Monthly Archives: February 2012


February 29, 2012

A Prophet of More… Way More… More and More… And?

February 29, 2012 — Many subscribers to PMC’s Daily Email are familiar with Dave Gardner’s Growthbusters project. Dave has coined the phrases “growth addict” and “growth booster” to serve as helpful tools to quickly and concisely describe members of our species with an unexamined and outspoken fetish for...

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February 28, 2012

Drought, population force city to find more water

February 28, 2012 — Please see this recent article, published in the Galveston County Daily News and reporting on the travails of League City, TX in their efforts to provide water resources to a growing population. If population growth continues, by 2035 the city will need about 50...

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February 27, 2012

Climate Ethics and Population Policy

February 27, 2012 — Thanks to Phil Cafaro, Ph.D. and Vice President/President Elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, for the following paper. The abstract is presented below. Also, it should be noted Dr. Cafaro’s paper was recently cited in an article in Ecologist online (link below)...

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February 27, 2012

Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now

February 27, 2012 — Below is strongly presented opinion piece, written by Sara Robinson, the editor of Alternet’s Visions section. Sara is a trained social futurist, and she’s particularly interested in change resistance movements. See: http://www.alternet.org/story/154144/why_patriarchal_men_are_utterly_petrified_of_birth_control_–_and_why_we%27ll_still_be_fighting_about_it_100_years_from_now?page=entire Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why...

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February 27, 2012

Dip In Population Raises Concern: Demographers

February 27, 2012 — It seems clear that Dr Aneesh, assistant professor, community medicine, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in India has not been in any recent close consultations with the Indian Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. In the story immediately below, Dr. Aneesh is quoted...

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February 24, 2012

Friday Humor: “Really? With Seth and Amy”.

February 24, 2012 — I hope you enjoy the following video clip, which comes to you via Saturday Night Live’s “Really? With Seth and Amy“. In it, Amy and Seth question the actions and decisions of lawmakers and the church about birth control. Navigate here to watch the...

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February 23, 2012

Civilization faces ‘perfect storm of ecological and social problems’

February 23, 2012 — The following news report appeared in the environmental section of the The Guardian’s website titled “Global Development”. The report is based on the release of a synthesis paper created from key messages found in individual papers written by the past 18 winners of the...

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February 22, 2012

Student Reporting: Population 7 Billion

February 22, 2012 — I am pleased to distribute the following student essay, written by Carleton University undergrad Marika Washchyshyn (Bachelor of Journalism, 2012) for her International Reporting analytical course. Marika initially reached out to Population Institute’s Global Population Speak Out program for information and research leads. She...

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February 21, 2012

Hollywood actress, Alexandra Paul, to train local actors in Sierra Leone

February 21, 2012 — February 21, 2012 Alexandra Paul, an actress (best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in TV series “Baywatch”) and social activist, has teamed up with Population Media Center (PMC) to train local actors in Sierra Leone from February 23 – March 1,...

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February 21, 2012

Honduran Supreme Court Upholds Most Sweeping Ban on Emergency Contraception Anywhere

February 21, 2012 — Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief of RH Reality Check, recently penned this report on the Honduran Supreme Court upholding a severe ban on emergency contraception. See: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/02/14/honduran-supreme-court-upholds-complete-ban-on-emergency-contraception-0 Honduran Supreme Court Upholds Most Sweeping Ban on Emergency Contraception Anywhere by Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief,...

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February 20, 2012

Government concern at high population growth rate

February 20, 2012 — The following story reports on Kenya’s efforts to reduce its 3% annual growth, one of the highest rates in the world. http://www.coastweek.com/3506_population.htm Government concern at high population growth rate Kenya’s ministry of health WILL spend U.S. $ 7 million dollars in the 2011/2012 financial...

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February 20, 2012

Ntawukuliryayo urges legislators to tackle population growth

February 20, 2012 — See: http://in2eastafrica.net/ntawukuliryayo-urges-legislators-to-tackle-population-growth/ Ntawukuliryayo urges legislators to tackle population growth Senate President, Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, has urged the Rwandan Network of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (RPRPD) to double their efforts if the country’s population is to be controlled. While officiating at the RPRPD...

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February 20, 2012

Opinion: Food Supply and Population Growth

February 20, 2012 — Thanks to Russell Hopfenberg, Ph.D. of Duke University, for the following essay which discusses Dr. Hopfenberg’s thesis on the relationship of food availability and human population growth. Dr. Hopfenberg would be glad to receive feedback and respond to questions. A contact email is provided...

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February 20, 2012

Opinion: We can’t feed 10 billion

February 20, 2012 — Several people sent in this recent opinion article by Paul B. Farrell, published on the MarketWatch.com website. As of this moment, the article had generated over 450 comments. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/global-suicide-2020-we-cant-feed-10-billion-2012-02-14 Feb. 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EST Global suicide 2020: We can’t feed 10 billion Commentary:...

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February 17, 2012

Rapid Population Growth Threatens Dhamar

February 17, 2012 — Here is a February 16th news-report from Yemen, whose population may increase from 23 million (in 2008) to 61 million in 2035. In the governorate of Dhamar, officials are concerned they can not meet the needs of the rapidly expanding population. See: http://www.yementimes.com/en/1547/report/423/Rapid-population-growth-threatens-Dhamar.htm Rapid...

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February 16, 2012

Likely Natural Events Could Cause Melt Downs

February 16, 2012 — Thanks to Bill Ryerson for pointing out the work of Matthew Stein. The following article, (variations of which have been published on Alternet, Huffington Post and Nexus Magazine) discusses the vulnerability of the electric grid, and by extension, the global fleet of nuclear reactors,...

