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IB Geo - Population Growth and Decline

LInks to population case studies
Germany's birthrate is the lowest in Europe - and falling fast
In all the data about Germany, it's the one statistic that bucks the trend. Its economy is strong, its cities are regularly cited as among the best in the world to live in - but Germany is a shrinking country. It has the lowest birthrate, just 1.36 children per woman, in Europe, and one of the lowest in the world.
Portugal suffers from a plummeting birthrate on top of economic woes
For an enterprise in the business of welcoming life, the birthing ward in Portugal's largest maternity hospital is eerily quiet. On a recent morning, not a single expectant father nervously paced the floors. Unhurried nurses shuffled by rooms with empty beds, busying themselves with paperwork and a mere three women in labour.
South Koreans 'to become extinct by 2750' due to dangerously low birth rate

According to a projection carried out as part of a parliamentary study, the last survivor in the capital Seoul will be born in 2505, while the last South Korean anywhere will enter the world in 2621, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

France’s baby boom secret: get women into work and ditch rigid family norms

Gender equality, pro-child policies and generous childcare provision are all bolstering French fertility rates rather than hindering them

Portugal suffers from a plummeting birthrate on top of economic woes

Already hit by Europe's downturn, the country has seen closures of maternity wards, children's stores and schools

Europe’s worsening migrant crisis – the Guardian briefing

Dozens of would-be migrants are reported to have drowned between Libya and Sicily, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean this spring. The increasing numbers making the perilous journey on overloaded boats has brought the issue of migration into Europe to a head. But what can be done about it?

France’s baby boom secret: get women into work and ditch rigid family norms

Gender equality, pro-child policies and generous childcare provision are all bolstering French fertility rates rather than hindering them

Chinese couples urged to have more children

Just 5% of women of child-bearing age in Shanghai have taken advantage of change to one-child policy, figures show

Easing of China’s one-child policy has not produced a baby-boom

Demographers predict Beijing will face common problems of an ageing population in coming decades as few urban couples choose to have a second child

How the global population is ageing as well as growing

The global population is not only growing, it is ageing too. Here we look at some of the factors driving the trend in six countries on five continents

Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets

New figures show the lowest total number of births since the formation of the modern Italian state

The Happy Planet Index

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

Portugal suffers from a plummeting birthrate on top of economic woes

Already hit by Europe's downturn, the country has seen closures of maternity wards, children's stores and schools

Death in the Mediterranean, The Battle Above

Desperation fuels the largest mass migration since WWII in which thousands have died trying to reach Europe by sea; then, David Martin gives a rare look at how a branch of the U.S. Air Force called Space Command is preparing for a battle most of us have never thought about -- one high above the Earth.

The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion

In 1968, a book by a Stanford biologist predicted doom for the planet in coming decades. Whatever became of the population bomb?

The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe

Mapping the migration of millions of people displaced around the world because of violence. Last year alone, about 14 million fled, according to the United Nations.

Video: The Secret to a Long Life

Here’s the secret to a long life, from those who’ve lived them.

Sonita Alizadeh: the Afghan protesting through rap

Sonita Alizadeh was just 10-years-old the first time her parents tried to sell her as a child bride. She turned to music and began recording raps protesting ...

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all? Donate to the United Nations Refugee Agency: http://don...

One in every 122 people is displaced by war, violence and persecution, says UN

UNHCR annual global trends survey finds a record 59.5m people were refugees, internally displaced or seeking asylum by the end of 2014

World leaders accused of shameful failure over refugee crisis

Scathing Amnesty report says leaders guilty of neglect as millions face misery in ‘worst refugee crisis of our era’

China's great migration from 'Hukou Hell' - CNN.com

At this very moment, in a major Chinese city, a worker is boarding a train home.

The Netherlands held a competition to design new refugee housing. These are the winners.

A Home Away From Home is a design competition aimed at rethinking public housing.

The best and worst places to be a working woman

The Economist’s glass-ceiling index measures gender equality in the labour market