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Britain's booming population is a blessing, not a curse

The birth rate, at its highest for 40 years, is a great opportunity for our economy and wellbeing – if we make the right choices<p>People are a good thing, the most precious resource in a rich economy, so the progressive-minded feel. Only misanthropists disagree or the dottier Malthusians who send …

Peak-population investing

2013-09-13T13:54:19.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>There’s an interesting debate going on between Steve Randy Waldman, Karl Smith, Scott Sumner, Evan …

EU to open membership talks with Serbia

European Union leaders have agreed to open EU membership talks with Serbia by January as the bloc continued to enlarge to the east.<p>The EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, announced at the close of a two-day summit on Friday that the bloc's 27 leaders had decided to open accession negotiations with …

Suspected Nazi war criminal László Csatáry dies in Hungary awaiting trial

98-year-old was charged with assisting in the deportation of thousands of Jews to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps<p>A 98-year-old suspected war criminal has died in Hungary awaiting trial for torturing Jews and helping to send them to Auschwitz.<p>László Csatáry, a former police officer indicted in …

Emigration: a blessing or a curse for Poland?

One striking effect of EU enlargement in 2004 was the number of Polish people moving abroad in search of better pay. Hundreds of thousands flocked to the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Scandinavia. Since then, Poland has maintained steady economic growth, while Western Europe has not. …

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Russia failing to test vulnerable groups for HIV - Russia Beyond

Drawing by Natalia Mikhailenko <b></b>. Click to enlarge the image.<p>The HIV epidemic is one of the most pressing public health problems in Russia today. According to the latest UNAIDS global report, Eastern Europe and Central Asia are the only regions in the world where HIV is spreading at a growing …

Population 7 Billion

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that in one week, on October 31, 2011, the world's population will reach 7 billion. Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global …

Italy's Population Problem

Italy's population is growing slowly compared to many other countries. Italians age 65 and older currently out number those under age 15. Many women in the country are rethinking their roles as wife or mother, which might have lasting effects on the development of the country. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli

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Europe of the future: Germany shrinks, France grows, but UK population booms

· Britain to be biggest country in EU by 2060 · Population falls predicted in many other countries<p>Britain will overtake Germany and France to become the biggest country in the EU in 50 years' time, according to population projections unveiled yesterday. A survey of demographic trends finds …

French population to top 70 million in 2050

France's population will be 72 million people by 2050, up from 63.9 million today, according to the official population monitor, Ined. By mid-century …

Pension funds and the ageing population - live chat

Join our live online chat to discuss the impact an ageing population will have on pension funds, Monday 14 October from 10am to 12pm (BST)<p>The population is getting older. Ten million people in the UK are currently over 65 and it's estimated that this number will swell to around 19 million by 2050. …

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Jail population spike threatens whole system, governors warn

Chiefs remind justice secretary Chris Grayling that rise in inmates follows decision to close four prisons<p>A sudden rise in the jail population in England and Wales is threatening the stability of the system, prison governors have warned.<p>They say the spike in the number of inmates, to 84,832, has …

Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling – video

Let me show you the world, says Swedish academic Han Rosling as he demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge for the world is to get everyone out of extreme poverty and get the richest people to use less fossil fuels so that everyone …

Over half the world's population could rely on food imports by 2050 – study

Potsdam Institute projection suggests population growth would increase imported food, even without climate change<p>Tomatoes from Spain, olive oil from Italy, plums from Chile, salmon from Alaska and green beans from Kenya – how often might some of these ingredients end up in your basket? In the UK …

Thank the GOP for the shutdown and holding the economy hostage

Cutbacks in government spending directly reduce employment and curtail growth. Unfortunately, Republicans don't get that<p>Here we go again: the GOP is ready to stall the US economy and shut down the government in a crusade to cut government spending. Proponents of austerity both in the United States …

Oil bloom strengthens US economy

While much of the world has been experiencing a slowdown in growth, the US economy is gradually picking up.<p>Helping to drive that growth is a boom in energy exploration and production.<p>Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports from Texas.

Can a carbon tax work without hurting the economy? Ask British Columbia

Five years in, BC's carbon tax has successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions in a stable economy<p>Carbon emissions have an unavoidable cost. When we burn fossil fuels and release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it increases the greenhouse effect. The resulting climate change has costs, for …

In Mexico, Biden glad to focus on economy rather than security

MEXICO CITY — Vice President Joe Biden, in the Mexican capital Friday for meetings with top government officials and business leaders, said he was glad to be focusing on trade rather than on security issues and argued that an economically prosperous Mexico would strengthen the economy of the United …

Brazil Economy Not What It Once Was

Brazil‘s economy is not the growth machine it was just three short years ago. In fact, the country that survived the biggest worldwide credit crisis in modern times is growing less than the U.S, the economy that basically started the crisis in the first place.<p>Gone are the days of fast and easy …