Posts Tagged ‘Population’

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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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Why you shouldn’t take alarmist population predictions seriously

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

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…

Food keeping pace with population

March 13th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

Many people have a vague idea that too many people could have something to do with the existence of hunger in the world.  This is often used as an argument for population control.  If there really wasn’t going to be enough food for your children to eat, certainly that would be a valid reason for families to decide to limit their size (notice I said families to decide and not governments or anyone else to impose a decision).  However, in fact, the problem is largely despotic individuals and inequalities in food distribution.  Read more…

An ageing India

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Pascoal Carvalho

Today I want to share with you a very interesting piece written by Dr Pascoal Carvalho for the FIAMC (the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) about the plight of the elderly, particularly in India. I will leave Dr Carvalho to speak for himself, and will confine myself to highlighting in bold the parts of the article which particularly resonated with or interested me. Enjoy! Read more…

Population ageing affects Hong Kong

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

The debate in Hong Kong on its population policy is continuing. We’ve mentioned it before on this blog, and the debate isn’t dying down at all.   The South China Morning Post continues to debate the options and likely outcomes for a city which has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.  As the article states, Hong Kong’s population growth is drying up and the population is growing older: Read more…