Immigration to UK hits record despite tough talk
Figures released yesterday show net immigration to Britain was at unprecedented levels last year. The news has reignited one of the most controversial debates in politics.
Youth unemployment hits one million in UK
Economists are warning of a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are long-term unemployed. As the global financial slump continues, the world of jobs is changing fast.
7 billion and counting: women hold key to population
Millions of women worldwide still lack access to contraception or education. As the planet's seven billionth baby is born, the links between poverty and population have never been so important.
World population set to tip seven billion
The world population has doubled over the past 50 years, and on Monday it is set to reach a phenomenal seven billion. How will the planet deal with this unprecedented number of people?
Obese will soon outnumber the hungry 2 to 1
The world's obese now hugely outnumber those who are starving, and the gap is widening fast. What does this mean for the future of our planet's food production?
Major blow is struck in battle of country v city
Campaigners claim an important victory over the British government after protestors force parliament to table a debate on plans for a high-speed rail link.
REFUGEE WEEK: Burden of help falls on poor nations
A new report shows that four out of five refugees are in developing countries, while anti-refugee feelings grow in the rich world. With numbers on the rise, how can we share the burden?
China drought raises fears of global crisis
Parts of China are experiencing their worst drought in 50 years. Desperate officials have opened dams, spending the country's water reserves. But water shortages remain a global threat.
Cheap as chips? Not any more, warns the UN
The UN has issued a warning about poverty, malnutrition and the rising cost of food. What’s pushing up the prices? And can we avoid a global disaster?