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Human Development Index 2011: Warnings For The Future

Human Development Index 2011: Warnings For The Future
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Index on Wednesday, painting a grim picture of the prospects for millions of people in some of the world's poorest nations. ... Read more about Human Development Index 2011: Warnings For The Future

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Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn

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Fiona Harvey
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Group of leading scientists urge investment in sustainable agriculture to solve hunger crisis and reduce global warming

Billions more investment is needed in agriculture and food distribution systems around the world in the next few years, if widespread hunger is to be avoided, according to a group of leading scientists. ... Read more about Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn

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UN: failure to reduce environmental risks will set back human development

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Damian Carrington
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Droughts and rising sea levels could reverse efforts to improve living conditions of world's poorest people, report warns

Unchecked environmental destruction will halt – or even reverse – the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world's poorest people in recent decades, a major new UN report warned on Wednesday.

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Q&A with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

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BRYAN WALSH
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It's the hard-working demographers of the U.N. who have counted the global population and have selected Oct. 31 as the date of the 7 billionth person. That makes sense because population is a major part of international development — and that's the business of the U.N. Bryan Walsh of TIME spoke with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his office in New York City about global population, the challenges of development and the lingering threat of climate change.

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Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Deborah Zabarenko
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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said on Thursday.

Resettlement related to large infrastructure development projects has been occurring for decades, with some estimates of up to 10 million people a year, said the report's lead author, Alex de Sherbinin. ... Read more about Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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World population to hit 10 bln, but 15 bln possible: UN

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LONDON — The world's population of seven billion is set to rise to at least 10 billion by 2100, but could top 15 billion if birth rates are just slightly higher than expected, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

In a report ahead of ceremonies on October 31 to mark the seven billionth human alive today, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) warned demographic pressure posed mighty challenges for easing poverty and conserving the environment. ... Read more about World population to hit 10 bln, but 15 bln possible: UN

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A global push to 7 billion people

 India, which is on track to become the world’s most populous country by 2025, h
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The world is becoming a hungrier place - consuming more food, fuel and material resources - as its population bulges. But the increase in consumption is not even and not driven by the same factors. China and India are consuming more because their populations have vastly increased in the past 40 years. The United States, Japan and many countries in Europe are having much less population growth, but the people are using more resources. Meanwhile, many in South American and African countries have had relatively small population growth and much less increase in consumption. ... Read more about A global push to 7 billion people

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Global teacher shortage threatens progress on education

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The UN estimates 8 million extra teachers are needed worldwide by 2015. But how do countries compare? Get the full data here

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Green growth

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Schumpeter
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THE enrichment of previously poor countries is the most inspiring development of our time. It is also worrying. The environment is already under strain. What will happen when the global population rises from 7 billion today to 9.3 billion in 2050, as demographers expect, and a growing proportion of these people can afford goods that were once reserved for the elite? Can the planet support so much economic activity? ... Read more about Green growth

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Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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alertnet // Laurie Goering
Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert
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LONDON (AlertNet) – Efforts to feed an extra 2 billion people by mid-century could lead to widespread destruction of forests, wetlands and other natural systems that protect and regulate the world’s water, researchers warn.

But finding ways to boost agricultural production while protecting nature could produce big benefits, including reduced poverty and hunger in some of the world’s most fragile countries and hikes in food production that are sustainable beyond 2050. ... Read more about Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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