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New Slice of Wheat Genome Could Help Feed Growing Global Population

wheat genome sequence

Common wheat (Triticum aestivum) might seem as boring as the sliced bread it is baked into. But genetically, it is vexingly complex. Its genome is about six times as big as our own, and its genes are distributed among six sets of chromosomes (we humans have just two). In fact, the T. aestivum genome contains [...]

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Can the “Urban Advantage” Bring Better Global Health as City Populations Skyrocket?

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City dwellers are thought to be, on average, healthier than their rural counterparts. This so-called urban health advantage is usually attributed to better access to health care and improved overall infrastructure, such as clean water, safety and education. But many of the globe’s cities are already bursting and actually offer a far worse quality of [...]

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Earth Day 2012: The Best and Worst Pronouncements

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April 22 marks the 42nd annual Earth Day observance. In recent years, the week running up to Earth Day has become increasingly filled with a riotous mix of news that ranges from inspired initiatives to thinly veiled partisanship and shameless exploitation. As a journalist who covers energy, environment and sustainability issues, I get many of [...]

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Feed the World, Save the Planet

The world’s population will cross the 7 billion mark this month and is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. So many more people, plus rising living standards, mean that global agriculture will have to double food production by mid-century. Yet farming and ranching already exact a daunting toll on the environment: burn [...]

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7 Billion and Still Growing: Explosive Population Growth Might Have Helped Us Displace Neandertals

crowd of people on crowded planet of 7 billion

The human population will top seven billion this year—more than double what it was just 50 years ago, experts say. And these next 39 years are expected to bring about some big shifts among the biggest countries. By 2050, India will have surpassed China as the world’s largest population, growing from 1.24 billion to 1.69 [...]

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Laureate urges next generation to address population control as central issue

Christian de Duve in Lindau

LINDAU, Germany—A 93-year-old Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine received a standing ovation from hundreds of scientists on June 30 at the end of a speech in which he urged the world’s young people to take measures to control runaway population growth in order to resolve related ills that have resulted from humans’ remarkable evolutionary [...]

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Will 10 Billion People Use Up the Planet’s Resources?

Sunrise Dam Gold Mine -- NASA satellite view

The human enterprise now consumes nearly 60 billion metric tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and plant materials, such as crop plants and trees for timber or paper. Meanwhile, the seven billionth person on the planet is expected to be born this year—and the human population may reach 10 billion by this century’s end, according [...]

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