Transition Earth: Population Growth

A feed from the Transition Earth blog Population Growth, which explores the relationships between population growth, human rights, women’s equality, family planning, carbon footprints and economic activity.


 

17 February 2017. The Consequences of Today, for Tomorrow’s World (Part II)

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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12 January 2017. The Consequences of Today, for Tomorrow’s World (Part I)

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo. [Transition Earth would like to introduce Candela Vázquez Asenjo, our new youth blogger.  She will be occasionally posting blogs on a variety of topics – Ed.] After reading the book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, the only words necessary to say, as written in its introduction, is that this book is a wake-up
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5 January 2017. Megacities and the Threat to Food Security

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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2 December 2016. It’s Not a Hoax: Bolivia’s Shrinking Glaciers

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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15 November 2016. The Future is Going Off-Grid

By Suzanne York. In terms of dirty energy vs. clean, the writing is on the wall. Despite promises made to the contrary, jobs in the fossil fuel industry are not likely to come back, and even if they did, not for long. The costs of solar and wind are falling well below coal and oil,
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2 November 2016. The Loss of Wildlife – Is Anyone Listening?

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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21 October 2016. Climate Change, Poverty, and Overcoming Business as Usual

By Suzanne York.   Amazingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, climate change has been barely mentioned in the U.S. presidential elections. This, despite the fact that 2016 is likely to be the hottest year on record. Fortunately, the leaders of other countries seem to have a better handle on it. A landmark international climate agreement was
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5 October 2016. Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health

By Suzanne York. Recent legislation in California is empowering women to make the best choices for themselves and their families, in terms of reproductive health. Though it seems as if our nation should have passed legislation easing access to reproductive health years ago, it’s nevertheless a positive path forward. As the saying goes, “better late
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9 September 2016. Women and Gender Issues Missing from the Conversation at IUCN Conference

By Suzanne York. The clock is ticking and global environmental problems are mounting, with droughts, biodiversity loss, and acidic oceans and much more taking a toll on the planet. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Congress, currently taking place in Hawai’i, is tackling this growing list of threats to the environment. The
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30 August 2016. The Anthropocene – Are We There Yet?

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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