January/February 2010
Too many of us? - The population panic

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With world population at around 6.8 billion and predicted to hit 9 billion by 2050, we are in the grip of a new panic about numbers. But is it reasonable? Population has always been an emotive issue. Understandably. It touches some basic nerves. It's about sex, birth and death. It's about food, money, resources, culture and religion. And, according to some, it's about the very survival of our planet. This monthfs New Internationalist sifts the evidence.

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NI

No.429

Contents

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2 Letters

3 Letter from Cairo
The dawn of a new decade has Maria Golia pondering the past.

4 Too many people?
Vanessa Baird wonders why the demographers aren't panicking.

8 Blame the coffee
Why tiny Timor Leste is undergoing a baby boom.

9 Ageing - 7 myths
Populations are ageing. How bad is that?

10 A brief history of population
Includes a murky past.

12 Sex action
How 'abstinence' is pushing up the abortion rate.

14 When sperm didn't meet ovum
China and Iran: two ways to do family planning.

15 Frontline Bangladesh
The climate refugees of tomorrow.

17 Population and climate change
Jonathon Porritt and the Corner House offer two very different perspectives on one of the big debates of the day.

19 The missing pieces
Is hell really other people? Vanessa Baird concludes with some sobering facts and reflections on equality.

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22 Copenhagen: Blood on the summit floor
Jess Worth witnessed the Denmark debacle first hand. This is her report.

24 Brothers in peace
Israeli Rami Elhanan and Palestinian Bassam Aramin forged an unlikely friendship through a terrible tragedy. They share their story.

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21 Making Waves
Maryam Bibi works tirelessly to empower girls and women in Pakistan.

26 Currents
Harsh treatment of Kashmiri youths fuels conflict; a student campaign success; and one man's mission to clear landmines in Cambodia.

27 Only Planet
Gort and Klaatu puzzle over the seamier side of life in Marc Roberts' cartoon.

29 Mixed Media
The best of 2009; personal empowerment Hollywood-style; plus how not to run an economy, and how not to write a 'novel', in this month's book reviews.

32 NI Jumbo Prize Crossword

33 Worldbeaters
Geert Wilders, the lying Dutchman.

34 Essay: Afrikaners hit bottom
Photo-journalist Dean Saffron documents life in a South African squatter camp.

36 Country profile: Sierra Leone

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NI Japan

No.117

Contents

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From this month's theme

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- Too many people? (NI p4-5)

- The population panic (NI p5-7)
- Ageing - 7 myths (NI p7)

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- Population and climate change (NI p17-18)
- The missing pieces (NI p19-20)

From Special Features and other articles
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- Copenhagen: Blood on the summit floor (NI p22-23)
- Victory looms (NI p27)
- To buy or not to buy (NI p27)
- Mine hero (NI p28)

This month's Japanese organizations at a glance
Nihon University Population Research Institute
Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning
United Nations Population Fund Tokyo Office
Japanese Society of Clinical Embryologist



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