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December 19, 2016

India’s Supreme Court Directs Government to End Mass Sterilization Camps

December 19, 2016 — Indian activists welcome top court ban on ‘sterilization camps’ after women’s deaths See: NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women’s health activists on Friday cheered a ruling by India’s top court ordering the government to shut down “sterilization camps” within three years following...

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October 3, 2016

Population Growth Extremes: Doublers and Decliners

October 3, 2016 — Population Growth Extremes: Doublers and Decliners See: NEW YORK, Sep 23 2016 (IPS) – While the world’s population of 7.4 billion is growing at 1.1 percent per year – about half the peak level of the late 1960s – enormous differences in demographic...

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September 30, 2016

30 years Later Myanmar Takes a Census – Finds Stalled Fertility Decline

September 30, 2016 — Report Highlights Hardship and Family Planning Needs See: Married women in Burma give birth to five children on average [sic] and detailed findings of the country’s 2014 census highlight the lack of education, need for family planning, and the continued hardship that many...

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September 29, 2016

Report Suggests 2% of Women In Lagos State, Nigeria Use Contraception

September 29, 2016 — Poor consumption of family planning fueling maternal deaths in Lagos See: Despite the Lagos State government’s effort in providing Family Planning (FP) services at the state owned health facilities, only very few women are utilizing the services- hence the rise in unwanted pregnancies,...

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September 27, 2016

Population & Sustainability Network: Tree Conservation & Mobile Health in Kenya

September 27, 2016 — Network News: Integrating tree conservation and mobile health clinics in Kenya See: CHASE Africa, originally called the Rift Valley Tree Trust, was established in 2000 to encourage tree planting around the fast disappearing Mau forest in Kenya. Starting tree nurseries was easy but...

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September 26, 2016

On World Contraception Day, Advocates Ask: “Where’s The Money???”

September 26, 2016 — WORLD LEADERS MUST ACT NOW TO ADDRESS A GLOBAL CONTRACEPTIVE CRISIS See: This week, world leaders are gathered at the U.N. General Assembly to discuss the future of the Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately they are ignoring a global contraceptive crisis that threatens to...

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September 23, 2016

Japan’s Prime Minister: Population Decreases Simply NOT a Problem

September 23, 2016 — Abe: Japan’s shrinking population not burden but incentive See: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan’s aging, shrinking population was not a burden, but an incentive to boost productivity through innovations like robots, wireless sensors and Artificial Intelligence. Abe’s comments on Wednesday came days...

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September 22, 2016

UK Conservative: DFID’s Best Aid Option is Universal Contraception

September 22, 2016 — Alex Morton: Patel’s best possible aid policy – access to universal contraception See: Priti Patel is making, as you might expect from a rising star, excellent noises about making overseas aid more efficient and more effective. But so did Justine Greening and so...

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September 21, 2016

Philippines Supreme Court Keeps Judicial Foot on Throat of RH Law

September 21, 2016 — No lifting of TRO on contraceptive implants, says SC See: The Supreme Court has denied the government’s request to lift the restraining order on the procurement, selling, distributing, dispensing,  administering and promoting contraceptive implants. A restraining order was issued in July last year...

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September 20, 2016

Melinda Gates Interviews on Foundation’s Gender Equity Focus

September 20, 2016 — Gates says too many programs miss the mark because their influence on women and girls is not taken into consideration. See: The wealthiest private foundation in history is tackling its most ambitious project ever: eliminating inequalities between the sexes. This is a major shift...

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September 16, 2016

Philosophical Friday: The Population Bioethicist Strikes Back at Critics

September 16, 2016 — Bioethicist: The climate crisis calls for fewer children See: Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children. NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden profiled some of my...

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September 15, 2016

Meeting the SDGs Will Lead to Smaller Global Population Growth

September 15, 2016 — Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals leads to lower world population growth See: Here we show to what extent expected world population growth will be lower as a consequence of implementing the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include specific quantitative targets...

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September 14, 2016

“Double Trouble” – Population Institute’s Report on Zika & Reproductive Health

September 14, 2016 — New Zika Report: Women in Areas Most at Risk Have the Least Access to Reproductive Health See: As Congress prepares to pass a much needed funding bill to fight the Zika outbreak, a new report by Population Institute, Double Trouble, shows that there...

