New statistics from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the UK continues to post strong population growth, with a net increase of just over 500,000 people between 2015 and 2016. Much of that growth was due to net immigration, but a greater number of births also helped to drive the increase. … More Britain Records High Population Growth
Following yesterday’s blog post on the human health (and death) implications of sustained, high heat, new maps and projections from the Climate Impact Lab (http://www.impactlab.org/) illustrate the increase in the number of 95 F (35 C) days that we can expect to see given climate change. Even under relatively modest reductions in global emissions (based … More Climate Change, Heat, and Death (Part 2)
As places in the American Southwest swelter under a heat wave (with temperatures reaching into the 120 F in Phoenix or mid 50s C), concerns with high heat events and increased mortality due to climate change have gained increased awareness. A new article published in Nature Climate Change (Mora et al. 2017) highlights the increased … More Climate Change, Heat, and Death
In an earlier blog (January 27, 2017) about the futility of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, I commented that a wall would not stop migrants. At best, the wall would slow migrants, but it would not stop them. Instead, individuals that are determined to enter the US will find a way … More Smugglers Respond to Attempts to Limit Population Movements
As the demographics of our societies change, so too does the structure and look of our cities. The needs of an aging population, for example, are leading cities to think about ‘age friendly cities’ that will reshape the infrastructure of cities and help seniors live safely and stay involved in their communities. Similarly, the Millennial … More Changing Demographics, Changing Chinatowns
Earlier blog posts included links to Esri Story Maps. Here is another one that is a great visualization and primer on the profile (and change) of the population of the United States. Check out the full Story Map: https://mcmaster.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=c95c6e88de65497fa5f02d995ac1f7c4 Figure Credit: US Census Bureau
My blog post from March 3, 2017 (“The ‘Global Gag Rule’ Returns”) discussed how the Trump Administration was denying funding for family planning and reproductive health programs in the developing world, with the lack of contraception options leading to an increase in the number unwanted pregnancies, increased risks to maternal and child health, and an increase … More Limiting Access to Birth Control in the US: Does the US Now Have its Own Gag Rule?