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NCHS Data Brief

June 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

Many thanks to John Tanton for this National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 21 for August 2009. As John points out, the opening paragraph makes quite a useful statement. It points out that “Age at first birth influences the total number of births that a woman might have in her life, which impacts the size, composition, and future growth of the population.”


Bill Ryerson Interviewed on KQED Radio

June 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

On June 1, 2010, Bill Ryerson participated in an hour-long discussion of population on KQED, a public radio station in San Francisco, along with Julia Whitty, author of the Mother Jones story on population, and Kavita Ramdas, head of the Global Fund for Women. The show can be heard at http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201006010900

World excitement grows … in Winooski

June 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

Below is a blog post about our electronic game project, written by Tim Johnson at The Burlington Free Press.

Global excitement is growing about the World Cup, but you wouldn’t know it, living in this country, unless maybe you wander into the Champlain Mill in Winooski, home to the Emergent Media Center of Champlain College. For going on two years, scores of students at the center have been working on an electronic soccer game designed to discourage violence against women. The game now has a name, “Breakaway,” and even a big-name spokesman (big, that is, any place outside of the U.S.), Cameroonian soccer star Samuel Eto’o. For more info on the game, click here.

This is a huge, U.N.-sponsored project that’s soon to culminate with the release of the game’s first chapter (including three episodes), which will go live on the Web on June 22. And on June 20, 2,000 CDs will be distributed in Africa.
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Pricetag to raise a child — $291,570, says U.S.

June 1st, 2010 | Add a Comment

Thanks to Milton Saier for this Reuters article.

A middle-income family can expect to spend $291,570 including inflation to raise a child born in 2008 to adulthood, the government estimated on Tuesday, up slightly from the estimate made a year ago.

The estimate covers food, shelter and other necessities for a child to age 18, said the annual report by the Agriculture Department. The figure does not include the cost of childbirth or college.

Housing accounts for one-third of expenditures on children. Food accounts for 16 percent, the same as child care and education, said the Expenditures on Children by Families report.

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‘Greed culture’ killing planet

May 31st, 2010 | Add a Comment

Thanks to Dierk von Behrens for this article.

The average American consumes more than his or her weight in products each day, fuelling a global culture of excess that is emerging as the biggest threat to the planet, according to a new report.

In its annual report, Worldwatch Institute says the cult of consumption and greed could wipe out any gains from government action on climate change or a shift to a clean energy economy.

”Until we recognise that our environmental problems, from climate change to deforestation to species loss, are driven by unsustainable habits, we will not be able to solve the ecological crises that threaten to wash over civilisation,” Worldwatch project director Erik Assadourian said.

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42,719 Pounds of Minerals for Every American Last Year

May 31st, 2010 | Add a Comment

Many thanks to Mary Frost for this article.

Last year, every person in the United States needed more than 21 tons of minerals and energy fuels to maintain their standard of living, according to statistics compiled by the Mineral Information Institute, an Affiliate of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation.

With the life expectancy in the U.S. now averaging 77.8 years, this means that the average American will need to have 3.3 million pounds of resources to be mined to provide the products and materials they will depend upon in their lifetime. The population of the U.S. is over 304 million people, so this means that last year, nearly 6
billion tons of different rocks and minerals had to be mined somewhere, to make the things we use in our everyday lives.

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Time to Breakaway!

May 30th, 2010 | Add a Comment

Moboid – Heather Kelley blog


As World Cup 2010 approaches, let me direct your attention to Breakaway, a game sponsored by the United Nations with the goal to end violence against women by reaching out to young men around the world. Through exciting football (soccer) gameplay and intriguing character and story, the game reveals issues of gender discrimination and violence, and offer alternatives. The hope is to end violent and discriminatory acts against women and girls before they even start.
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Child Marriage in the Middle East and North Africa

May 30th, 2010 | Add a Comment

Child marriage is a human rights violation. Several international human rights agreements protect children from child marriage, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Convention of Eradication of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990). All call for the free and full consent of both parties to marriage, a minimum age of marriage of 18, designation of child marriage as a harmful practice, and protection for the rights of children from all forms of exploitation

Early marriage compromises girls’ development and often results in early pregnancy and social isolation. Child marriage also reinforces the vicious cycle of early marriage, low education, high fertility, and poverty. Setting and enforcing a minimum legal age for marriage is necessary to protect girls, who are more affected than boys by the practice of child marriage. Most countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have laws on the minimum age for marriage, ranging from age 13 in Iran to age 20 in Tunisia for females, and from age 15 in Yemen to age 21 in Algeria for males.

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Population Challenges To The Year 2050: Radio Interviews

May 30th, 2010 | Add a Comment

EarthSky has a series of radio interviews on population: “Population Challenges To The Year 2050.” EarthSky won a first place award in the Population Institute’s 30th Annual Global Media Awards, for Excellence in Population Reporting.



Potts said he agrees with the many studies which suggest that empowering women through increased access to education and contraceptives – plus delaying marriage – is key to 21st century peace and stability
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NEW DELHI: The government will not use legislation to control the country’s swelling population.

May 28th, 2010 | Add a Comment

Thanks to Joe Bish for this Times of India story

According to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, “We are not in favour of controlling population growth through any kind of legislation, but by way of generating awareness and persuading people to have a small family size for betterment of the health of the mother and child.”

He said, “Population is a major concern. India is the world’s second most populous country. Urgent steps need to be taken to stabilise the population for sustainable development.”

According to Azad, India is following the demographic transition pattern of developing countries, from the initial levels of “high birth rate-high death rate” to the intermediate transition stage of “high birth rate-low death rate” which manifests in high rates of population growth, before attaining “low birth rate-low death rate”.

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