Global population reaches 7 billion people

  • Climate: World failing to meet 2C target, say analysts
    Climate: World failing to meet 2C target, say analysts Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday. More »

  • South Africa jails Mozambican rhino poachers
    South Africa jails Mozambican rhino poachers Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    South Africa has jailed two Mozambicans for 11 years for rhino poaching, police said Wednesday, as latest tallies revealed slaughter of the iconic animals climbing to a new high. More »

  • Harry Potter's son goes to school: author
    Harry Potter's son goes to school: author Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Harry Potter's fictional son will be among the nervous British children making the move to big school this week, novelist J.K. Rowling has told fans in an announcement that made a generation of loyal readers feel old. More »

  • World on track for warming 'far above' 2C target: analysts
    World on track for warming 'far above' 2C target: analysts Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday. More »

  • Overweight in midlife may speed up Alzheimer's: study
    Overweight in midlife may speed up Alzheimer's: study Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Being overweight at the age of 50 may speed the onset of Alzheimer's disease in old age, a study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry said Tuesday. More »

  • One billion people used Facebook on Monday
    One billion people used Facebook on Monday Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    CEO Mark Zuckerberg says one in seven people globally used the social media website in one day for the first time. More »

  • The Middle East is running out of water. Can they adapt? Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Rising global population and decreasing usable water supplies will cause the world’s demand for water to surge in the next few decades and intensify conflict in many countries, experts warn. In the rankings by the World Resources Institute (WRI), fourteen of the 33 countries most likely to be water stressed in 2040 are in the Middle East, including nine considered extremely highly stressed – Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lebanon. According to the researchers, the Middle East is already the least water-secure region in the world, because it draws heavily upon groundwater and desalinated sea water and faces "exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future," they say. More »

  • Fish oil supplements don't prevent mental decline: study
    Fish oil supplements don't prevent mental decline: study Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, do not protect against mental decline despite common belief, said a study Tuesday spanning 4,000 older people. More »

  • India floods threaten rare one-horned rhinos
    India floods threaten rare one-horned rhinos Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Hundreds of rare rhinos and other animals are fleeing flooding in India's northeast, raising fears of a rise in poaching during the exodus, a senior wildlife official said Tuesday. More »

  • Dementia 'will be a trillion-dollar disease by 2018'
    Dementia 'will be a trillion-dollar disease by 2018' Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The huge worldwide cost of dementia means that if it were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy - more than the market value of companies such as Google and Apple, according to an international report. More »

  • UN official: 'New mantra' is to keep teen girls in school
    UN official: 'New mantra' is to keep teen girls in school Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    MADABA, Jordan (AP) — The "new mantra" of the U.N. Population Fund is to keep girls in school until age 18 "in every nook and cranny of the world" to protect their rights and slow population growth, the head of the agency said. More »

  • 3 Critical Fixes for the US Health Care System (Op-Ed) Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Anmol Madan is co-founder and CEO of Ginger.io, which provides digital mental health support for people with depression and anxiety. Madan has published extensively on modeling large-scale human behaviour using statistical models and pattern recognition, and is a frequent speaker on behavioral analytics, machine learning, data privacy and health care entrepreneurship. More »

  • Monsanto is not the devil: GM most critical technology to feed growing popu …
    Monsanto is not the devil: GM most critical technology to feed growing popu … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Genetic modification is one of the most critical technologies needed if we are to continue to feed our ever-growing global population, a molecular biologist has said. Nina Fedoroff, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, has published a report on the increasing need for GM in crop production – and that deep-seated beliefs about the purported dangers of the technology are holding back progress. "Monsanto is not the devil," she told IBTimes UK. More »

  • How to Combat the Global Cybercrime Wave (Op-Ed) Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Dmitri Alperovitch is a computer security researcher and co-founder & CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., which provides cloud-based endpoint protection. This Op-Ed is part of a series provided by the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers, class of 2015. Alperovitch contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. More »

  • Paying for Nature's Bounty? It May be the Cheaper Alternative (Op-Ed) Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Jane Carter Ingram is director of the Ecosystems Services Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The recent encyclical "On Care for Our Common Home" by Pope Francis focused attention on the critical importance of our natural environment. Water filtration is a perfect example. More »

  • Earth Overshoot Day: We Just Entered the Red
    Earth Overshoot Day: We Just Entered the Red Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    As of August 13, humanity has used up all of the resources Earth is able to produce in one calendar year, and has produced more waste than Earth can absorb in that time, according to an organization that analyzed thousands of data points to come to that conclusion. The budget that should have lasted us for 365 days has only lasted 225 this year, according to California think tank Global Footprint Network, which has been calculating "ecological overshoot" for more than a decade. "That represents an overuse of about 60 percent," says Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network. More »

