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THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has defied the Catholic Church by criticizing its bishops' opposition to the use of condoms as a means of preventing the spread of HIV-AIDS.
Nearly a quarter of a billion people escaped slums in the past decade, but the housing effort was outstripped by population growth and rural exodus to the cities, the United Nations said.
One of the City of London's most respected institutions has warned of "catastrophic consequences" for businesses that fail to prepare for a world of increasing oil scarcity and a lower carbon economy.
Muir Russell report says scientists did not fudge data, but they should have been more open about their work.
Leaders have failed to deliver on a pledge to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, scientists say.
The World Bank has released a Reproductive Health Action Plan 2010-2015 to help less developed countries reduce high fertility and prevent the number more than 350,000 deaths of women each year in pregnancy and childbirth complications.
The new British Prime Minister wants a target of 3 million more lives saved from maternal mortality by 2015 and a £5m fund for midwives in developing nations.
For the first time in decades, researchers report a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth.
Save the Children has published a policy brief on population, highlighting how rapid growth in the world's population is increasing the risk of poverty, political instability and climate change.