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September 13, 2016

High Powered Catholics Debunk Humanae Vitae, Seek Further Support

September 13, 2016 — Scholars’ Statement on the Ethics of Using Contraceptives See: Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, August 2016 Summary: Neither the Bible nor the biological laws regulating human reproduction offer any evidence either that sexual intercourse must be open on all occasions to procreation, or...

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September 12, 2016

Congestion and Housing Shortages “Symptoms of Success” in Sydney

September 12, 2016 — Sydney population booms and the only way is up and in See: The population of Sydney is surging faster than predicted, putting more pressure on the city’s already-stretched housing and transport needs, new official forecasts show. Described by Planning Minister Rob Stokes as...

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September 9, 2016

Nigeria Facing “A Famine Unlike Any We Have Ever Seen”

September 9, 2016 — Nigeria Facing ‘a Famine Unlike Any We Have Ever Seen’ See: MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to...

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September 8, 2016

Another Look at Pakistan’s Family Planning Mess

September 8, 2016 — Family planning awareness low on government’s priorities See: KARACHI: Over two decades into the practice, Dr Azra Ahsan has noticed that many couples who come seeking obstetric or gynaecological advice are uncomfortable about telling the exact number of children they have. When she...

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September 7, 2016

A World Unprepared: Waves of Youth in Fragile and Unstable States

September 7, 2016 — Here come the young: the next world population boom The population of people under the age of 30 in fragile and unstable countries is going to skyrocket. And the world is not ready for them. See: As tweets and headlines skip from crisis...

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September 6, 2016

Tanzania’s Government Spends 0.00006% of Budget on Family Planning

September 6, 2016 — Investing in the youth to curb poverty See: IN order to realise the opportunity of a demographic dividend, Tanzania must invest in its young people. Access to family planning for young people is key to enabling the requisite shift in the dependency ratio...

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September 2, 2016

Using Entertainment to Raise Awareness of Emergency Contraception

September 2, 2016 — A script-writer walks into a pharmacy… See: “What happened when you went to the pharmacy and asked for emergency contraception?” Melissa surveyed a room full of television and radio writers attending a workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The participants looked around,...

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September 1, 2016

Here We Go Again: The Economist Commissions “Empty Crib” Research

September 1, 2016 — The empty crib See: ALTHOUGH he recently lost his job, T. R. Seshadri is a contented middle-aged man. He rides a Royal Enfield motorbike and plays badminton every day. Two years ago he acquired a small flat on the outskirts of Mumbai, which he...

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August 31, 2016

As IUCN Congress Kicks Off, A Look at “Condoms and Conservation”

August 31, 2016 — Condoms and Conservation: Using Birth Control to Help Save the Planet See: It all began when some women asked for contraceptive advice from a pair of doctors working for a small international research group surveying the oceans in southern Madagascar. At the time, Blue Ventures was...

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August 30, 2016

Integrating Wildlife Conservation and Human Health in Uganda

August 30, 2016 — Network News: Integrating wildlife conservation and human health in Uganda See: The first time I ever went to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park I was 24 years old, as veterinary student. The rainforest was lush and beautiful-unlike anything I had ever seen. And deep within...

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August 29, 2016

High Birth Rates & Poverty Undermine a Generation of African Children

August 29, 2016 — High birth rates and poverty undermine a generation of African children – report See: African children will make up nearly half the world’s poorest people by 2030 if nothing is done to reverse existing trends, according to a report. Despite economic growth, one in...

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August 26, 2016

Meet the “Stupid, Evil” Eco-Radicals Who Want You to Stop Having Children

August 26, 2016 — Meet the “stupid, evil” eco-radicals who want you to stop having children See: A “philosopher” named Travis Rieder has taken “reduce, reuse, recycle” to its logical conclusion. He’s calling for “population engineering.” The thing is: Dr. Rieder has a child of his own. It’s...

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August 25, 2016

Population Reference Bureau Issues 2016 World Population Data Sheet

August 25, 2016 — Want to learn more? Subscribe to our Weekly News Digest for current events on population growth around the globe! 2016 World Population Data Sheet See: (August 2016) The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according...

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August 24, 2016

New Human Footprint Study Confounds Understanding of Human Footprint

August 24, 2016 — Human footprint surprisingly outpaced by population and economic growth See: The global impact of human activities on the natural environment is extensive, but those impacts are expanding at a slower rate than the rate of economic and population growth. This is one key finding...

