Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees. Yale Environment 360.
Top Population News
As hurricane after hurricane ravages Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast, the Trump administration has quietly walked away from a government-wide effort to help the growing number of American communities whose very existence is threatened by climate change. Mother Jones.
Our Reporting on Population
Male sterility is a growing problem. Here's why you should be worried—and your kids should be terrified. Environmental Health News.
It’s time to rethink our food system and acknowledge our responsibilities to renewal of resources and the rights of existence for all life forms on Earth. Environmental Health News.
How we manage this industry and its growth is extremely important, because even as every country wants to attract large numbers of visitors, no one, we believe, intends to sit by and allow damage to the very infrastructure that pulls visitors in the first place. more…
According to the World Wildlife Fund Canada, 451 of 903 mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species across the country have declined in number by a shocking average of 83 per cent. Governments must act immediately to save them from extinction. more…
Climate and population
About 14 million people are being made homeless on average each year as a result of sudden disasters such as floods and storms, new figures show. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
David Attenborough on the scourge of the oceans: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful.'
David Attenborough explains why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to ecologists. The Guardian.
Supporters’ contributions to our podcast on population and climate change show exactly why we need to talk about this issue. more…
The best ways to address population don’t necessarily involve talking about it at all. more…
Water and population
Even without the Grand Renaissance Dam, the United Nations estimates Egypt will face “absolute water scarcity” by 2025 for reasons largely of its own making. USA Today.
The notion of a country blessed with pristine land, water and air appeals not only to visitors. It goes to the core of what the country means to New Zealanders themselves. Economist.
Solutions and Good News
Children's Health and population
Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming. Reuters.
Many communities in the United States face floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. Experts say the natural disasters are inevitable, but are we concerned, and are we ready? Washington Post.
Should we be worried about our future ability to reproduce ourselves, as some media coverage has claimed? We have already waited too long. As New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently wrote: “Our human future will only be as healthy as our sperm.” British Medical Journal.
The threat of global annihilation may feel as present as it did during the Cold War, but today's high-security shelters could not be more different from their 20th-century counterparts. CNN.
Editor comments: This is a less nuanced version of a similar story that appeared in the New Yorker in January 2017. -JPM
Food and population
Reading David Roberts’ recent explanation of why he never writes on overpopulation, I felt compelled to reply. Resilience.org.
Tens of thousands of children in Mali are prey to life-threatening malnutrition as violence and displacement fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African nation, the United Nations children's agency said on Monday. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Water supplies in north have been challenged by droughts, a surging population, agriculture, and manufacturing growth. Reuters.
A scarcity of affordable housing has pushed thousands of low-income residents to the fringes of Ulan Bator, where they struggle for food and water. New York Times.
Giving farm animals too many antibiotics can stoke resistance to the drugs. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Biodiversity and population
Overall habitat in southwest China decreased in size by 4.9 per cent from 1976 to 2001, researchers found. South China Morning Post, China.
A climate reporter for The Times explains what you should know about recent disasters that have struck in quick succession. New York Times.