Latest Population growth and decline News

Study triples population at risk of climate-triggered floods

Oct. 29, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people threatened by climate change-triggered flooding is about three times higher than previously thought, a new study says. But it's not because of more water. It's because the land, especially in Asia and the developing world, is several feet lower than what space-based...

Census report: US population will get older, more diverse

Oct. 24, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

The U.S. population will grow older and more diverse over the next four decades, according to new Census Bureau projections presented Thursday at a meeting of demographers. As the U.S. median age increases, there will be a smaller ratio of workers in the labor force able to pay the payroll tax that funds Social...

UN investigator: 11 million North Koreans are undernourished

Oct. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Food insecurity in North Korea "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the country said Tuesday. Tomas Ojea Quintana told the General Assembly's human rights...

Egypt's options dwindle as Nile talks break down

Oct. 22, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The latest breakdown in talks with Ethiopia over its construction of a massive upstream Nile dam has left Egypt with dwindling options as it seeks to protect the main source of freshwater for its large and growing population. Talks collapsed earlier this month over the construction of the $5...

Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four...

Japan ups sales tax to 10% amid signs economy is weakening

Oct. 1, 2019 4:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014, brought on...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...

After rural hospital's closure, county seeks other options

Sep. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — About two years ago, a rural, mountainous Virginia county lost its only hospital, and local officials have now all but given up trying to bring it back. Community leaders in Patrick County said in recent interviews that reopening the hospital has proven financially unworkable, in large...

Court halts timber activity in Southwest over threatened owl

Sep. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. judge has halted tree-cutting activities across thousands of square miles of the Southwest until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of a threatened owl. The order issued by the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona, covers 18,750 square...