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One in Six of All Australian Children Live in Poverty

Posted by feww on October 13, 2014

Submitted by a reader [Edited by FIRE-EARTH]

3.3 Million Australians live below poverty line*

One in seven Australians, or an estimated 3.3 million people, live below the international poverty line, according to a new report.

The above figure includes 603,000 children [figure represents pre-2011 statistics,] or one in 6 of all Australian kids,  according to the report released by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

The report is based on data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Income and Expenditure surveys.

The poverty line is defined as 50 percent of median disposable income, or AU$400 ($346) for single adult and AU$841 per week for a couple with two children in 2012.

The report has found that more than a million Australians are living in “severe poverty.” More than 310,000 are children.

The Western Australia’s Curtin Economics Center defines severe poverty as a single person living on less than AU$130 each week, and a couple living on less than AU$260, after deducting housing costs.

“Tasmania’s poverty rate stands at 15.1 per cent,” according to a single-line report posted on

Australian GDP 2014 estimate:  AU$1.44 trillion
Per capita GDP: AU$61,137
Population in 2014: 23,488,231

*[NOTE: According to ACOSS Report, ” poverty is growing in Australia with an estimated 2.5 million people or 13.9% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line.” However, the population of Australia has grown from 21.5 million in 2011 to an  estimated 23. 48 million in 2014. —Editor.]

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India’s Population Up 28 Percent Since 2000

Posted by feww on May 1, 2013

India’s population hit 1.272 billion

Based on the available data and best estimates, FIRE-EARTH projections show that the total population of India may have reached 1.272 billion as of posting, a rise of 27.6% since 2000. [In comparison, U.S. population will reach 315,780,000 today; was 313,933,954 on July 4, 2012.]

India’s population was 350 million in 1947 and grew to 996,944,000 (0.9 billion) in 2000.

The population as of March 1, 2011, was 1,210,726,932, according to the latest census.

In 2012 the population reached 1,259,721,000 according to PRB 2012 World Population Data Sheet (mid year), which also placed the  world population at 7,058,000,000 for the period.

Indian population

As of May 1, 2013 India’s population comprised about 18 percent of total world population.

About 76 percent of the people in India live below US$2.0 (world average: 48%).

Other Populations Today (best estimates)

World: 7,082,336,000
China : 1,359,800,000

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Air Quality in Beijing 2008

Posted by terres on June 23, 2008

News of air quality in Beijing aren’t good

But hey, who cares? The athletes would probably be pumped with so much exotic performance enhancers they wouldn’t feel a thing.

As for the foreign visitors, they’ve got to be wealthy enough to travel to China and stay there for a week or two, right? And if you are wealthy, the discourse goes, you would know what’s good for you!

Air pollution can be seen down the main road of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square June 18, 2008 as paramilitary policemen march across it as part of the flag lowering ceremony at sunset. Australian Olympic officials have defended their decision to ban dozens of athletes from marching at the opening ceremony in Beijing because of concerns about pollution in the Chinese capital. Although it is not unusual for Australian athletes competing in the first few days to skip the ceremony to save their energy, Athletics Australia has ordered the entire team to stay away from Beijing for as long as possible because of concerns about air quality. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

What others say about the air quality, Beijing 2008:

Smoggy smoggy smoggy, oi oi oi

China has even changed the way it measures Beijing air quality so that the results appear better than they really are, report The New York Times and Beijing air-quality blogger What could be more thoughtful than that when it comes to putting your guests at ease? …

“We have had athletes come back from a recent test event and one athlete has got 10 days off training because of a respiratory problem,” Athletics Australia’s high performance manager Max Binnington told ABC radio. “We don’t want our athletes to be undertaking that sort of risk.” …

They needn’t worry about making excuses. All Australian attempts to avoid upsetting the hosts will be forgotten once the Americans turn up looking like Darth Vader.

Randy Wilber, the lead exercise physiologist for the US Olympic Committee, has urged American athletes to wear specially designed carbon filtration masks over their nose and mouth from the minute they set foot in Beijing until they begin competing …

Pollution cloud over the Olympics

With 47 days to go to the Olympics China has admitted pollution fears remain high and endurance events may have to be re-scheduled.

China insists Beijing’s air quality will meet World Health Organisation standards in August [Olympics from Aug. 8-24 and the Paralympics from Sept. 6-17.] It is limiting car traffic during the event, suspending construction work and closing and moving factories away from the city.

But it is one of the most polluted cities in the world and, with 3.5 million vehicles on the road, it’s among the most congested.

Beijing Announces Traffic Plan for Olympics

Beijing has 27 air-quality monitoring stations, but some observers have questioned whether the stations, many of which are in rural and mountainous areas in the city’s suburbs, accurately reflect the quality of air in the crowded urban center of the city where most people live — and where most Olympic events will take place. In recent days, one reporter at the news conference remarked, the hazy air has seemed polluted, though the environmental agency’s daily figures say the pollution level has been low.

Blood over Beijing

The Beijing Olympics will not be the world’s least controversial. China is under fire by human rights activists, the Olympic Torch relay has become a focal point for protests, while athletes from some nations have signed gag orders to stop them commenting on anything but sport. So much for sport and politics says Jacqui Lund. …

People and pollution ? two commodities China has in abundance. Both are badly managed, both are currently in the international eye. “This will be the People’s Olympics,” China promised when they were awarded the Olympic Games. “We will make the preparations for the Olympic Games a process of substantially improving the people’s living standards, both materially and culturally,” they claimed.

China budgeted around $37bn on the Olympics in Beijing. Their state-of-the-art Olympic facilities, the ‘Bird?s Nest’ National Stadium and the ‘Water Cube’ Aquatics Centre are structural wonders to behold.

Lurking in the shadows are China’s 40 million people living below the poverty line with no national healthcare system. No-one has been able to say how the Water Cube will feed and medicate the millions.

According to the China Rights Forum, the number of people displaced by Olympics-related development in Beijing is over 1.4 million.

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