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August 23, 2016

Ludicrous: South Korea to Spend $34 Billion Annually to Boost Fertility

August 23, 2016 — Budget for birthrate program badly mishandled See: Although the national government spent 151 trillion won ($134 billion) in the past decade to boost the low fertility rates and address the problem of Korea’s aging society, little changed since. In fact, the nation’s fertility rate...

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August 22, 2016

Malawi: Population Growth Amid Poverty, Drought & Felled Trees

August 22, 2016 — Poverty, Drought and Felled Trees Imperil Malawi Water Supply See: DZALANYAMA FOREST RESERVE, Malawi – Out of desperation, soldiers were dispatched to the national forest here last year to defend the capital, Lilongwe, less than 30 miles away. Their mission was not to save...

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August 19, 2016

Without Batting an Eye — NPR Puts “Population Engineering” on The Table

August 19, 2016 — Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change? See: Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many. He’s at James Madison University in southwest...

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August 18, 2016

Family Planning Donors Abandoning Ghana at The Exact Wrong Time

August 18, 2016 — Ghana needs 300,000 jobs annually – World Bank See: Ghana needs to create 300,000 new jobs annually in order to meet its employment needs by the year 2020. This is according to the World Bank’s Senior Country Operations Officer, Dr Beatrix Allah-Mensah who was...

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August 17, 2016

A Girl for a Few Good Cows: The Price of Being Female in South Sudan

August 17, 2016 — Child brides sold for cows: The price of being a girl in South Sudan        See: When the girl was 16, her uncle told her he was taking her to the family village. Excited about the trip, she packed the few things...

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August 16, 2016

The Latest Spasm of Aging Fears: “Historic Reversal” of Populations

August 16, 2016 — The Historic Reversal of Populations See: NEW YORK, Aug 8 2016 (IPS) – It first happened in Italy in 1995.Five years later it happened in six additional countries, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Japan, Portugal and Spain. Today the total number of countries where it has occurred...

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August 15, 2016

Men and Contraception: A Necessary Disruption of the Status Quo

August 15, 2016 — Men and Contraception: A Necessary Disruption of the Status Quo See: James Ngugi is proud of his vasectomy. The father of five lives with his wife Leah and their children in Kayole, a poor section of Nairobi, Kenya. Leah had suffered complications with each...

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August 12, 2016

In Middle East, Temperatures and Populations Soar Apace

August 12, 2016 — An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser See: BAGHDAD – Record-shattering temperatures this summer have scorched countries from Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, as climate experts warn that the severe weather could be a harbinger of worse to...

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August 11, 2016

What Happens When the U.S. Midwest Water Is All Used Up?

August 11, 2016 — What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water’s Gone? See: “Whoa,” yells Brownie Wilson, as the steel measuring tape I am feeding down the throat of an irrigation well on the Kansas prairie gets away from me and unspools rapidly into the depths...

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August 10, 2016

Childfree Living Benefits the Environment More Than Any Campaign

August 10, 2016 — People who don’t have children benefit our environment more than any campaign – it’s time to celebrate them See: The global population is growing rapidly, while the resources we depend on to live are dwindling. If you consider the footprint each person makes on...

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August 9, 2016

A Look at USAID’s Efforts to Boost Contraceptive Uptake in DRC

August 9, 2016 — Contraception Education Comes to DRC’s Markets See: On any given day, Fungurume Central Market in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is filled with women and men, young and old, shopping and selling-bright green cassava leaves, flours of different weights and hues, dried fish...

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August 5, 2016

Population Institute: Call for Entries for 2016 Global Media Awards

August 5, 2016 — 37th Global Media Awards: Call for Entries See: Global Media Awards Category Definitions Best Article: For a journalist or journalists who best discuss family planning or population-related issues in an article or series of articles appearing in printed or online news sources, including magazines....

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August 4, 2016

New Assessment of Contraceptive Availability in Uganda = Trainwreck

August 4, 2016 — Uganda: Rampant Contraceptive Stock-Outs Frustrate Family Planning See: Despite Uganda’s family planning policy being so liberal that it allows all sexually-active women and men to use contraception for family planning without consent from their partners or parents, the rate of contraceptive use is still...

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August 3, 2016

Why Is 99% of Development Not Allocated to Family Planning?

August 3, 2016 — Family planning is a key development goal that needs greater investment See: Family planning is much more than a vital health and human rights intervention (Critical moment for family planning as funds come under pressure, 28 July). Investments in voluntary family planning are also...