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February 15, 2012

Growing Population A Matter of Great Concern: Azad

February 15, 2012 — Following is a press release from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about cross-country “south-south” collaborations aiming at population stabilization. See: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=80311 Growing Population A Matter of Great Concern: Azad “More South-South cooperation and mutual understanding would help to redefine strategies in...

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February 15, 2012

Addressing Population Growth to Increase the Well-being of People and the Planet

February 15, 2012 — See: http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/citizen/addressing-population-growth-increase-1/ Addressing Population Growth to Increase the Well-being of People and the Planet Source: The Bay Citizen By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, Feb. 10, 2012 The University of California, Berkeley hosted a gathering February 4th of globally-respected experts in the fields of population, sustainability,...

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February 14, 2012

What The World Community Really Needs to Do

February 14, 2012 — Thanks to Dr. William E. Rees for the following .pdf, which is based on a Power Point presentation he made in New York City on December 14th, 2011. Dr. Rees has mentioned in the past that “The world community can (and probably will for...

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February 13, 2012

The Association of Television and Radio with Reproductive Behavior

February 13, 2012 — Thanks to Bill Ryerson for sending me this research paper authored by Charles F. Westoff and Dawn A. Koffman. I have pasted the text of the first several pages below. If you are interested, you can download the full .pdf here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AOXRSoLRbnrZZw78frbPltRD398spBGBjPTDjEWZGRU/edit The Association...

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February 13, 2012

Politicians, Pom-Poms and Population Growth

February 13, 2012 — Many population activists are aware of the tried and true thirst most politicians have for population growth. Below is a recent story, from Canada which displays this tendency. See: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Booming+population+West+Shore+threatens+worsen+traffic+snarlups/6132231/story.html  Booming population in West Shore threatens to worsen traffic snarlups By Derek Spalding,...

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February 13, 2012

Consumption: the other side of population for development

February 13, 2012 — Thanks to Bill Ryerson for pointing out this recently published article, which appears in the January issue of Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. Below is the abstract, and you can download the full paper here: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/esep/v12/n1/p15-20/ ABSTRACT: World population is growing at an...

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February 10, 2012

Survey: Majority of Catholics support including birth control in health care plans

February 10, 2012 — Thanks to Earl Babbie for sending me this article regarding a Catholic majority supportive of a rule by the U.S. government that says most employers must include contraception coverage in their health care plans. The story ran in the Detroit Free Press. As a...

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February 9, 2012

National Population Policy Workshop: Population Policies are Vital

February 9, 2012 — Please see this article, which was recently published in the Sudan Vision, an independent daily, about a meeting that reportedly took place on January 3rd, 2012 in Sudan. The online article seems to be poorly translated, and has been edited for clarity below. As...

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February 8, 2012

Niger struggling to feed refugees, as well as its own growing population

February 8, 2012 — Please see this recently written for SOS Children, a UK based charity, which focuses on developments in Niger. Reportedly, “religious leaders are now openly addressing the topic of family planning as a way to ensure a healthier population, which can be sustained by Niger’s...

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February 7, 2012

Victory in sight for revolution over female genital mutilation

February 7, 2012 — Thanks to Cecelia Angelone for sending me this article about female genital mutilation (FGM). This issue is one that PMC has worked on. Showing people the risks involved in the practice and showing alternative positive behaviors is one of the most effective way of...

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February 6, 2012

Ever-increasing Nonrenewable Natural Resource (NNR) Scarcity

February 6, 2012 — Thanks to Chris Clugston for this recent analysis of nonrenewable natural resource scarcity. For a full analysis of nonrenewable resources by Chris, you can view this .pdf: http://www.wakeupamerika.com/PDFs/Increasing-Global-Nonrenewable-Natural-Resource-Scarcity_Prelude-to-Global-Societal-Collapse.pdf Ever-increasing Nonrenewable Natural Resource (NNR) Scarcity There will always be plenty of NNRs in the ground....

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February 6, 2012

Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar Connect Family Planning With Environmental Health

February 6, 2012 — The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Please see this January 2012 article, which reports on population-related efforts by both...

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February 6, 2012

2011: A Year of Weather Extremes, with More to Come

February 6, 2012 — Thanks to the Earth Policy Institute for sending me this recent release. See: http://www.earth-policy.org/indicators/C51/temperature_2012 January 31, 2012 2011: A Year of Weather Extremes, with More to Come Janet Larsen and Sara Rasmussen The global average temperature in 2011 was 14.52 degrees Celsius (58.14 degrees...

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February 3, 2012

Top Komen Staffer Quit Over Policy Targetting Planned Parenthood

February 3, 2012 — Over the last several days there has been an epic firestorm of controversy and outrage over a decision recently made by the Susan G. Komen Foundation — to eliminate breast-cancer screening grants to Planned Parenthood. You can see RH Reality Checks full coverage of...

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February 2, 2012

Children’s Books Increasingly Ignore Natural World

February 2, 2012 — Several recent Daily Emails were related to entertainment-education initiatives geared towards adults in various places around the world; below is an article related to a different kind of “entertainment education”. For a Wikipedia article on Nature Deficit Disorder click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_deficit_disorder To read the...

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February 1, 2012

World Lacks Enough Food, Fuel as Population Soars

February 1, 2012 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for alerting PMC to this January 30th article in Scientific American. Similar coverage was seen from Reuters and the Australian Broadcasting Company. All are reporting on the release of a report authored by the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel...

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Current World Population

7,229,255,002

Net Growth During Your Visit

12,783