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The population challenge

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When people think of the world’s “population problem,” they often focus on rapid demographic growth in parts of the developing world. But, globally, the population-growth rate is actually falling, and is expected to plateau later this century. Though we cannot afford to ignore the fact that, according to United Nations estimates, there will be 2.4 billion more mouths to feed worldwide by mid-century, another population problem also merits serious attention: large pockets of demographic decline.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Flip the pyramid

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In a world of immeasurable resources, two thirds of its population is poor. How natural abundance and shocking scarcity co-exist is mind-boggling. In this context, it surely seems that man cannot manage mankind.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Civilized countries show way

The editorial titled “Bad trip” (9/14/14), about our public transport system, concluded with this statement: “In civilized countries, officials do not think it beneath them to take public transport with the rest of the population. But then again, those countries have effective transport systems that are well maintained, run on a strict schedule, and thus move masses of people efficiently. For them, ‘public service’ is not just a laughable phrase. For us, our transport problems are a bad trip and a horrible reality with seemingly no end in sight.”

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The Sona and the 100-millionth Filipino

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On this day, the 100-millionth Filipino will be born, officially making the Philippines the 12th most populous country in the world and, in the words and contention of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): “presenting both challenges and opportunities.”

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Footsteps

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“Grow old along with me / The best is yet to be,” Rabbi ben Ezra says in the 1850 sonnet. That is not so here, reveal studies presented at the “Philippine and Global Perspective on Aging” at University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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