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  1. Older and wiser

    Posted Dec 31st 2004, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... self-interest have largely prevailed over hormones. It does not necessarily make people nicer, but it certainly makes them more careful. When the experts play around with population-growth statistics, ... they are less easy to trace. But they are there, and they are very important. There has been a run of good news on the population front in the past few decades. In 1968, the UN Population Division ...

  2. Baby boom in a land that can ill afford it

    Posted Sep 04th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... deaths are already more than two per 10,000 per day in Somali, the worst-hit region of Ethiopia (four deaths per day counts as full-scale famine). Country-wide, 20 per cent of the population ... is that they have had too many babies. Ethiopia's population during the last famine was 40 million. Today it is 80 million. You can do everything else right, but if you don't control ...

  3. Africa land grab not the answer to food security

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... to start acquiring African farmland. Since 1945, the world's population has tripled, and so has its food production, growing at an average of about 3 per cent annually since the 1950s and during most of the 1990s. But, for most of the past decade, grain production has essentially flatlined, while the global population has gone on growing. So wouldn't it be great if you could ...

  4. Thais begin to ponder the unmentionable

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... to the throne- but most of the population is still rural and quite poor. Their votes used to be bought by powerful local politicians, but no more. As the people of the rural north and northeast acquired ...

  5. There are no degrees of planetary oblivion

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... useless due to heat and drought, and crop yields have fallen sharply on half of the rest: an overall 30 to 40 per cent fall in global food production. Since the world's population has grown ...

  6. Afghan election an exercise in futility

    Posted Aug 17th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... it was really the Pashtuns, 40 per cent of the population and traditionally the nation's dominant ethnic group, who were driven from power by the US invasion in 2001. They are fighting non-Muslim ...

  7. Newspapers still seek new business model

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... population that is online. A likelier explanation for the American disaster is what happened to the US newspaper industry in the 1980s and 1990s. It was a time of 'greed is good' ...

  8. Pragmatic suicide

    Posted Apr 07th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... to support at best 10 per cent or 20 per cent of the world's current population. The Obama administration's offer falls far short of that goal. Under the Kyoto accord the US promised ...

  9. Ukraine will be safer outside Nato

    Posted Nov 20th 2008, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... the EU and Nato to speed up their response to Ukraine's applications for membership. But Ukraine is deeply divided on those questions, with half the population opposing Nato membership, ...

  10. Final nail in Thailand's democracy coffin

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Party again. It won't even be necessary to carry out the PAD's project to take the vote away from the rural population- they were proposing a parliament that was 70 per cent appointed ...




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