The Andean glaciers that for centuries have supplied water to La Paz and its sprawling neighbor El Alto – one of the poorest
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The Loss of Wildlife – Is Anyone Listening?

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
[photo credit: Diana Robinson, Flickr, Creative Commons Mother elephant with twins in Amboseli]

By Suzanne York. The prediction is so shocking that it is difficult to comprehend – our world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020. The Living Planet Report 2016, by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London, reports that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on
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The Anthropocene – Are We There Yet?

Aug 30th, 2016 | By
Earth at Night [image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Earth_at_Night_2001.jpg]

By Suzanne York. It’s official, more or less – we have entered the Anthropocene epoch, a time when humanity’s impact on the planet is so transformational that it’s pushed the world into a new geological period. “New Age of Man” An international working group, after seven years of deliberation, voted unanimously (with one abstention) at
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Solutions for Saving Elephants on World Elephant Day

Aug 11th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. Perhaps it is appropriate that World Elephant Day (August 12) follows Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity exceeds the carrying capacity of the planet. This is because human beings are doing a good job of wiping wild elephants off the face
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Youth Unemployment – A Ticking Time Bomb?

Mar 14th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. If you are a parent or a teacher, you might be excused for occasionally thinking that there are too many young people. But it’s true that there are a lot of young men and women living right now, as noted in a recent op-ed in the New York Times by Somini Sengupta,
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Standing at the Crossroads

Feb 7th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org “We are the first generation with the knowledge of how our activities influence the Earth System, and thus the first generation with the power and the responsibility to change our relationship with the planet.” That statement was written in 2011 in a journal article by a group of some of the
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Cecil the Lion and The Connection With Family Planning

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By
Lion in Namibia [Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg]

By Suzanne York. The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe is palpable. Sadly, this lion is just one of many species of animals killed by trophy hunters (as well as poachers). Yet would people be outraged if they knew that wild habitat for almost all species in Africa – and the
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Improving Lives on World Population Day and Beyond

Jul 10th, 2015 | By
[Photo Credit: “Safia Fungie Hasenna – Climate witness from Ethiopia” by Zeresenay Berhane Mehar courtesy of flickr user Oxfam International]

By Suzanne York. In honor of World Population Day (July 11th), what better way to recognize the importance of the multi-faceted population growth issue than to look at success on the ground. In Ethiopia, some of the biggest issues facing the local communities are high population pressure (due to large family size and few family
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