Global population reaches 7 billion people

  • Combating GMO 'fear-mongering' at America's Monsanto
    Combating GMO 'fear-mongering' at America's Monsanto Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    The entrance sign is seen at the headquarters of Monsanto, at Creve Coeur in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 7, 2014 More »

  • Correction: Fast-Growing Salmon story Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    In a story April 3 about genetically modified salmon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company, wanted to produce cattle without horns for meat. The company ... More »

  • Engineered salmon may be a tough sell
    Engineered salmon may be a tough sell Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether ... More »

  • US' political high priests
    US' political high priests Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Why do mainstream pundits, who are generally wrong on US foreign policy, continue to pontificate? More »

  • Unions want Kew Gardens 'debate'
    Unions want Kew Gardens 'debate' Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Unions have called for a "proper debate" on the future of Kew Gardens amid spending cuts which could lead to the loss of more than 120 jobs. More »

  • 'Cut out meat' to hit emissions aim
    'Cut out meat' to hit emissions aim Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Meat and cheese may have to be off the menu if there is to be any hope of hitting climate change targets, a new study suggests. More »

  • Smoking bans 'cut premature births'
    Smoking bans 'cut premature births' Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Smoking bans help to reduce premature births and childhood asthma, new research suggests. More »

  • China orders 70 Airbus planes in $10-billion deal
    China orders 70 Airbus planes in $10-billion deal Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    A picture taken on February 26, 2014 shows a logo of Airbus Group in Blagnac southwestern France More »

  • Comet-probing robot to wake from hibernation
    Comet-probing robot to wake from hibernation Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    A fridge-sized robot lab hurtling through the Solar System aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first-ever landing by a spacecraft on a comet. More »

  • As BRICS economies grow up, 10 upstarts emerge
    As BRICS economies grow up, 10 upstarts emerge Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Indonesians pack a crowded shopping match on the 19th day of the holy month of Ramadan in Jakarta on July 28, 2013 More »

  • As BRICS economies grow up, 10 upstarts emerge: report
    As BRICS economies grow up, 10 upstarts emerge: report Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Indonesians pack a crowded shopping match on the 19th day of the holy month of Ramadan in Jakarta on July 28, 2013 More »

  • A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study
    A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with tuberculosis every year, said a study Monday that also gave the first tally of drug-resistant TB among the young. More »

  • Japan retailer Rakuten slammed over ivory and whale meat products
    Japan retailer Rakuten slammed over ivory and whale meat products Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is the world's largest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products, an environmental campaign group said Tuesday, saying that running the advertisements was akin to arming poachers. More »

  • Africa to spew half world's particle pollution by 2030
    Africa to spew half world's particle pollution by 2030 Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    With its exploding urban population burning ever more coal and wood, Africa could contribute as much as 55 percent of the world's particle pollutants by 2030, a study said Tuesday. More »

  • ECB unlikely to end sterilisation of SMP purchases - traders
    ECB unlikely to end sterilisation of SMP purchases - traders Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    The European Central Bank will not stop sterilising bond purchases it made at the height of the euro zone's debt crisis, a majority of euro money market traders polled by Reuters said. The ECB bought bonds of some troubled peripheral countries through its Securities Market Programme (SMP) in an attempt to counter spiking yields as the crisis worsened. Some economists and investors had expected the ECB to announce a halt to sterilisation at last Thursday's monthly policy meeting, to boost excess liquidity in the financial system and help bring down interbank lending rates. In the event, it left interest rates on hold and unveiled no other measures to bolster the fragile euro zone recovery, and ECB chief Mario Draghi said the benefits of not sterilising would be "relatively limited". More »

  • To build the Death Star, we’ll need this space elevator
    To build the Death Star, we’ll need this space elevator Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    OK, I was kind of joking — I chose the Death Star as my example because it was the biggest and most absurd-sounding space technology project that I thought readers would generally be aware of. Total costs are estimated at just $20 billion. More »

