In our blog post “What is the Demographic Dividend?” we explored the benefits that may result when a country’s age structure changes due to falling birth rates. But keep in mind that while lower fertility is a precondition for the demographic dividend to happen, the actual benefits are largely dependent on a country’s social, economic, and political environment.
A Look at South Korea’s Demographic Transition
This year, the Olympics opening ceremony highlighted climate change and the impact of global warming on the planet to a worldwide, primetime audience – a message that echoed throughout the games in different ways.
There are 145 calendar days left in 2016, and today marks the day that our population will have used all the natural and ecological resources that our planet can renew in a whole year.
A healthy, clean, and sustainable environment is essential to the fulfillment of human rights, including the right to life, food, health, water, and an adequate standard of living.
There may be no prettier setting than where we found ourselves last weekend – the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, a stretch of California State coastline just a stone’s throw from the tony Pebble Beach golf course and 17-mile drive. While the rest of the country sweated through record heat, we enjoyed three days of leadership training amid chilly breezes and fog that would burn off just in time to reveal dazzling sunsets.
The coast of Florida has recently been plagued by miles of green muck affecting tourism, fishing, and everyone’s overall sense of smell. The green substance, a collection of cyanobacteria, is known as an algal bloom.
In simple terms, the demographic dividend is the economic growth that may result from changes to a country’s age structure, due to the shift from people living short lives and having large families to living long lives and having small families.
Brazil is one of the world’s largest emerging economies and ranks in the top ten most populous countries in the world. It has the longest coastline in South America and one of its major cities, Rio de Janeiro, will host this year’s Summer Olympics. Did you know that Brazil has traditionally been a net recipient of immigrants with the southeast being the prime destination? Or, that since the 1960s Brazil has experienced a rapid fertility decline?
Pollinators around the globe are facing a grim future as a key component of global biodiversity. This is not only bad news for pollinators and other animals, but also for humans due to the risks it poses to the global food supply. Because of this, in 2008, the U.S. Senate designated this very week as National Pollinator Week to emphasize the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations and its impact.
Who are the pollinators and why are they so important?