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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

Population rise strains services - April 8

A surging population in regional centres around Canberra is set to place additional pressure on already strained infrastructure such as roads and town water supplies.

September 16 2011

More people in an ailing infrastructure won't make a big country - April 9

THE key to quality of life for Australian families and communities during the coming four decades is not a population of 36 million, as Kevin Rudd advocates, but carefully managed sustainable growth. A random declaration of bigness is no substitute for a planned vision of a sustainable Australia.

September 16 2011

Regional labour shortages to dictate the pattern of population growth, says Burke - April 9

KEVIN Rudd's new Population Minister has ruled out setting a national population target but says he may establish "regional" population projections. Tony Burke said the government would focus on directing people to areas where there were chronic labour shortages.

September 16 2011

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