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WORLD POPULATION DAY

Tackle climate change to meet energy needs

Efforts to reduce energy poverty are easily outpaced by a surge in demand, which could rise almost 40 per cent on today's level by 2040.

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LONG WAY TO GO: Compared to coal, gas produces around half the carbon dioxide and one-tenth of the air pollutants when burnt for power. Many countries are switching to gas, but we're still far from a low-carbon future.

FOUR years ago, the United Nations picked Dhanica May Camacho of the Philippines as the world's symbolic seven billionth baby in a bid to highlight the challenges of an ever-growing global population.

It was a prescient choice.

It means that we don't have to wait until the middle...

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