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  1. News - World - CLIMATE CHANGE

    40pc drop in polar bear population fuels fears over global warming

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 08:47pm by MCT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune Polar bear population declines 40pc The number of polar bears in eastern Alaska and western Canada has declined by 40 per cent, according to a study that raises questions ... and released polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea from 2001 to 2010. The bear population in the area shrank to about 900 in 2010, down from about 1,600 in 2004. Just two of 80 cubs the team tracked ...

  2. News - World - STATISTICS

    World's population to hit 7.2 billion next month, says UN report

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York India to overtake China as the most populous country by 2028, UN report forecasts World's population to hit 7.2 billion next month The population ... Population Prospects" report says the number of people inhabiting the planet at the start of the next century could top 16.6 billion or, depending on the statistical model, could be as low ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The lie of the populism scare

    Posted Nov 02nd 2014, 04:27am by Philip Bowring

    ... of the populism scare It is back in fashion in the business community, and now in the writings of members of China's Communist Party, that democracy leads to welfarism, debt and decline. Leung ... crises caused by poor regulation, not populism. So what about Asia? Japan spends relatively little on welfare. Its public debt, by far the biggest as a percentage of GDP among rich countries, ...

  4. News - World - SOCIETY

    Australian study finds that musicians die earlier than general population

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 10:28pm by AFP

    ... to the adage, finding American musicians die up to 25 years earlier than the general population. "This is clear evidence that all is not well in pop music land," said the University ... between five and 10 times greater than the general US population, while suicide rates were between two and seven times higher. Homicide rates were up to eight times greater than the wider ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The everyday challenges of China's ageing population demand attention

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 04:06am by LIJIA ZHANG

    ... reality of it and the extremely alarming situation China's vast ageing population will face. My 86-year-old father, terminally ill with a heart condition, had lived at home with my ... smaller families, a more mobile population and an ever more individualistic society have loosened family ties and broken the traditional elderly care system. According to research released last ...

  6. News - China - YUNNAN EARTHQUAKE

    Timber buildings, high forest cover and low population levels kept Jinggu quake casualties low

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 04:28am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com Architecture, landscape 'kept casualties low' Quake-resistant timber buildings, well-preserved natural landscapes and low population density ... Wang Bin, the deputy chief of the bureau, said Jinggu's population density was about one-sixth that of Ludian's, a factor that also helped to lower the death toll, Xinhua reported. ...

  7. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    The fear of populism

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 12:23pm by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong Since 1997 Hong Kong's business and professional elite have been more worried about the possibility of populism than any tampering by Beijing The elite's fear of populism One of the political narratives that have emerged around the concept of "one country, two systems" is the "establishment narrative", which sees populist democracy ...

  8. News - World - POPULATION

    UN says world population heading for 11 billion, may not stabilise

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 11:47pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington World population may reach 11 billion, UN says The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people ... on Thursday in the US journal Science. "The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population, which is currently around seven billion, would go up to nine billion and level off ...

  9. News - China

    Beijing targets 60 villages in effort to improve safety, control migrant population

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 12:34pm

    ... to overhaul more than 60 villages in the greater Beijing area in the next four months to reduce the size of the “floating population” to try to prevent any “mass-casualty incidents”, an office ... and a large disproportion between the floating population and the registered population. The floating population of Xindian village located in the Chaoyang district, for instance, is 43 times greater ...

  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Census shows Myanmar's population is nine million fewer than estimated

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:01am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yangon Population nine million fewer than estimated Myanmar's first census in three decades shows the country has a population of 51 million people, some nine million fewer than an earlier estimate. The former junta-ruled nation's last survey was held in 1983 and in more recent estimates the government had put the population at around 60 million. ...




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