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France 24 -- Baby boom for some nations, bust for others: study
'Soaring birth rates in developing nations are fuelling a global baby boom while women in dozens of richer countries aren't producing enough children to maintain population levels there, according to figures released Friday. -- A global overview of birth, death and disease rates evaluating thousands of datasets on a country-by-country basis also found that heart disease was now the single leading cause of death worldwide. -- The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), set up at the University of Washington by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, used more than 8,000 data sources – more than 600 of them new – to compile one of the most detailed looks at global public health. -- Their sources included in-country investigations, social media and open-source material. -- It found that while the world's population skyrocketed from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.6 billion last year, that growth was deeply uneven according to region and income. -- Ninety-one nations, mainly in Europe and North and South America, weren't producing enough children to sustain their current populations, according to the IHME study. -- But in Africa and Asia fertility rates continued to grow, with the average woman in Niger giving birth to seven children during her lifetime. -- Ali Mokdad, professor of Health Metrics Sciences at IHME, told AFP that the single most important factor in determining population growth was education. -- "It is down to socioeconomic factors but it's a function of a woman's education," he said. "The more a woman is educated, she is spending more years in school, she is delaying her pregnancies and so will have fewer babies."'
3 days ago by adamcrowe
Will UK house prices ever rise again? | Financial Times
Will UK house prices ever rise again? Merryn Somerset-Webb
The recent gains (1950-2000) could turn out to be a huge historical anomaly - quotes a Deutsche Bank report examining house prices in the longer term taking factors such as population trends into account (not publicly available sadly) ..
housing  inflation  population 
6 days ago by spencertree
A project to analyze demographic data to tell a story about California Housing supply relative to population. Data obtained from here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/Forecasting/Demographics/Estimates/

View the combined data in the combined-data.csv file. There are also some files called ranked-* that help quickly compare certain metrics of cities and counties across the state. The ranked-most-recent-year.csv includes stats comparing population and housing growth for just the past year while ranked-1990...
github  california  population  housing  data 
8 days ago by azadag
Human Terrain
Visualizing the World’s Population, in 3D
visualization  graphics  population  map  dataviz  naturesca  link 
9 days ago by theafter
See also original publication by C. Posth et al., "Reconstructing the Deep of Central and Sout…
History  Population  from twitter_favs
10 days ago by moresby
Famines are becoming more frequent in the Sahel - Hunger in Africa
Climate change, advancing deserts and low-tech farming all play a part
africa  food  population  climate  change 
14 days ago by soobrosa
BBC - Future - Should we really all fly less?
"Social scientists have found that when one person makes a sustainability-oriented decision, other people do too.

Here are four examples:

Patrons at a US cafe who were told that 30% of Americans had started eating less meat were twice as likely to order a meatless lunch.
An online survey showed that of the respondents who know someone who had given up flying because of climate change, half of them said they flew less as a result.
In California, households were more likely to install solar panels in neighbourhoods that already have them.
Community organisers trying to get people to install solar panels were 62% more successful in their efforts if they had panels in their house too."

An article in mainstream press that mentions having less children as an option. Notable indeed. They list it as #8 for some reason but still a big change from a few years ago
advice  people  future  sustainability  less  population  crisis  climate 
14 days ago by ssam

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