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  1. Mega-disasters looming over mega-cities

    Posted Feb 18th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson In the wake of the tsunami disaster, experts are warning that the rapid growth of mega-cities is exposing an ever greater proportion of the world's population ... with a population of 10 million or more and a dense concentration of people, often in slums in developing and newly industrialising countries, where people stream in from poor rural areas in search of work. ...

  2. Advance of a grey army

    Posted Feb 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... of the world's most populous nation. But a major fault line is emerging. In January last year, China officially hailed the birth of its 1.3 billionth citizen, and the success of its one-child policy. Since then, there has been a spate of warnings from inside and outside the country about the challenge of paying for a rapidly ageing population. The strict controls limiting most families ...

  3. China's western fuel depot

    Posted Jan 13th 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... in the west while strengthening central government control and national unity. Xinjiang, an arid area three times the size of France, is a key focus of the policy to expand the population and increase ... (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan) as well as Pakistan and India. That location alone gives Xinjiang- with its population of just 20 million- strategic importance for Beijing. ...

  4. Sick new world

    Posted Jul 07th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... populations in Asia and Africa, and small, low-lying island states such as those in the Pacific and Indian oceans, will be the first and hardest hit. The WHO is concerned that climate change ... rainfall patterns, increased rates of evaporation and melting glaciers, combined with population and economic growth, are expected to raise the number of people living in water-short regions ...

  5. Economic squeeze

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... and India- the world's two most populous nations, with well over one-third of humanity between them- need not be incompatible with protecting the environment. But it says that, to make growth ... and the absorptive capacity of the planet's ecosystem.' The US, with no more than 5 per cent of the world's population, consumes 25 per cent of the world's oil. America uses about 14 ...

  6. A true measure of disaster, from on high

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... in future. The issue is of critical importance to Asia. Of the continent's population of more than 4 billion, nearly 40 per cent live within 100km of the coast, many in low-lying deltas. The UN ... said that coastal zones, especially densely populated mega-delta regions in South, Southeast and Northeast Asia, would be at greatest risk due to increased flooding from the rising sea levels ...

  7. Counting the cost of bird flu

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... and Alexandra Sidorenko, a research fellow at Australia's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health- outline four possibilities. They are a 'mild' pandemic similar ... than the Spanish flu. The economic models in the report assume that 30 per cent of the population will become infected. But even in the ultra case, the assumed death rate- just over 2.3 per ...

  8. China's worsening water crisis

    Posted Aug 12th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... society was the best way to solve the problem. Relative to the size of its population, China is not well-endowed with natural resources including fresh water, fertile land and forest cover ... that by 2030, when the population reaches 1.6 billion, per-capita water resources will drop to 1,760 cubic metres a year- perilously close to the 1,700 cubic-metre level that is the recognised benchmark ...

  9. Flu vaccine dilemmas leave WHO with a headache

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... an assurance in February that, in the past two years, pandemic flu vaccine production capacity had increased by 300 per cent. But even this would fall far short of demand for a global population of 6.7 ...

  10. Meeting in the shadow of China

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... a combined population of more than 500 million and an estimated US$682 billion in gross domestic product last year. ANZ had a combined population of 24 million and an estimated GDP of $US587 billion ...




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