  • France will use reserve fund to keep deficit pledge - minister
    France will use reserve fund to keep deficit pledge - minister Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    France will use a seven-billion-euro "precautionary" reserve fund to ensure it hits its target of narrowing its public deficit to within targets agreed with the European Union, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said. France is due to reveal its 2013 deficit figure on March 31 and is targeting a deficit of 3.6 percent of output in 2014 before cutting it to 2.8 percent, just under the three-percent threshold agreed with the EU, in 2015. However the European Commission said last week it estimated France would miss that target without extra efforts and put it under increased monitoring. More »

  • U.N. warns food security a risk to Asia-Pacific Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    By Stian Reklev ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. Demand for food will rise rapidly over the next few decades as the world population surpasses 9 billion and increasingly wealthy people improve their diets, consuming more calories, said Hiroyuki Konuma, the assistant director-general of FAO Asia-Pacific, as the body launched a one-week regional food security conference in Ulan Bator. But as the need for more food increases, the world is spending less and less money on agricultural research, causing many scientists to doubt whether food production can keep up with demand growth. More »

  • Facebook 'seeks to buy drone firm'
    Facebook 'seeks to buy drone firm' Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, to step up its efforts to provide internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports from technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC. More »

  • 'Limited diversity' to food supply
    'Limited diversity' to food supply Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The global food supply is becoming more vulnerable to climate change-related threats because people around the world increasingly eat a similar and narrow diet, scientists say. More »

  • '12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards
    '12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration. More »

  • Ukraine PM says $37 billion went missing under Yanukovich Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    By Natalia Zinets and Timothy Heritage KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's new prime minister said on Thursday loans worth $37 billion (22 billion pounds) had gone missing from state coffers during ousted President Viktor Yanukovich's rule, and warned that unpopular measures were needed to salvage the economy. With the hryvnia currency in freefall and concerns about the low level of foreign currency reserves growing, Arseny Yatseniuk said the country urgently needed loans from the International Monetary Fund, which is visiting Kiev next week. The scale of alleged theft implied by Yatseniuk in a speech to parliament was jaw-dropping, even for a population now used to tales of Yanukovich's extravagance and lavish lifestyle, including his luxury residence outside Kiev. The average salary in Ukraine is around $500 a month. More »

  • Public Health Warning Issued After Killer Cat Parasite Spreads To Whales
    Public Health Warning Issued After Killer Cat Parasite Spreads To Whales Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    A potentially deadly parasite has spread from domestic cats to beluga whales in the Arctic, prompting scientists to issue a public health warning. Inuit populations who consume whalemeat have been warned the parasite, called Toxoplasma gondii, can be spread when people do not wash their hands after preparing meals. The bacteria is destroyed by cooking the meat, yet the Food Standards Agency suggests around 350,000 people become infected every year. Toxoplasma gondii is a hugely successful pathogen capable of infecting virtually all warm-blooded animals. More »

  • Mannahatta 2409: Simulating the City Four Centuries in the Future (Op-Ed)
    Mannahatta 2409: Simulating the City Four Centuries in the Future (Op-Ed) Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Eric W. Sanderson is a senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the author of "Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs" (Abrams, 2013) and "Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City" (Abrams, 2009). He contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. America started with just such a false presumption — the idea that there is always more to be had from the natural world. More »

  • Vodafone tables £5.8bn bid for Ono
    Vodafone tables £5.8bn bid for Ono Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    Mobile phone operator Vodafone has reportedly tabled a seven billion euro (£5.8 billion) bid for Spanish cable company Ono as it attempts to revive its European business. More »

  • Europe's great powers and the 'suicidal' war
    Europe's great powers and the 'suicidal' war Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    On the eve of World War I, Europe's great powers ruled the globe, their scientists, engineers and artists at the peak of innovation. Yet in 1914, the Old Continent plunged into a war of unprecedented violence, dragging half the planet in its wake. More »

  • Twitter sees £4bn wiped off value
    Twitter sees £4bn wiped off value Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    Twitter saw seven billion US dollars (£4 billion) wiped off its value after its first set of results as a public company disappointed investors and sparked a Wall Street backlash. More »

