Global population reaches 7 billion people

  • India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N.
    India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N. Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is set to overtake China and become the world's most populous country in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations predicted. The current global population of 7.3 billion is forecast to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, slightly above the last set of U.N. projections. More »

  • Recent developments in the Greek debt crisis
    Recent developments in the Greek debt crisis Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    People sit outside the Greek parliament in Athens on July 21, 2015 More »

  • Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men
    Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Women with Alzheimer's may face a swifter mental decline than men with the same condition, but researchers are not sure why, according to a study released this week at US a medical conference. More »

  • A week in the Greek debt crisis
    A week in the Greek debt crisis Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks up during a swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed members of the government at the Presidential Palace in Athens on July 18, 2015 More »

  • German parliament backs talks on new Greek bailout
    German parliament backs talks on new Greek bailout Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    A total of 439 politicians at the lower house approve negotiations for new bailout worth $94bn, with 119 against. More »

  • Merkel rallies German lawmakers to back Greece bailout plan
    Merkel rallies German lawmakers to back Greece bailout plan Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses lawmakers in the Bundestag in Berlin on July 17, 2015 More »

  • Germany to vote on Greek bailout in crucial test for deal
    Germany to vote on Greek bailout in crucial test for deal Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), pictured with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Berlin on March 23, 2015 More »

  • Homestays for snow leopards in the Himalayas
    Homestays for snow leopards in the Himalayas Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    2015 declared International Year of the Snow Leopard to help conservation efforts for the endangered cats. More »

  • Leaders must put aside 'narrow self-interest' to end poverty says Ban … Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    By Katy Migiro ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must put aside "narrow self-interest" to break a deadlock over how to finance the United Nation's bold new global development agenda, its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the opening of a financing conference in Ethiopia. Some 190 nations hope to agree on how to bankroll 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include ending poverty and hunger, combating climate change and achieving gender equality by 2030. "Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favour of working together for the common well-being of humanity," Ban told thousands of delegates gathered for the four day meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. More »

  • India, Pakistan to join China, Russia in security group
    India, Pakistan to join China, Russia in security group Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    By Lidia Kelly, Denis Pinchuk and Darya Korsunskaya UFA, Russia (Reuters) - India and Pakistan began accession to a regional security group led by China and Russia on Friday after two days of summits which President Vladimir Putin held up as evidence Moscow is not isolated in the world. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, meeting in the Russian city of Ufa a day after the BRICS emerging economies held a summit there, said the invitation to the two Asian nations showed a "multi-polar" world was now emerging. "These processes are accompanied by increasing security challenges and threats, increasing uncertainty and instability in various regions of the world." The SCO, which also includes the Central Asian former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, is widely seen as a platform for Moscow and Beijing to project influence in the region. More »

  • World Population Day 2015: We need to empower vulnerable displaced women and …
    World Population Day 2015: We need to empower vulnerable displaced women and … Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    War, conflict and human rights violations have forced the highest number of people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere since records began. In what the UN has called a worldwide failure in an "age of unprecedented mass displacement", women and girls have been left vulnerable. On this year's World Population Day, on 11 July, the theme is Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies. More »

  • Correction: Technology Disruptions story Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    In a story July 8 about technical problems at United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press reported erroneously that United is the biggest U.S. airline. ... More »

  • Bad day for geeks: Tech disruptions plague United, NYSE, WSJ
    Bad day for geeks: Tech disruptions plague United, NYSE, WSJ Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    It was a rough day for tech: The nation's biggest airline, its oldest stock exchange, and its most prominent business newspaper all suffered technology problems that upended service for parts of the day. ... More »

  • China's Uber-style taxi app raises $2 bn
    China's Uber-style taxi app raises $2 bn Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    China's top taxi hailing app Didi Kuaidi says it has raised $2.0 billion in two weeks More »

  • U.S. private equity fund Paine takes bite of EU farming Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Paine & Partners expanded its farm and agribusiness holdings on Wednesday with the acquisition of a leading European Union agricultural producer, Spearhead International Ltd, for an undisclosed amount. Cambridge, England-based Spearhead has farm operations covering about 85,000 hectares under cultivation in the United Kingdom, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia, with farms raising a variety of crops, including grains, oilseeds, vegetables, sugar beets, livestock and other crops. Spearhead is a key supplier to a number of multinational food companies, including PepsiCo Inc , and has been developing its seed production business, according to Paine & Partners. More »

  • Sometimes, views on science are not political: US study
    Sometimes, views on science are not political: US study Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The science of climate change divides the United States along political lines, but ideology matters little when it comes to views on space exploration, animal research and genetically modified food, a study said Wednesday. More »

  • ‘The community is worried they will be teased – they’re not allowed out of the …
  • Climate change may destroy health gains: panel
    Climate change may destroy health gains: panel Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Climate change may wipe out the last 50 years' gains in global health by ramping up heatwaves, flood, drought, hunger and disease, an expert panel said Tuesday. More »

