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As Aging Population Increases, Policy Changes Needed
2012-09-26 07:05:34

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A study from the National Academies recently revealed that major policy changes are needed to deal with the aging population in the United States and the long-term impact that they will have on the economy. Researchers noted that the economic consequences of the growing aging population will affect younger generations as well as the various federal programs that provide aid to the elderly. They believe that the increasing...

Population Explosion Strains World Resources
2012-06-15 08:37:51

DM Crumbliss for redOrbit.com The UK´s Royal Society has announced that population and consumption must be addressed at the Rio+20 environmental summit. They say past failures on these issues threaten the natural world and prospects for future generations. "The overall message is that we need a renewed focus on both population and consumption - it's not enough to look at one or the other," Prof Charles Godray from the Martin School at the University of Oxford, who chaired the...

2012-05-16 01:02:58

An increasing number of highly educated women are opting for families, according to a national study co-authored by a University at Buffalo economist. Qingyan Shang, an assistant professor at UB, says the study uncovers what may be the reversal of a trend by highly educated women. She says it is still too early to be certain, but the research clearly shows fertility rising for older, highly educated women since the 1990s. (Fertility is defined as the number of children a woman has had.)...

2011-10-03 15:47:53

Contrary to belief, older people in South Africa and Brazil become happier as they age. New research suggests that, with the right policies in place, a developing country can significantly improve the wellbeing of its older citizens. The average levels of wellbeing experienced by older people in South Africa and Brazil improved between 2002 and 2008, due to a combination of economic growth and enlightened social policies, according to a study from the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, a...

2011-07-22 12:22:00

LONDON, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- British population-control fanatics and radical environmentalists are once again showing their irrationality and true totalitarian colors by using the birth of a fourth child to English football star David Beckham and his wife to climb on their over-population soapboxes. Simon Ross, CEO of the Optimum Population Trust, calls the Beckham family "very bad role models." Ross insists, "There's no point in people trying to reduce their carbon...

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2011-04-20 07:50:00

According to new figures released this week, and based on data produced by the Office for National Statistics, more than 25 percent of British children 16 and under can expect to live to 100 years old. Just 30 years ago, more than a quarter of newborn boys were expected to die by their 65th birthday. Ministers said the rapid rise in longevity will have huge implications for public policy in a wide range of areas such as health and transportation, leaving taxpayers to pick up the tab on the...

2011-03-22 08:15:10

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ We've heard again and again about the obesity epidemic, but according to this analysis of trends over the last 40 years, life expectancy in Europe is on the rise, with people in Britain reaching an older age than those living in the U.S. These findings oppose the belief that the rising life expectancy trend in high income countries may be coming to an end in the face of health problems arising from obesity. Epidemiologist and population health expert Professor...

2011-01-13 12:43:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The data released from the 2010 Census reveal that our nation is on the path of unsustainable population growth. With more than 308 million people - an increase of 27 million over the 2000 Census - our swelling population, fueled by mass immigration, represents the single greatest threat to the environmental health of our nation. A new report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Immigration, Population Growth, and...


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