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A fascinating map of an ageing world

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

View it here.

The map above, produced by the Bank of America, shows in bright pink the sections of the world where more than 20% of the population are over 65. In 2010 only Italy, Germany and Japan are shaded bright pink. But, as you can see, the pink sections of the map grow dramatically by 2100 to include much of the world. Read more…

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Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts”

June 12th, 2014 Comments off

by Anne Morse, Media Coordinator for the Population Research Institute.

This article was first published at pop.org on June 11, 2014.

Long, long ago, when Anne’s parents were in college (sorry, mom and dad), demographers made an observation: they saw that for most of human history, even though couples were having far more than two children, mortality was also very high. The result was that populations either stayed the same or grew very slowly. Read more…

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Iran’s 14 point plan for population growth

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

It is a new reality around the world that fertility is a government issue and children must now be encouraged in case we end up with none at all in generations to come (or not come).

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has recently released a 14 point policy to speed up the country’s population growth and reverse its declining birth rate. He called for the different institutions of the country to implement the plans with “precision, speed and strength.” In recent years the country has experienced one of the most steeply falling birth rates in the world. Read more…

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Japanese panel proposes urgent measures

May 19th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

Japan is finally starting to sit up and take notice of its fertility dilemma. Adding to our discussion of Japan recently on the blog, a Japanese government panel investigating solutions to the problem released its proposals on Tuesday this week. Read more…

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US Congress Condemns Two-Child Policy in Burma

May 19th, 2014 Comments off

WASHINGTON DC: Population Research Institute commends the U.S. Congress for condemning the two-child policy inflicted upon the Rohingya in Burma.

The Rohingya are a persecuted minority in northern Burma who are denied citizenship, are terrorized by pervasive mob violence, and who are, alone among the peoples of Burma, subjected to a two-child policy. Read more…

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Japan’s (Very Few) Children Day

May 9th, 2014 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

We discussed Japan’s continuing population decline last month on this blog and the attempts being made by the Abe government to try and reverse the trend. Today we’re going to revisit the Land of the Rising Sun since its internal affairs and communications ministry celebrated Children’s Day by announcing that the number of children under the age of 15 years old is estimated to be 16.33 million. This is 160,000 fewer children than last year and means that for the 33rd year in a row the number of Japanese Children has declined. Read more…

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Are we ready for the “grey tsunami”?

April 22nd, 2014 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

As we’ve often mentioned on this blog, much of the world is facing an ageing population (a “grey/gray tsunami” as some commentators have named it).  Many countries face the near future involving a greater percentage of their population in the age bracket 65+ years old. This greater elderly cohort has all sorts of implications for our societies and economies. This tsunami is rushing nearing and more and more are starting to ask: what will happen when it hits? Read more…

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Earth Day eco-villains: our top 10

April 22nd, 2014 Comments off
We out some offenders that have been flying under the radar.

Carolyn Moynihan

It’s Earth Day again, an occasion on which to reflect on our sins against the environment and make resolutions to clean up our act. We are familiar with the usual suspects: overpopulation, oil companies, overpopulation, chocolate, cattle farmers, the coal industry… and did I mention overpopulation?

Well, forget all that. Here’s our top 10 eco-villains, most of them getting away with ecological murder to date. Read more…

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Why you shouldn’t take alarmist population predictions seriously

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

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Elderly population spurs small business

March 22nd, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

At a time when health systems the world over are grappling with a higher proportion of older people in the face of demographic change and increasing costs, baby boomers are stepping in to fill some of the gaps.  Most health systems strive for holistic person centred care, which also focuses on the prevention of illness.  That means thinking about factors such as loneliness and the connection the elderly feel with their immediate communities.  Some baby boomers are seeking to provide this connection by taking up niche small business opportunities – something many of them say is a ‘calling’ as much as a job. Read more…

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