Population Distribution and Density

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.

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Mirjam Donath
High-rise office buildings are seen during sunset in Tokyo December 10, 2013.
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(Reuters) - More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "mega cities" - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

That proportion is expected to jump, so that more than six billion people will be city dwellers by 2045, the U.N.'s World Urbanization Prospects report said. link.reuters.com/buj42w ... Read more about World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.

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Community Resilience Tops U.N.’s Disaster Relief Agenda

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Kalinga Seneviratne
A women-led village council prepares a “social map” of the local community. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS
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BANGKOK, Jun 26 2014 (IPS) - The Bangkok Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific adopted at the close of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference On Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) here today emphasised community-based solutions, and reflects a growing global desire to focus more on grassroots actions in the face of catastrophic climate change. ... Read more about Community Resilience Tops U.N.’s Disaster Relief Agenda

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Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Thalif Deen
At the Kawrgosik Refugee Camp near Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, more than 200,000 refugees from Syria are being hosted by the regional government. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2014 (IPS) - The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty worldwide. ... Read more about Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Percent of the Population that Has Hi-Speed Internet Access at Home by Race/Ethnicity

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http://www.freepress.net/sites/default/files/fp-legacy/lccrdigitaldivide.pdf

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Percent of the Population that Has Hi-Speed Internet Access at Home by Race/Ethnicity

Access to high-speed connections such as DSL and cable modems, represent a new dimension of digital divide. With the rapidity of technological change, very many people who thought yesterday have sufficient technological skills and now find themselves sidelined and  destabilized.

About a quarter of whites and a third of Asians have of broadband access at home, unlike the Mexicans who have the lowest rate.

Only one of out ten Mexican-Americans has a hi-speed connection at home. ... Read more about Percent of the Population that Has Hi-Speed Internet Access at Home by Race/Ethnicity

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Refugee and Asylum Seekers

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bodyontheline.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/on-refugees/

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Refugee and Asylum Seekers

The main refugee problem lies around the middle east; especially b/c of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian refugee camps are dispersed all around in neighbouring countries. Refugees are also in the poorer countries, esp sub-Saharan African countries in Africa due to issues like government instability, problems with ethnicity, climate change, droughts, desertification, poverty, etc. where people have no choice but to take refuge in neighbouring countries.These refugees are under the temporary protection of UNHCR. ... Read more about Refugee and Asylum Seekers

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Brain Drain Index

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http://www.saworldview.com/article/brain-drain

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Brain Drain Index

This chart represents the percentage of graduates planning on staying in US as opposed to returning to their country of origin.The countries’ percentage of doctoral grads that plan to stay in US are mostly from China, India, Iran, Nepal. The highest percentage of graduates from foreign countries planning to stay are mostly from east and south Asia of 79.2%. Consequences are that the countries of origin lack people with high skills; e.g. many doctors and nurses in Jamaica left to gain a higher wage/salary which is beneficial to the host country but not so much for the country of origin. ... Read more about Brain Drain Index

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On World Population Day, Nine Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion

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Robert Engelman
On World Population Day, Nine Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion
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Although most analysts assume that the world’s population will rise from today’s 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size. ... Read more about On World Population Day, Nine Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion

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