Population Growth

Rivers will generate a quarter of GDP by 2050, study shows

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Damian Carrington
Rivers will generate a quarter of GDP by 2050, study shows
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The world's 10 most populous river basins will be vital for economic growth – but only if water shortage threat is tackled

Water is the very stuff of life, yet billions of people do not have access to a clean, reliable source. Changing that takes investment - public and private - so winning the economic argument about the value of such investment is very valuable. And a new report commissioned by HSBC makes the argument in a striking way. ... Read more about Rivers will generate a quarter of GDP by 2050, study shows

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Development banks pledge $175bn for public transport at Rio+20

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Jonathan Watts
Development banks pledge $175bn for public transport at Rio+20
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Money will be invested in building transport systems that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The world's biggest development banks have made a fundamental investment shift from roads to public transport, under a $175bn (£111bn) initiative to promote buses, trains and cycle lanes that was unveiled on Wednesday at the Rio+20 Earth summit. ... Read more about Development banks pledge $175bn for public transport at Rio+20

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Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem

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Ashwin Parulkar
Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem
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These days, Indian policymakers are debating how to create a vast new food entitlement program. There is talk of poor households struggling to cope with high food prices and malnourishment among their children.

What you don’t hear much about, however, is the most tragic and outrageous consequence of India’s failure to feed its people adequately: starvation deaths. ... Read more about Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem

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The future of food

Images from space track relentless spread of humanity

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Produced by Mairi Mackay, CNN and George Webster, for CNN, Built by Matt Barringer, CNN
Images from space track relentless spread of humanity
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The past century has been defined by an epic migration of people from rural areas to the city. In 2008, for the first time in history, more of the Earth's population was living in cities than in the countryside. The U.N. now predicts that nearly 70% of the global population will be city dwellers by 2050.
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Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko
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* Rising population, development put more in harm's way

* Policymakers urged to act in next few decades

* Less emphasis on mitigation, more on cutting risk

By David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko  

March 28 (Reuters) - A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change.  ... Read more about Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?

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david biello
Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?
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The world has never seen anything like China’s dizzying urbanization boom, which has taken a heavy environmental toll. But efforts are now underway to start using principles of green design and smart growth to guide the nation’s future development.

Coal money, generated by one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, has built a new Ordos, a municipality in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. ... Read more about Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?

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