  • Cancer Cases To Surge As World Population Ages
    Cancer Cases To Surge As World Population Ages Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Cancer cases will soar as the planet's population grows and ages, the World Health Organisation has warned. The WHO predicts in a new report that the number of cancer diagnoses will reach 24 million a year by 2035 - up from 14 million now. It says in a report to mark World Cancer Day that the majority of the extra cases will be in the developing world. That view was backed up by the World Cancer Research Fund, which released results from a survey showing that half the UK population is unaware that diet can affect the risk of cancer. More »

  • Facebook of 2024 Will be Very Different
    Facebook of 2024 Will be Very Different Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Gartner analyst Brian Blau admits he is surprised Facebook has reached its 10th birthday in such good shape, but now believes the company is too big to fail - even if a better social network arrives on the scene. "Facebook had a rough start, they had a lot of bumps on the way and there were a lot of predictions of it not being able to survive, or that another company would do to them what they did to MySpace, but so far that hasn't been the case." Amassing more than a billion members in 10 years - half of which log on every day - is no mean feat, and while the 'network effect' which helped the site's membership grow so rapidly could potentially cause users to leave for a rival network just as fast, Blau believes Facebook is now immune to failure in such a way. "Network effect certainly can work in the opposite direction and there's nothing stopping a company from inventing new products and doing exactly the same [more successfully than a rival] - but I'll say for social networking that time may have passed. More »

  • Chinese ivory smuggler gets record sentence after Kenya trial
    Chinese ivory smuggler gets record sentence after Kenya trial Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    A court in Kenya on Tuesday slapped a record sentence on a Chinese ivory smuggler, the first person to be convicted under tough new laws designed to stem a surge in poaching. More »

  • Is living in cities making us unhappy and dysfunctional?
    Is living in cities making us unhappy and dysfunctional? Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    This is entirely natural given the extent to which they have become the hub of economic activity, which has consequently given rise to an ever increasing number of people living in urban areas. Half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas. On 11th May, 1917, John B. Calhoun was born in Elkton, Tennessee. Beginning in 1954, Calhoun conducted experiments with, and studied the effects of, population density on rats' behaviour. More »

  • Slaty Egret: A Cause For Concern by Ian.Kate.Bruce's Wildlife
    Slaty Egret: A Cause For Concern by Ian.Kate.Bruce's Wildlife Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Declining numbers cause concern for this beautiful resident of the swamps and reed-beds of South Central Africa. With a world population of three to five thousand, its stronghold is the Okavango Delta/Lake Ngami area which is home to the majority of that population (two to three thousand birds). Threatened by habitat loss and an unexplained inability to increase numbers in available habitat it is classified as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species and is subject to the agreement on the Conservation of African- Eurasian Waders (EAWU). Photographed at Moremi on the Okavango Delta, Botswana. More »

  • What we learned at (and about) Davos this year
    What we learned at (and about) Davos this year Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    Iran's president Hassan Rouhani addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014 More »

  • Budget for Rio 2016 up 27 percent to $2.93 billion
    Budget for Rio 2016 up 27 percent to $2.93 billion Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The operating budget for the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2016 has jumped 27 percent to seven billion Brazilian reals (1.76 billion pounds). Officials told a news conference on Thursday the new total for the combined Games in Rio was less than London spent in 2012, explaining the rise was due to factors like inflation and new technology. We want to ensure a balanced budget (and) avoid any transfer of public funds to the committee," said Artur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the local organising team. More »

  • Bosch shifts focus toward developing connected devices
    Bosch shifts focus toward developing connected devices Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    German conglomerate Robert Bosch said on Wednesday it would shift its strategic focus to developing technologies and components that talk to each other to tap a growing market for connected devices and services. This goes for mobility, for industrial technology, and especially for energy and building technology - also in connection with our consumer goods," Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management said in a statement released on the day it unveiled full-year results. In energy and building technology for example, Bosch sees potential in the creation of "smart homes" where sensors activate geothermal or solar heating systems, depending on the weather conditions. Unlisted Bosch Group said its earnings before interest and tax margin rose to 3 percent in 2013, up from roughly 2.3 percent in the year-earlier period. More »