  • Fighting climate change could save lives, money: US report
    Fighting climate change could save lives, money: US report Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Taking action against global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions could save thousands of lives and avoid major economic losses before century's end, said a US government report issued Monday. More »

  • Remember that time we were all chucking ice water over each other?
    Remember that time we were all chucking ice water over each other? Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    There are still people fighting the ‘unwinnable fight’ against MND. More »

  • Green love-in at Paris Air Show but weaker sales
    Green love-in at Paris Air Show but weaker sales Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    ATA's Chief Executive, Tony Tyler speaks about an agreement aimed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, improve energy consumption and develop biofuels at the Paris Air Show at the Bourget on June 18, ... More »

  • Record year for renewable power; heat, transport stay fossil
    Record year for renewable power; heat, transport stay fossil Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows. More »

  • Violence Has Forced 60 Million People From Their Homes
    Violence Has Forced 60 Million People From Their Homes Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    For example: According to annual figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, released on Thursday, in 2014 there were almost 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the globe right now. Not since World War II have there been so many refugees or IDPs. Most of the growth in that period was actually not from refugees—that number had grown a comparatively scant 23 percent between 2004 and 2013—but among IDPs, or those uprooted within their home country, whose ranks had swelled by more than 300 percent since in that time. More »

  • Green spaces 'boost young minds'
    Green spaces 'boost young minds' Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found. More »

  • Manuela's Madrid: a pretty, gritty city
    Manuela's Madrid: a pretty, gritty city Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Tourists love it, locals are proud of it, but beyond Madrid's tree-lined boulevards, pavement cafes and world-class museums lies a world of inequality that its new mayor vows to fight. More »

  • Chinese taxi app 'raising $1.5 bn to battle Uber'
    Chinese taxi app 'raising $1.5 bn to battle Uber' Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    A woman gets into a taxi on a street in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen More »

  • UN Security Council is 'failing' war-wracked world says Red Cross
    UN Security Council is 'failing' war-wracked world says Red Cross Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The Red Cross has warned that the world is facing conflict on an "unprecedented" scale, fuelled by the international community's failure to work together to end wars and humanitarian crises. More »

  • Uber plans $1 billion China investment: report
    Uber plans $1 billion China investment: report Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Uber operates in 11 cities in China and plans to enter 50 more next year More »

  • Panama: The islands home to hundreds of albinos who must hide from the tropical …
    Panama: The islands home to hundreds of albinos who must hide from the tropical … Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    There are hundreds of people with albinism among the 80,000 indigenous Guna who live on islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. One in every 150 Guna children born is albino, according to Pascale Jeambrun, founder of the local SOS Albino organisation. For years, the alabaster-skinned people born on this sun-scorched constellation of islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama have been venerated as the the Children of the Moon or the Grandchildren of the Sun. But that same sun is also their greatest foe. More »

  • G7 says 'deep cuts' in greenhouse gases needed this century
    G7 says 'deep cuts' in greenhouse gases needed this century Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    G7 leaders called at a summit Monday for a "decarbonisation of the global economy" and said deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are needed over the course of this century. More »

  • Outsourcing refugees?
    Outsourcing refugees? Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    Australia pays Cambodia $40m to resettle unwanted migrants. Is it setting a dangerous precedent for the future? More »

  • Battling deadly air pollution on World Environment Day
    Battling deadly air pollution on World Environment Day Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Four Indian cities top the UN's most-polluted list, shaving 3.2 years off of life expectancy. More »

  • World Environment Day 2015: The costs of using up Earth's natural resou …
    World Environment Day 2015: The costs of using up Earth's natural resou … Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Many of our planet's ecosystems are reaching critical point of depletion or nearing irreversible change, pushed by economic development and population growth. According to the United Nations, if current consumptions and production patterns remain the same and the population grows to its expected figure of 9.6 billion, three planets will be needed to sustain our ways of living and consumption by 2050. On 2015's World Environment Day, on 5 June, the message is clear – something positive needs to be done to turn the problem around. More »

  • France moves to salvage key nuclear reactor sector
    France moves to salvage key nuclear reactor sector Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    France faces a unique challenge as it moves to save nuclear reactor manufacturer Areva and salvage one of its world-class industries and jobs More »

  • 15 Million Cancer Cases Diagnosed in 2013 Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The number of new cases of cancer in the world is rising, according to a new report that looked at cancer in 118 countries. Globally, the number of new cancer cases increased from 8.5 million in 1990 to 14.9 million in 2013, the study found. In addition, cancer is accounting for an increasingly greater proportion of deaths: In 1990, 12 percent of all deaths in the countries studied were due to cancer, but in 2013, it was 15 percent. More »