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How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?

“In a Horizon special, naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis. In his lengthy career, Sir David has watched the human population more than double from 2.5 billion in 1950 to nearly seven … Continue reading

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Hans Rosling on global population growth

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes … Continue reading

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The retirement tsunami

As the baby boomers bound towards retirement, experts agree this country can no longer afford to keep paying superannuation from the age of 65. But the Government, nervous about upsetting greying voters, does not want to engage. So will the … Continue reading

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Creating Safer and Kinder Districts to Grow Old

New York City has given pedestrians more time to cross at more than 400 intersections in an effort to make streets safer for older residents. The city has sent yellow school buses, filled not with children but with elderly people, … Continue reading

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Thailand urged to provide incentives for women to produce ‘qualitative’ children

As Thailand is facing sharp declines in birth and death rates, an academic population expert advised on Sunday, World Population Day, that the government should lay out measures to encourage people to produce ‘qualitative rather than quantitative children’. Prof Pramote … Continue reading

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How to feed the world

A film directed by Denis van Waerebeke for the « Bon appétit » exhibition, aimed mainly at the kids aged 9 to 14.

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Baby boomers: powerful and selfish

We’ve had the best of times. Now we’re using our voting muscle to ensure our children inherit a far harsher world We are the first generation in which pretty well everyone can read and write fairly fluently. We had the freedom … Continue reading

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Bike messengers deliver condoms as part of Swiss health campaign

As part of a campaign to fight AIDS, Swiss health officials are offering a new twist on safe sex: condoms delivered to your door. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health began a new program Thursday giving people in Geneva, Bern and … Continue reading

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Genes predict living beyond 100

What makes these people live a very long life is not a lack of genetic predisposition to diseases, but rather an enrichment of longevity. Paola Sebastiani, Boston University http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10475018.stm

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Poor in UK dying 10 years earlier than rich, despite years of government action

The life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England is widening, despite years of government and NHS action, a hard-hitting National Audit Office report reveals today. Extensive efforts have failed to reduce the wide differential, which can still be … Continue reading

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