Natasha Lock

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The lies told about refugees, city by city

The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in Europe over the past year brought with it many legitimate concerns – but also plenty of illegitimate ones, too.<p>Misinformation and rumors that painted refugees as criminals or worse have spread widely online. In some cases it was silly …

Google Maps

I live in the world's most polluted city

I live in the world's most polluted city. I also have asthma.<p>I moved to New Delhi in October, to take up a new post with CNN. I had heard the warnings from colleagues and friends: The air in Delhi is bad, they said. Really bad. I mostly ignored them.<p>After all, I am a veteran of polluted cities. I …

Pollution

Who, What, Why: What is the Gini coefficient?

<b>Fifty years ago, Corrado Gini, inventor of the Gini coefficient, which measures income inequality, died. How does it work, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.</b><p>When Italian statistician - and former fascist - Corrado Gini died in Rome on 13 March 1965, he could not have known that 50 years on, the UN would …

Income Inequality

Why a country's average height is a good way of measuring its development

Nations that are taller tend to be wealthier and in better health. Find out why else the OECD use it as an indicator of a country’s well-being<p>Humans were taller in almost every part of the world at the end of the 1980s than they were at the start of the 20th century.<p>We have found this out because a …

Sustainable development won't happen without the means to implement it

In July, governments will convene to discuss how the sustainable development agenda will be paid for. They must be held to account for the pledges they make<p>Predictably, the world has spent four years getting excited about ambitious targets and has given itself little more than four months to work …

World Economy

Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP

Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a …

Economics

Hans Rosling on global income disparity (and snowballs) - Newsnight

Japan’s rural schools run out of students

Urban migration, dwindling birthrates and an ageing society are combining to present Japanese education authorities with a big problem<p>In Aone’s historic wooden schoolhouse, decked out in the kind of bright artwork done by kids the world over, there are two classrooms, each containing three desks …

Japan

Older workers could provide £100bn economic boost, says PwC

The accounting giant says that encouraging older workers to stay in employment could boost economic growth<p>Britain could unlock a £100bn economic boost by tapping into an ageing workforce, according to a report.<p>The move could help the Government avoid a cash crunch, as demographic changes mean that …

MDGs produced most successful anti-poverty movement in history: UN report

<b>Jul 6, 2015</b><p><b>New York</b> – The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as a …

World Health Organization
North Africa
South Africa

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Green buildings and better infrastructure would not only spur economic growth but also cut carbon emissions equal to India’s annual output<p>Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management - could save as much as $22tn and …

Smart Cities

Mapping migration

<b>Where are the world's biggest Chinese and Indian immigrant communities?</b><p>MORE Chinese people live outside mainland China than French people live in …

McDonald's China serves gray burgers to customers — on purpose

McDonald’s China unveiled a hamburger with a pebbled gray bun. Dubbed the Modern China Burger, the sandwich will be available in most Chinese …

UN hails impressive gains on education and reducing child mortality in Africa

Millennium development goals report says African leaders must build on progress, seek fresh finance and beef up data to meet the new global goals<p>When African leaders return home after this month’s UN summit in New York, they must be ready to implement innovative policies, seek fresh financing and …

Africa

Can the planet handle China's new two-child policy?

China has ended its one-child rule but, with an ever-increasing need for resources, it’s unclear if the world can sustain the expected population growth<p>China has a knack for world-changing policy shifts, whether it’s devaluing its currency, launching a national carbon cap-and-trade system or, most …

Sustainability

Migrant remittances are a lifeline for families, and a force for development

Relative to GDP, remittances flowing into Tajikistan are among the largest in the world. Photo: Mashid Mohadjerin<p>With an influx of refugees and …

United Nations Development Programme

Japan under pressure to accept more immigrants as workforce shrinks

Ageing population and prediction of 8 million fewer workers by 2030 spurs calls for government to accept migrants and refugees<p>Divisions have opened up in Japan’s government over the country’s refusal to accept even a modest increase in the numbers of refugees and immigrants, as a senior UN official …

North Africa

These 2 maps will change the way you understand population

There are the same amount of people living in the blue shaded areas as the red shaded in the map below. About 5% of the world’s population live in …

West Bengal

China promises rights to citizens born in violation of one-child policy

About 13 million people will be permitted to register for ‘hukou’, documents allowing access to education and healthcare long denied to them<p>China will allow millions of unregistered citizens – many of them children born in violation of the one-child policy – to obtain documents vital to secure …

China

Who will take care of China's elderly people?

<b>China has the fastest-ageing population in human history but the state provides very little support for elderly people. Ageing parents have traditionally been looked after by their children - but in today's China that is not always the case.</b><p>China has a lot of orphanages for children. But the Ji …

World Bank

Refugee influx helps halt decline in Germany's population

Nation’s population is growing again although longer-term trends still point to a decline – and the need for continued high levels of immigration<p>Germany’s population is no longer shrinking. Four consecutive years of increasingly high net migration have outpaced the country’s birth deficit, taking …

Geography

Japan's population dilemma, in a single-occupancy nutshell

<i>This is the first of a five-part series on the population woes caused by Japan’s graying society and low birthrate.</i><p>It’s not your typical futuristic …