Global population reaches 7 billion people

  • 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 »

  • Ad campaign stars Terry Pratchett
    Ad campaign stars Terry Pratchett Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Sir Terry Pratchett is posthumously starring in a hard-hitting TV ad campaign waging war on Alzheimer's - the disease which he died from in March this year. More »

  • Watch Sir Terry Pratchett posthumously join celebrities to fight dementia in …
    Watch Sir Terry Pratchett posthumously join celebrities to fight dementia in … Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Famous faces including Seth Rogen have united with the late author for the charity’s first ever TV and cinema campaign – Fightback. More »

  • Mass deaths of rare Kazakhstan antelopes stir conservation fears
    Mass deaths of rare Kazakhstan antelopes stir conservation fears Sat, May 30, 2015

    The sudden deaths of tens of thousands of endangered antelopes in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan over the past two weeks have left scientists scrambling for answers and conservationists worried about the animal's future. More »

  • Australia disappointed but promises to work with Blatter Sat, May 30, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's football chief Frank Lowy has promised to work with Sepp Blatter to try to repair FIFA's tattered reputation despite his disappointment at the reelection of the Swiss as president of the game's world governing body. Australia was the only country to publicly break with the 47-nation Asian Football Confederation's backing of Blatter, who won a fifth term in Zurich on Friday in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world football. Football Federation Australia (FFA), still furious that their bid for the 2022 World Cup won just one vote as Qatar was controversially awarded the tournament, had announced they would back Blatter's Jordanian opponent, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein. More »

  • Star power: Troubled ITER nuclear fusion project seeks new path
    Star power: Troubled ITER nuclear fusion project seeks new path Fri, May 22, 2015

    In 1985, then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan launched one of the unlikeliest ideas of the Cold War. More »

  • Cancer Death Rate Declines Worldwide Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The rate of deaths from cancer appears to be declining worldwide, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed information from death certificates in 60 countries between 2000 and 2010. The total number of cancer deaths increased over this time period, due to the growing world population, and the fact that people are living longer. In particular, there was a decrease in the rate of deaths from stomach cancer in almost all countries, a decrease in lung cancer deaths among men, and a decrease in breast and prostate cancer deaths in developed countries, according to the study. More »

  • Learning from Earth's Smallest Ecosystems (Kavli Hangout)
    Learning from Earth's Smallest Ecosystems (Kavli Hangout) Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    From inside our bodies to under the ocean floor, microbiomes — communities of bacteria and other one-celled organisms — thrive everywhere in nature. The diversity of all the plants and animals — everything that's alive today that you can see with your eyes — that's a drop in the proverbial ocean of diversity contained in the bacterial and microbial world. More »

  • 5bn people 'lack access to surgery'
    5bn people 'lack access to surgery' Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A large majority of people in the world do not have access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new report. More »

  • Half the US Faces Earthquake Risk
    Half the US Faces Earthquake Risk Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    More than 143 million Americans live in earthquake-prone regions in the Lower 48 states, according to research presented here Wednesday (April 22) at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America. If you include Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, that number rises to about 150 million U.S. citizens, said lead researcher Kishor Jaiswal, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contractor. In a previous estimate prepared in 1991, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said 75 million people in 35 states were at risk of earthquakes. The USGS has also learned more about earthquake hazards. More »

  • Agency: Humpback whales' recovery is national success story
    Agency: Humpback whales' recovery is national success story Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century. More »

  • Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales
    Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of protection and restoration efforts. More »

  • India's rising tiger numbers may be victory only on paper
    India's rising tiger numbers may be victory only on paper Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) — At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation. More »

  • '60 is the new middle age' - study
    '60 is the new middle age' - study Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    People may need to rethink what they believe is old as researchers have suggested that 60 is the new middle age. More »

  • Hillary for the world?
    Hillary for the world? Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Hillary Clinton presents herself as the liberal paragon that her track record simply does not support. More »

  • World Bank welcomes China's new bank in poverty fight
    World Bank welcomes China's new bank in poverty fight Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim delivers a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, on April 7, 2015 More »

  • World Will Get More Religious by 2050 Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The world is becoming more religious, as the number of agnostics and others who don't affiliate with a certain religion shrinks as a percentage of the global population. By 2050, just 13 percent of people in the world will say they are unaffiliated, compared with 16 percent who said the same in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Group survey. The United States is an exception, where more Americans are expected to flee organized religion. Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, and at a higher rate than the world population balloons, the survey found. More »

  • Muslim population could catch up with Christians globally
    Muslim population could catch up with Christians globally Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The Muslim and Christian populations could be nearly equal by 2050, with Islam expected to be the fastest-growing faith on the planet, according to projections released Thursday. More »