Population

People could be threat to ecology

The Rudd government will consider adding ''human population growth'' to a key list of ecological threats that underpins Australia's environmental laws. Environment Minister Peter Garrett has confirmed that population growth will be weighed up to determine whether it represents a ''threatening process'' responsible for widespread biodiversity loss, water pollution, coastal erosion and rising greenhouse gas emissions.

September 16 2011

Food for thought while millions die of hunger

The world is rapidly moving towards disaster, whether you call it doomsday or apocalypse. But this is not the global financial crisis or the risk of financial problems in Greece and other European countries that may drag the rest of the world down with them. No, this is the global food situation. We face a global food shortage, the like of which the world has never seen.

September 16 2011

Radio Interview of William Bourke - Stable Population Party of Australia

Radio Interview of William Bourke - Stable Population Party of Australia by SBS. This interview is 4 minutes long and is a 3.7MB MP3 audio file. It was recorded in May 2010.

September 16 2011

Another Inconvenient Truth: The World's Growing Population Poses a Malthusian Dilemma

By 2050, the world will host nine billion people—and that's if population growth slows in much of the developing world. Today, at least one billion people are chronically malnourished or starving. Simply to maintain that sad state of affairs would require the clearing (read: deforestation) of 900 million additional hectares of land, according to Pedro Sanchez, director of the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program at The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

September 16 2011

As rest of Japan shrinks, Tokyo population tops 13 million for the first time

The population of Japan's capital — one of the biggest cities in the world — has surpassed 13 million for the first time. Tokyo counted 13.01 million residents as of April 1, up 0.5 percent from the same month a year earlier, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday. The growth contrasts with the overall demographic trend in Japan, where people have long lifespans and stubbornly low birth rates. The result is a shrinking population and tax base that threaten to undermine the world's second-biggest economy.

September 16 2011

Tony Abbott sets population target of 29 million people - April 30

TONY Abbott has fired a new shot in the population debate, declaring the nation should aim for a long-term target of 29 million people. That's seven million fewer than the 36 million Treasury prediction for 2050. Last year Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he supported a "big Australia", and in January Mr Abbott also talked up a larger population.

September 16 2011

Tony Burke rules out setting population targets for Australia - April 2010

THE nation's first Population Minister, Tony Burke, has ruled out setting population targets in the strategy that he will draw up over the next 12 months.

September 16 2011

Bring on the population debate

The Coalition is returning to an old playbook, tapping into concerns about an increasing number of asylum seekers arriving by boat and linking that to the overall issue of immigration. That in turn links into people's fears about rocketing house prices, water shortages and a fluctuating job market in recent troubled times and bingo - a scare campaign is born.

September 16 2011

It's time for open discussion on how big is too big - April 11

AUSTRALIA has a history marked by uncertainty when it comes to population size. Even the Treasury's Intergenerational Report that caused so much recent controversy by forecasting Australia's population will rise to 36 million by 2050 is coy on the topic. Nowhere in its 164 pages does it set out the breakdown for the increase by births and migration. You get the distinct impression the omission was deliberate. But are we, as a nation, still not up for an open discussion about the role of migration and population?

September 16 2011

The Liberals’ problem: population’s popular - April 8

The coalition’s internal policy process is continuing to malfunction and is continuing to damage the Liberals’ relationship with its key business constituency.

September 16 2011

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