July 19, 2012, 8am PDT
Urbanists got excited when new population data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggested bigger growth in cities compared to their suburbs. Eric Jaffe interviews Columbia professor David King on why this isn't necessarily true.
June 30, 2012, 11am PDT
Carol Morello and Patricia Sullivan explore the recent population spike in Washington, D.C., part of a nationwide trend toward "an urban renaissance."
June 9, 2012, 1pm PDT
A new paper by a group of international scientists warns that the planet may be at the tipping point of causing a rapid irreversible transition to a "state unknown in human experience," reports Bettina Boxall
April 18, 2012, 9am PDT
Unlike Asia and South America, sub-Saharan Africa did not see birthrates fall in the second half of the 20th century. As a result, urban life in Nigeria heralds the challenges facing an increasingly populous planet, Elisabeth Rosenthal reports.
April 5, 2012, 7am PDT
More people leave the 9-county region than migrate there from other states. In fact, the population would be in decline if it wasn't for foreign migration. Notably missing from the report on Census data is the birth rate for the region.
April 2, 2012, 7am PDT
A conference held in London last Tuesday, called "Planet Under Pressure," provided a forum to begin to answer the question, reports Roxanne Palmer.
International Business Times
March 21, 2012, 6am PDT
An interactive visualization recently released by Unicef presents a startling picture of the world's urban population growth from 1950 to 2050. Mark Wilson deconstructs its implications.
March 2, 2012, 7am PST
John K. McIlwain breaks down the recent explosion in the "65-or-better" population – and what it means for urban regions.
February 21, 2012, 10am PST
The recession has taken its toll on U.S. population growth - both in babies born and immigration. While the recession officially ended June, 2009, growth rates continue to lag for the second consecutive year at .7%, the lowest since the Depression.
February 13, 2012, 11am PST
A new report by one of China's premier academic research organizations has warned about rising discrepancies between the growth of China's cities and their ability to provide the resources necessary to serve those populations.
December 23, 2011, 8am PST
The recession is taking its toll on the nation's population growth rate. A lagging birth rate and a precipitous drop in immigration, particularly those entering the country illegally, resulted in a 0.7% growth rate. Immigration is at a 20-year low.
November 1, 2011, 11am PDT
As the world population reaches 7 billion some U.S. builders are working on smaller, compact homes.
October 3, 2011, 11am PDT
Since 2002, California has added 8.3% more drivers while reducing its gasoline consumption by 3.5%. And while taking the lead, they are not alone in this trend. Credit high fuel prices, economic stress and improved car technology for the reduction.
Los Angeles Times - Business
September 29, 2011, 12pm PDT
The UN released new demographic projections Thursday that forecast India's urban population will more than double in the next thirty years. UN Under Secretary General Joan Clos said there is an urgent need to discuss urban issues in response.
August 29, 2011, 10am PDT
John B. Calhoun wrote in the 70s about studies he'd conducted that looked at how mice would react when "overcrowded". Since his utopias often turned ugly, he (and many others) extrapolated the results to humans, giving density a bad name.
July 31, 2011, 11am PDT
Officials in Detroit have unveiled plans to taper off public services in certain parts of town unlikely to see their populations rebound and to focus on areas likely to recover.
July 31, 2011, 7am PDT
As Singapore's population booms, officials are working through plans to help the city absorb its people but also provide them with adequate green space.
July 27, 2011, 12pm PDT
Officials in Moscow are pushing a plan to double the footprint of the city in order to ease congestion and overcrowding. Some worry sprawling development patters will follow.
July 1, 2011, 5am PDT
A new report from the <em>Brookings Institution</em> tracks where populations are aging in America, and which parts are experiencing booms in young populations.
June 2, 2011, 1pm PDT
The Latin American population is on the rise in many parts of the country. Oregon is seeing its own shifts in population, and this piece takes a look at whats driving the changes.
Oregon Public Broadcasting