June 28, 2008
Re "The price of hunger," editorial, June 23 So The Times believes that $30 billion a year will fix the world's hunger problems. By raising the starving into the level of not quite starving, we actually ensure a new, larger generation of starving. Populations without constraint grow exponentially. The world population is now at least three times the sustainable level. Compassion compels us to minimize death rates, but wisdom directs us to reduce birthrates. This is not only the proper approach to the food crisis but to the water shortage, global warming and fossil fuel and mineral resource exhaustion.
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.
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.