National Honey Bee Day is August 19th! Now more than ever, the vital role honey bees play in our national and global ecosystems is being threatened. Honey bee populations are currently dwindling.
We are increasingly seeing the impacts of climate change around the world: rising sea levels, more severe weather events, prolonged droughts, and the destruction of marine ecosystems. As our planet warms, the limited resources we share become even more limited, and this can have devastating consequences on a human level. For example, a recent study estimates that 2 billion people may be displaced from their homes by rising sea levels by 2100.
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Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi and a Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, recently spoke about her toolkit From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa. Her toolkit’s foundation rests on income, girl’s education, maternal health and HIV/AIDS, and leadership. These four pillars support her main mission of creating equality and parity for women.
According to the US Census Bureau there is one birth every 8 seconds, one death every 12 seconds, one international migrant (net) every 33 seconds, and a net gain of one person every 12 seconds in the United States.
Despite these statistics, the population growth rate in the U.S. has been on the decline for years. It hovered around 1.2% in the 1990’s, 1% in the early 2000’s and has been just over 0.7% since 2010. This slowing trend is expected to continue.
China is one of the world’s largest countries, both by land mass and population. It has a rich and fascinating history and has made great contributions to society. Did you know that Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of the Great Wall in the third century BCE as a way to prevent invasions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire? Or, that an imperial census counted approximately 60 million people in the country in the year 1 CE? Take our China population quiz to learn more!
The U.S. national fertility rate was 1.9 children per woman in 2016, a figure which is lower than the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman. Considering the U.S. fertility rate was 3.7 in the 1960s, it might seem that our population would decrease. Yet this is not the case.