Population Challenges To The Year 2050: Radio Interviews

May 30, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

EarthSky has a series of radio interviews on population: “Population Challenges To The Year 2050.” EarthSky won a first place award in the Population Institute’s 30th Annual Global Media Awards, for Excellence in Population Reporting.



Potts said he agrees with the many studies which suggest that empowering women through increased access to education and contraceptives – plus delaying marriage – is key to 21st century peace and stability

12-28-2009 – Vicki Wilde says women are key to agriculture in Africa: http://earthsky.org/agriculture/african-women-have-role-in-saving-african-agriculture

Many parts of Africa struggle with food insecurity. Wilde believes that putting African women in agricultural research positions can help.

12-28-2009 Herman Daly on the case for a steady state economy: http://earthsky.org/human-world/herman-daly-on-the-case-for-a-steady-state-economy

12-21-2009 – Jeffrey Sachs says challenge of sustainability defines our generation: http://earthsky.org/human-world/jeffrey-sachs-%e2%80%98challenge-of-sustainability-defines-our-generation

Sachs underscored the complexity of the global systems driving humans’ great and competing needs, and said the quality of our lives – and our children’s lives – depends on human population numbers

12-08-2009 – Why the media doesn’t talk about population: http://earthsky.org/water/why-the-media-doesnt-talk-about-population

12-07-2009 – Joel Breman thinks world can eliminate malaria by 2050: http://earthsky.org/health/joel-breman-thinks-world-can-eliminate-malaria-by-2050

He talked about a new class of drugs, and about bed nets, treated with insecticide, to offer protection against the malaria-carrying mosquito.

10-26-2009 – Jeffrey Sachs on trying to feed 9 billion people by 2050: http://earthsky.org/agriculture/jeffrey-sachs-on-trying-to-feed-9-billion-people-by-2050

Sachs, who has led global initiatives to counteract hunger, is concerned that in the future, the demands of the human population will outstrip the Earth’s ability to provide food.

2009-10-19 – Tom Tomich: ‘How are we doing on global food production?’ http://earthsky.org/agriculture/tom-tomich-works-to-assess-progress-in-global-agriculture

Tomich said that agriculture isn’t just about how much food we grow. It’s also about people’s health and livelihoods, global economics, and how we use land and resources, among other issues.

2009-10-12 – Philip Pardey on whether agriculture will meet world’s future demand: http://earthsky.org/agriculture/philip-pardey-finds-agriculture-might-not-meet-worlds-future-demand

According to U.N. studies, global population might reach 9 billion by 2050. “The big picture is that we’re trying to match the growth in the supply of food with the growth in demand for that food”

2009-10-05 – Ashok Gadgil’s inexpensive inventions address big problems of world’s poor: http://earthsky.org/human-world/ashok-gadgils-inexpensive-inventions-address-big-problems-of-worlds-poor

Environmental scientist Gadgil is perhaps best known for his inventions, which include a UV water purifier that can provide clean, cheap water for a thousand people a day

2009-09-28 – Hania Zlotnik sees economic challenges for aging population: http://earthsky.org/human-world/hania-zlotnik-economic-challenges-in-aging-population

Listen to Hania Zlotnik, director of the UN population division, talk about the economic challenges for a future with an aging population, and why an aging population is an encouraging sign.

2009-04-05 – Paul Epstein: ‘Climate instability may increase pest-borne disease’ http://earthsky.org/health/climate-change-spreads-infectious-disease

Listen to Harvard’s Paul Epstein talk about why climate change could lead to a cluster of problems like water-borne disease, mosquito borne disease, and even rodent-borne disease.

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