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  1. How the world's population exploded

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Susan Ramsay Food In the past, people were reliant on Nature for food. Weather, soil quality, controlling pests and the need for water all played their part in restricting how much food could be produced. Food could not travel great distances or be kept f ...

  2. Alarm over 21pc drop in spoonbill population

    Posted Apr 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Birdwatchers are puzzled and alarmed by a decline in the population of black-faced spoonbills, an endangered species which has recorded its sharpest drop in almost two ... the bird's population, with reports from Korea that fewer spoonbills had been born there this year. He also warned of poaching and habitat destruction as the biggest threats to the birds. Earlier ...

  3. China calls for credit for curbing population

    Posted Dec 12th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai The Copenhagen summit should formally credit the mainland's population control measures, such as the one-child policy, for mitigating the human impact ... desperately seeking advantages in bringing down their emissions figures. Zhao Baige, vice-minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said people needed to stop seeing climate ...

  4. Rural population dwindles 80m, migrant workers up 60m in decade

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The number of rural dwellers on the mainland dropped by more than 80 million between 1996 and 2006, according to a national rural census released yesterday. At the end of 2006, 70.8 per cent of the working rural population was engaged in the agricultural sector such as farming, forestry, animal husbandry, fishing and related services- nearly five ...

  5. Population estimates must serve as a wake-up call

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Updated United Nations estimates showing a higher-than-expected world population in 2050 are a worrying reminder that for all the rhetoric from governments about the need ... billion- 2.5 billion more than the present global population. Half of that increase will be because of the greater number of people in developed countries over the age of 60. This latter trend ...

  6. Buffalo population on the decline

    Posted Jun 12th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... with the exception of three or four in each area. Some residents expressed concern about the buffalo population when 16 animals died en route to the government's Sheung Shui animal management centre ... is to establish the facts about the buffalo and cattle population on Lantau independently,' Mr Schofield said. 'Then we can sit down with the AFCD and the villagers. We are going to press ...

  7. Daily checks strengthen battle against house crow population

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it was not possible to totally eliminate the birds. The objective remained to control the bird population and confine them within their territories. He said the idea of shooting the birds was not viable ...

  8. Tuned in, turned off

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of the world's 6.7 billion people do not have clean water; a similar number lack enough to eat. The UN's prediction last week that the population will double in the next 40 years if growth rates ... in keeping numbers down, it is an approach that no upholder of human rights or democratically elected government could dare suggest. Social scientists are divided about whether population growth ...

  9. Change your attitude to save the environment

    Posted May 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I enjoyed taking part in the 30-Hour Famine this year. This year's theme was 'Change the world, we can do it.' Although I can't change the world, I can change the attitude of my friends and family towards poverty. At the end of the act ...

  10. Malthus was wrong but that doesn't mean we can relax

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland If you believe the United Nations' projections, then at some point today, somewhere on the planet, a baby will be born, who will push the world's population above ... population passed the six billion barrier just 12 years ago, and has now doubled in just 43 years, within the lifetime of this columnist. And it's set to carry on climbing. According ...




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