CONTRACEPTION IS “GREENEST” TECHNOLOGY

September 16, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Roger Martin, Chair of the Optimum Population Trust, for the summary report (Word document below) that led to the press release below. Following that is an article on the report from the Telegraph sent to me by Fred Stanback. Following that is an article from the Washington Post sent to me by Emily Pontarelli. With that article are instructions for sending your letter to the editor of the Washington Post commenting on their coverage
OPT CC Report Summary (Word doc., 246 KB)

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‘Contraception cheapest way to combat climate change’

Every £4 spent on family planning over the next four decades would reduce global CO2 emissions by more than a ton, whereas a minimum of £19 would have to be spent on low-carbon technologies to achieve the same result, the research says.

The report, Fewer Emitter, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, concludes that family planning should be seen as one of the primary methods of emissions reduction. The UN estimates that 40 per cent of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended.

For full article, visit:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange
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When It Comes to Pollution, Less (Kids) May Be More

To heck with carbon dioxide. A new study performed by the London School of Economics suggests that, to fight climate change, governments should focus on another pollutant: us.

As in babies. New people.

Every new life, the report says, is a guarantee of new greenhouse gases, spewed out over decades of driving and electricity use. Seen in that light, we might be our own worst emissions.

For full article, visit:
http://www.washingtonpost.com


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