  • Unpaid UN intern David Hyde quits job after being forced to live in tent Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    An unpaid intern at the United Nations, who says he lived in a tent because he could not afford the high rent in Geneva, quit his job on 12 August. David Hyde from New Zealand has been spending his nights in a tent mounted on a patch of grass near Lake Geneva since he started his internship, according to Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve. More »

  • Beautiful, Rat-Filled Island Seen From Space
    Beautiful, Rat-Filled Island Seen From Space Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    OK, it's not much of a tourism slogan, but this space-based image of a small island off the coast of northern Australia highlights a long-standing threat to bird life in the Pacific. Rattus exulans, the Polynesian rat, is an unwelcome intruder on this sandy outpost. According to the Invasive Species Compendium maintained by the agricultural nonprofit Centre for Biosciences and Agriculture, Polynesians colonizing the Pacific brought Polynesian rats to western islands like Samoa and Tonga as far back as 4,000 years ago. More »

  • Greece agrees fiscal targets with creditors en route to bailout deal
    Greece agrees fiscal targets with creditors en route to bailout deal Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    A torn Greek flag is seen fluttering near Antirio, south-west of Athens, on August 9, 2015 More »

  • Optimism for new Greek bailout deal despite German misgivings
    Optimism for new Greek bailout deal despite German misgivings Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    A torn Greek flag is seen fluttering near Antirio, south-west of Athens, on August 9, 2015 More »

  • World's Population To Top 11 Billion by 2100
    World's Population To Top 11 Billion by 2100 Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    The current world population, at 7.3 billion, will increase to 9.7 billion by 2050 before rising to more than 11 billion five decades later, the department's Population Division director, John R. Wilmoth, explained in a presentation Monday at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle. More »

  • UN: World population could reach 11.2 billion by end of century
    UN: World population could reach 11.2 billion by end of century Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    A new study has predicted that the world's human population could grow by 40% to around 11.2 billion by the end of the century. John R. Wilmoth, the director of the United Nations (UN) Population Division, told a session focused on demographic forecasting at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2015) in Seattle, that the population could surge to 9.7 billion by 2050 before topping out at between 9.5 and 13.3 billion people in 2100. The population right now is 7.2 billion. More »

  • Spain: Abandoned villages up for sale in Galicia as population plummets
    Spain: Abandoned villages up for sale in Galicia as population plummets Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Around 400 villages are up for sale in Spain's northern Galicia, some of which are being offered for free. The villages come with verdant settings, including bread-making hearths, barns and stone and wood granaries used until a decade ago, when the villages had a decent population. "This is as near as paradise as I can think of," says Mark Adkinson, who founded the Galician Country Homes real estate firm and has recently begun marketing abandoned villages. More »

  • Comet 67P, robot lab Philae's alien host, nears Sun
    Comet 67P, robot lab Philae's alien host, nears Sun Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    A comet streaking through space with a European robot lab riding piggyback will skirt the Sun this week, setting another landmark in an extraordinary quest to unravel the origins of life on Earth. More »

  • Largest feature in universe with ring of 9 galaxies puzzles astronomers
    Largest feature in universe with ring of 9 galaxies puzzles astronomers Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Astronomers are puzzled over what is creating the largest feature in the observable universe -- a massive sphere of nine galaxies across five billion light-years. The galactic ring revealed by nine gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), is located seven billion light-years away and in a circle more than 70 times the diameter of a full moon. All nine are at similar distances from Earth and are clearly associated with the same structure, says Lajos Balazs of Konkoly Observatory in Budapest who led the study. More »

  • Ring of gamma ray bursts may be largest feature in the universe
    Ring of gamma ray bursts may be largest feature in the universe Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A ring of nine cataclysmic explosions five billion light years across is thought to be the largest feature ever seen in the observable universe. More »

  • Hen Therapy for the Old and Lonely
    Hen Therapy for the Old and Lonely Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    How nurturing chickens is helping elderly communities combat loneliness and associated mental health problems. More »

  • The week in numbers Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Some eye-catching statistics from the past seven days: More »

  • Areva agrees to sale of nuclear reactor unit to EDF
    Areva agrees to sale of nuclear reactor unit to EDF Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Electricity giant EDF says it will buy between 51 and 75 percent of of Areva's nuclear reactor unit More »

  • UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century. More »

  • 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 »