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Why Population Matters to Food Security

February 16, 2012

Almost one in seven people around the world are chronically hungry, lacking enough food to be healthy and lead active lives. This is despite the fact that enough food exists for all of the world’s people. Agricultural policies, the prices … Continue reading »

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Why Population Matters to Education

February 16, 2012

Population’s effects on education and the labor force will influence the opportunities available for the current generation of young people, the largest in history. The demographic transition—the combination of falling mortality rates followed by falling fertility rates—provides countries with a … Continue reading »

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Why Population Matters to Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS

February 16, 2012

Links between Population Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS Fertility, migration and urbanization affect the spread of diseases including tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Increased population densities and unhealthy living conditions in urban slums can ease the transmission of infections. Migration may also … Continue reading »

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Why Population Matters to Climate Change

February 16, 2012

Links between Population and Climate Change Adaptation Demographic trends have an important connection to both the challenges and solutions to the problem of climate change. Rapid population growth exacerbates vulnerability to the negative consequences of climate change, and exposes growing … Continue reading »

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Why Population Matters to Biodiversity

February 16, 2012

Links between Population and Biodiversity Population is recognized as an indirect driver of biodiversity loss, as human demands for resources like food and fuel play a key role in driving biodiversity degradation. This happens primarily through the conversion of ecosystems … Continue reading »

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Why Population Matters to Maternal Health

February 16, 2012

The State of Maternal Health Maternal mortality is a top cause of death among women of reproductive age in developing countries. Approximately 350,000 women die each year due to pregnancy-related causes, despite recent improvements and international commitments to reducing maternal … Continue reading »

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Steal My Idea, Please! Why An Open Source Attitude Can Make Apps Go Viral

November 7, 2011

Last week I got ripped off, but for the first time, I’m happy about it. They didn’t just steal my wallet and phone—they took something that me and a team of people spent months to create.

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Food Security for 7 Billion

November 1, 2011

This week, the birth of a baby somewhere took the world population past the 7 billion mark. That’s something to celebrate. Few thought the world could sustain that many people, ever – yet here we are.

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Stemming population growth is a cheap way to limit climate change

October 31, 2011

There’s no one way to suddenly cut carbon emissions, but better family planning where it’s most needed is a cost-effective start.

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Why Population Matters

October 31, 2011

Why Population Matters, a new publication, explains how population is connected to other development issues such as maternal health, poverty, security and climate change. Continue reading »

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