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Almost a billion go hungry worldwide | The Independent

by  Sarah Morrison An unparalleled number of severe food shortages has added 43 million to the number of people going hungry worldwide this year. And millions of children are now at risk of acute malnutrition, charities are warning. One week ahead of David Cameron’s “hunger summit”, they say that unless action is taken urgently, many more could fall victim. For ...

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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise | Lester R. Brown, guardian.co.uk

The world is in serious trouble on the food front. But there is little evidence that political leaders have yet grasped the magnitude of what is happening. The progress in reducing hunger in recent decades has been reversed. Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that. Time ...

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World needs to stabilise population and cut consumption, says Royal Society | The Guardian

World population needs to be stabilised quickly and high consumption in rich countries rapidly reduced to avoid “a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills”, warns a major report from the Royal Society. Contraception must be offered to all women who want it and consumption cut to reduce inequality, says the study published on Thursday, which was chaired by Nobel ...

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The future of food | The Observer

How can we feed the 2.5 billion more people – an extra China and India – likely to be alive in 2050? The UN says we will have to nearly double our food production and governments say we should adopt new technologies and avoid waste, but however you cut it, there are already one billion chronically hungry people, there’s little ...

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Is the environmental crisis caused by the 7 billion or the 1%? | Grist

A recent report prepared by the British consulting firm Trucost for the United Nations found that just 3,000 corporations cause $2.15 trillion in environmental damage every year. Outrageous as that figure is — only six countries have a GDP greater than $2.15 trillion — it substantially understates the damage, because it excludes costs that would result from “potential high impact ...

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UN: World will miss economic benefit of 1.8 billion young people | guardian.co.uk

The world is in danger of missing a golden opportunity for development and economic growth, a “demographic dividend”, as the largest cohort of young people ever known see their most economically productive years wasted, a major UN population report warned on Wednesday. The potential economic benefits of having such a large global population of young people will go unfulfilled, as ...

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Finding Opportunity in a World of Seven Billion | IPS ipsnews.net

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15, 2011 IPS – Next month, the world’s population will reach seven billion people, a landmark that the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA is hailing in its drive to raise awareness about the need for global cooperation to solve issues of development. On Wednesday, U.N. and civil society leaders gathered in a panel to discuss some of ...

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