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Living longer and loving it. oneinchpunch/shutterstock.com

Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

People who are 65 and up can expect to live longer than ever before. Does it make sense to keep classifying everyone in this group as old? A pair of demographers argue for 'age inflation.'
Current levels of population growth become a problem for Australians when investment in infrastructure like public transport fails to keep up. David Moir/AAP

Solving the ‘population problem’ through policy

Population growth in Australia is a problem mainly because of the lack of a coherent national policy to manage it. The focus needs to be on maintaining quality of life through sustainable growth.
In Nagoro, in Tokushima Prefecture, one resident has made around 300 dolls to replace villagers who are no longer around. Roberto Maxwell/flickr

When a country’s towns and villages face extinction

Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
The world is getting grayer, but getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Jorge Silva/Reuters

It’s time to measure 21st century aging with 21st century tools

Turning 65 in 2016 doesn't mean the same thing as hitting 65 in 1916. So why are we still using a population aging measure that was developed a century ago?
Old people in many countries are less likely to own a car. Anna Jurkovska/Shutterstock.com

Our ageing populations could help slow greenhouse emissions

Could developed countries' ageing populations help clean up the climate? New research suggests that a 1% increase in the proportion of over-65s delivers a 1.5% cut in carbon dioxide emissions.
Tractors may have revolutionised farming but to protect biosecurity, farmers could do with some extra help. Ben McLeod/Flickr

Go with the grain: technology to help farmers protect crops

New technology to tackle biosecurity challenges down the track is one of the five megatrends identified in today’s CSIRO report Australia’s Biosecurity Future: preparing for future biological challenges…
Data, like fruit, can be selectively picked. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Hard Evidence: are migrants good for the economy?

Two studies about the impact of migration on the UK economy have been published which – if media reports are to believed – appear to contradict one another. A closer reading of these reports, however…

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