October 10, 1999 |
A majority of the 370,000 children born this Tuesday will be poor. Half will be Asian. And in theory, one will be the planet's 6 billionth person. Most experts greet this milestone with anxiety. In just 12 years, they note, humans have increased their number by 1 billion. During the 20th century, the world's population has tripled. And by 2100, ecologist David Pimentel of Cornell University warned in a recent paper, "12 billion miserable humans will suffer a difficult life on Earth."
July 11, 1987 |
Because of better food distribution and improved health care, the world's population has reached 5 billion--more than triple the level at the turn of the 19th Century--and is likely to grow by another billion by the end of this century, the Population Crisis Committee reported today.
April 17, 1994
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, leaders from many nations met to develop joint strategies to save the world's threatened natural resources. That high-profile U.N. conference proved to be an international embarrassment to the U.S. delegation; then-President George Bush, one of the conference participants, refused to sign the biodiversity treaty agreed to by more than 100 other nations. The United States now has a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of the world community: at the U.N.
March 29, 2001 |
It's official: China remains the nation with more people than any other, while India has become the second country to surpass the 1-billion mark. Census data released by both nations this week confirm the remarkable fact that the two Asian neighbors account for more than a third of all humanity. China boasts a population of 1.27 billion while India has 1.03 billion, official figures say.
September 19, 1988 |
A majority of Americans believe that mounting populations in poor nations of the Third World are threats to their jobs, to U.S. security and to the world environment and that support for family planning in developing countries is therefore justified, according to survey results announced Sunday.
December 7, 1997 |
Man has long been on the verge of overpopulating the Earth, if you believe the warnings. Around 200 A.D., the Roman writer Tertullian lamented that "we are burdensome to the world, the resources are scarcely adequate to us." The population at the time is believed to have been 200 million, barely 3% of today's 5.8 billion. Demographer Joel E.
December 18, 1990
Ahmed Fakhr, a career military officer who risked his life for Egypt in three wars, sat back in his chair and paused. The words were clearly difficult. "Fifteen years ago, I used to tell my two boys, if you leave this country and go work abroad, you are betraying your national cause. Stay here. Develop Egypt. The government paid for your health care, for your education. Stay here ." Fakhr sighed, then shrugged. "Today, I am preparing my two boys to emigrate," he said.
May 15, 2011
It's getting crowded out there. According to an updated report from the United Nations, the planet's population is not following the expected curve: topping out at about 9 billion mid-century and then leveling off. Instead, the demographic trends point to continued growth, bringing the worldwide population to 10.1 billion by the end of the century - nearly a 50% increase for a planet now inhabited by just under 7 billion. The highest rates of growth will be concentrated in poverty-stricken countries with low education levels, especially those in Africa, where the population is expected to more than triple to 3.5 billion.
February 22, 1990 |
Earth's population of 5.2 billion people will increase this decade by nearly 1 billion, the fastest population growth in history, threatening to erase the gains that many countries have struggled to achieve, a U.N. official said Wednesday. The population is increasing by three people every second, or about a quarter of a million every day, said Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund.