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El Nino to undo England's World Cup?

El Nino to undo England's World Cup? | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
England's bid for World Cup glory in Brazil this summer could be undone by a much-feared weather phenomenon.
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Tsunami alert after 8.2 quake strikes off Chile

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Earthquake in Chile triggers Tsunami warning - access social, economic and demographic impacts.  How prepared is Chile for tectonic hazards?

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China media: One-child policy

China media: One-child policy | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Media welcome reforms to relax the one-child policy and abolish a controversial labour camp system, but raise concerns over their effectiveness.
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Libya's coast is often the end of a painful road to despair

Libya's coast is often the end of a painful road to despair | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Migrants chasing a better life in Europe endure dangerous treks before they can hope for place on a boat
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Mediterranean 'becoming a cemetery'

Mediterranean 'becoming a cemetery' | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
European waters close to Africa are turning into a cemetery, Malta's prime minister warns, after another boat laden with migrants capsizes.
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Germany's shrinking cities: a view from Salzgitter

Germany's shrinking cities: a view from Salzgitter | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Ageing populations, abandoned shops, empty homes – analysts say Germany must act before it becomes full of ghost towns
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The importance of 'healthy life expectancy'

The importance of 'healthy life expectancy' | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Increasing life expectancy brings with it challenges and opportunities, but are we thinking about the issue in the right way?
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Sex and survival: reducing fertility rates among adolescent girls

Sex and survival: reducing fertility rates among adolescent girls | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
To succeed, family planning programmes must empower girls. Mushtaque Chowdhury gives advice on how to start a 'reproductive revolution'
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Educating females - the most effective route to development? 

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Tom Gilbert's comment, September 29, 2013 4:08 PM
I think educating females is very important for knowledge on contraception and the dangers of having large families and certainly to increase the status of women (which in my opinion is a thing that could be increased in many countries- particularly muslim/ LEDC's). This in turn could encourage women to have less children and later, in place of working. However I'm not sure that educating women is the most important thing for a countries or (most) area's development. Personally, I feel the first stage of development (from starting at almost the bottom) is a constant flow of clean water and irrigation with productive soils, as this leads to the start of primary industries which in turn go to secondary sector employment. Just look at the difference the magic roundabout water pumps in Sahel countries has made and the productive soils even in countries like the UK have sustainable developed as a result of the industry we get from crop and animal farming.
Tom Gilbert's comment, September 29, 2013 4:24 PM
To answer on the theme of education then without going into too much detail then education of all breaks the almost inescapable poverty cycle to lead a path to better paid jobs. Nonetheless I'm not sure a low birth rate as a result of female education is the answer. Although it one characteristic of a stage 4 or 5 country, I feel the path to these stages are as a result of the maximum amount of people working (boosting the economy) for the maximum of amount of years. This is amongst other things.
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China's one-child policy's human cost fuels calls for reform

China's one-child policy's human cost fuels calls for reform | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Thirty years after it was introduced, the 'transitional policy' endures despite warnings of its punitive effects on China's development
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Sir David Attenborough warns against large families and predicts things will only get worse

Sir David Attenborough warns against large families and predicts things will only get worse | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
People should be persuaded against having large families, says the broadcaster and naturalist
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Tom Gilbert's comment, September 29, 2013 4:36 PM
I personally find the fact that humans have stopped natural selection very interesting. I feel that the population is a big deal. although I have said that the more workers the better, upon reading the article I realise that it is the quality of employment which also matters. If we have so many people that they can't get a job and adequate housing then it is not going to make a difference how much money they boost the economy by because they will take a large proportion back through loaning, benefits etc. Although there is much more to this subject, I will put it short- I do agree.
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Older people in work on the rise

Older people in work on the rise | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
The proportion of older people who are economically active in England and Wales has almost doubled in 10 years, an Office for National Statistics report finds.
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What impacts may this have on the UK population? 

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Tom Gilbert's comment, September 29, 2013 4:48 PM
On analysising this data exclusively, it should put Britain into natural decrease because you have an increasingly ageing- population as a result of the removal of the compulsory retirement age, flexible work patterns and much improved healthcare. Then, in contrast, you have a decreasing young population as a result of improved education on large families and most people's inability to support a lot of children financially. However I think this will only be temporary, as the next generation of young people from the massive boom in in-migration form a decade ago are coming of an age to have children but many have kept their traditions of large families (or as a result of their faith). Finally, as a resul of the bulge cycle we can expect people of my generation to begin to start having children.
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Rising death toll from US landslide

Rising death toll from US landslide | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Rescuers searching the area of Saturday's massive mudslide in the US state of Washington find eight bodies, with a number of people still missing.
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Bristol Channel earthquake recorded

Bristol Channel earthquake recorded | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
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Why do we get earthquakes in the UK despite our great distance from plate margins? 

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Mediterranean 'becoming a cemetery'

Mediterranean 'becoming a cemetery' | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
The Mediterranean is becoming a cemetery, Malta's leader says, after another boat laden with migrants capsizes, killing at least 50 people.
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Tom Gilbert's comment, October 13, 2013 10:19 AM
From reading the 3 related articles on the dangers of migration, I have decided (must like most) that it is a very difficult situation. The issue arises because if European countries are seen outright to help these people in and provide them help not only will it technically be illegal but it will also 'open the floodgates' for anyone else who want to migrate to Europe; therefore making the slighltly separate issue of mass migration between EU countries worse. However I do feel that something clearly needs to be done because the problem will not go away. The problem is that for every good idea there is a counter argument which makes the idea all but impossible to enforce.
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Does migration harm developing countries? - five-minute debate video

Paul Collier, author of Exodus, and blogger Alex Andreou discuss how large-scale migration affects developing countries
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Tom Gilbert's comment, October 13, 2013 8:35 AM
I would disagree about a debate being emotional. The point of a debate is not to win the hearts of people by saying 'think how they feel, the difficulties they go through' but to win the minds and intellectual support of people instead. I would go so far to say that this isn't an opinion but more an underlying rule of debating. For this reason I would have to support the person arguing that migration is good, up to a point where it then harms an area, even though I am not sure they even got close to knuckling down on actual factors, examples or exceptions.
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Migrants drown in Egypt capsize

Migrants drown in Egypt capsize | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
At least 12 migrants drown and some 116 are rescued after their boat capsizes off Egypt's coast near Alexandria, security officials say.
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There is no population explosion on this planet

There is no population explosion on this planet | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Robert Newman: Our population problem isn't too many humans on the planet, but too few owning too much of it
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Tom Gilbert's comment, October 16, 2013 3:33 AM
I think the writer has misunderstood when people say 'population explosion'. It is true that if u got everyone in the World side by side, they could all fit into the state of Texas. Equally if you housed everyone, we could all fit into a few states of the USA. However that is not the point, people such as David Attenborough are arguing (correctly), that in the places with high population size and density- mainly cities or megacities such as Lagos, Nigeria; the city can't supply the huge demand it has for space, food, water supply, rubbish collection, healthcare etc, due to the massive increase in population over the past two decades. Furthermore I agree that some people own a little too much and therefore control the World's economy and affairs negatively or 'over-biasly', however this is just the foundations of Capitalism, which in the long-run is far more successful than the overtones of Communism (or stronger Socialism), which I feel the article is suggesting. When wealth is shared equally, it discourages people from working harder to make a living because they get an equal amount regardless of how hard they work. This is just one example of many, which is not me having a prejudice against Communism but as records show, a Capitalist state is much more stable (and more complicated) than a Communist state.
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Now we are 63.7m: UK had biggest population growth in Europe over past year

Now we are 63.7m: UK had biggest population growth in Europe over past year | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
The UK's population has grown by more than 400,000 to 63.7 million, new official figures show.
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Britain's booming population is a blessing, not a curse

Britain's booming population is a blessing, not a curse | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Polly Toynbee: The birth rate, at its highest for 40 years, is a great opportunity for our economy and wellbeing – if we make the right choices
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Tom Gilbert's comment, September 30, 2013 1:42 PM
I can see much of the writers point of view and much of points he put forward are both true and effective up to the point where he completely loses readers by being over- opinionated and frankly bias. Personally the second I read 'I have five, a good friend of mine is about to have her tenth, all under 5.' I stopped reading, as it felt all too like a him trying to justify the number of children to others.
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Ending the national census would make us blind to our society

Ending the national census would make us blind to our society | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
Danny Dorling: Without a statistical survey of 100% of the population, a huge number of important studies will not be reliably updated
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Population growth in Birmingham, Salt Lake City may help explain job growth

Population growth in Birmingham, Salt Lake City may help explain job growth | AS Population & Tectonics (WJEC) links | Scoop.it
As of 2010 the two metros were about even. But 20 years prior, Salt Lake City's population had been much smaller.
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