Population

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Census data suggests UK faces ‘non-religious future’, say campaigners
Figures for England and Wales show under-40s more likely to declare ‘no religion’ than Christianity for first time

Robert Booth and Michael Goodier

30, Jan, 2023 @3:53 PM

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Chinese province ends ban on unmarried people having children
Sichuan measures aim to encourage more people to have children after population fell for first time in 60 years

Helen Davidson in Taipei

30, Jan, 2023 @2:12 PM

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Old world – Inside the 27 January Guardian Weekly
A demographic timebomb for the planet. Plus: Why Jacinda Ardern quit politics

Graham Snowdon

25, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Japan PM’s solution to dire birthrate has already been rejected by young
Fumio Kishida says lifting the birthrate ‘cannot wait’ yet policies stick to scripts that have so far failed to address the country’s population crisis

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

24, Jan, 2023 @6:34 AM

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Ageing planet: the new demographic timebomb
India is about to overtake China as the most populous country – but as birthrates fall, we’re facing life in a greyer world. Are we prepared for the physical, political and financial challenges ahead?

Emma Graham-Harrison and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

22, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Fourscore years and more: greater longevity is a false challenge | Robin McKie
In 10 years, a quarter of the British population will be over 65. Yet it’s not lifespan but healthspan we should be trying to improve

Robin McKie

22, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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‘The last generation’: the young Chinese people vowing not to have children
Negative population growth that arrived a decade before forecasts has been exacerbated by Covid and restrictive government policies

Verna Yu

20, Jan, 2023 @12:12 PM

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Australia on track for 2023 migration boom as arrivals dwarf Treasury forecasts, ex-official says
Former immigration department deputy believes government has ‘significantly underestimated’ net migration

Paul Karp

13, Jan, 2023 @3:10 AM

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Population growth is a key driver of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss | Letter
Letter: We should heed the words of the late environmentalist James Lovelock on overpopulation, says Robin Maynard

05, Jan, 2023 @5:45 PM

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Covid temporarily reduced Australia’s average life expectancy and lifted death rates to historic highs
Centre for Population report shows 129,000 people died between January and August 2022, 17% higher than average for the period

Amy Remeikis

05, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Melbourne shrank while Queensland grew: what the pandemic did to Australia’s population
The Victorian capital is still on track to outpace Sydney as the biggest city in Australia but Covid lockdowns slowed that growth

Amy Remeikis

04, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Smaller, older, sicker: Australia’s latest population forecast shows pandemic’s impact
Population not expected to reach 30 million until 2033 after Covid shutdown slowed migration

Amy Remeikis

03, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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