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August 2, 2016

As Human Population Grows, Global Biodiversity Continues Its Freefall

August 2, 2016 — The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels See: In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface – including some...

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August 1, 2016

Water Scarcity: Population Growth Trumps Climate Change

August 1, 2016 — When It Comes to Water Scarcity, Population Growth Trumps Climate Change See: One of the findings of the Worldwatch Institute’s Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) suggests it’s not accurate to claim that climate change is at the root of growing water scarcity...

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July 29, 2016

Delaware Works Decisively to Decrease Unintended Pregnancy

July 29, 2016 — Will Delaware Become the Next Birth-Control Utopia? See: Do you want to become pregnant in the next year? It’s a telling question, and one that women of reproductive age in Delaware will be asked at doctor’s appointments going forward, even at primary care providers....

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July 28, 2016

There is No Escape: Nairobi’s Air Pollution Sparks Africa Health Warning

July 28, 2016 — ‘There is no escape’: Nairobi’s air pollution sparks Africa health warning See: A minibus belches black smoke; the lorry behind it in the traffic jam billows white fumes. Eyes smart in the smog as diesel gases from thousands of 10 and 15-year-old vehicles fill...

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July 27, 2016

Opinion: Burundi’s Population Future

July 27, 2016 — Burundi is already consuming double the food it can produce for itself… Two UK based population activists and researchers sent me the following essay on the country of Burundi. Eric Rimmer and Andrew Ferguson were inspired to make this analysis after a discussion with...

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July 26, 2016

Population & Sustainability Network News: PSN Joins FP2020

July 26, 2016 — Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network makes FP2020 pledge to reach 9.5 million women and girls by 2020. See: Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network makes FP2020 pledge to reach 9.5 million women and girls by 2020. The...

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July 25, 2016

Some Smartphones Are Quite Stupid When It Comes to “Fertility Awareness”

July 25, 2016 — Smartphone apps not so smart at helping users avoid or achieve pregnancy See: You might not want to depend on your smartphone app alone to help you avoid or achieve pregnancy, say the authors of a new study. A review of nearly 100 fertility...

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July 22, 2016

Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing?

July 22, 2016 — This article is intended as a report out on the latest release of the two organizations’ annual projections for major agricultural commodities. This report analyses how global and domestic forces are likely to shape agricultural markets over the next decade, while highlighting some of the...

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July 21, 2016

Has Someone Really Suggested a Two Child Policy for Southern Africa?

July 21, 2016 — Climate change goes between the sheets  See: More efforts in the fields and less in the bedroom, is the message from a proposal by SADC responding to the poor forecasts for resources in the region. Within 34 years or by 2050, the region’s member...

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July 20, 2016

Uganda’s Progress on Family Planning: Good Enough Yet?

July 20, 2016 — Progress on Family Planning: Are We Where We Ought to Be? See: To reach young people with reproductive health information, Ruth Nvumenta Kavuma, an educationist, women health rights advocate and former Woman MP Kalangala swears by social media. “You cannot beat it. It works,”...

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July 19, 2016

Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation

July 19, 2016 — Activist takes overpopulation message to China See: When Karen Shragg returned from a trip to China last month, she knew she was advocating for the right cause. The environmental author and manager of Richfield’s Wood Lake Nature Center was addressing the topic of her...

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July 18, 2016

Perceptions of Human Overpopulation: Disavowal and Dysfunction

July 18, 2016 — Perceptions of Human Overpopulation: Disavowal and Dysfunction in Salt Lake City – By Bryna Gallagher See: My research aimed to answer the question “To what extent do Salt Lake City leaders perceive overpopulation to be a driver of environmental degradation?” To contextualize interviewee responses and...

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July 15, 2016

Dr. Bongaarts: “Family Planning Is an Investment in Development”

July 15, 2016 — Family Planning Is an Investment in Development See: Let’s consider the difference between deciding you want two children and deciding you want two TV sets. Both involve figuring costs and benefits relative to income. Both require supplies and expense. Both invoke comments from friends...

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July 14, 2016

How, and When, Will Developing Nations Self-Fund Contraceptive Supplies?

July 14, 2016 — WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: TIME FOR COUNTRIES TO INVEST MORE IN CONTRACEPTIVES See: We are marking the midpoint of the FP2020 initiative by reflecting on the current status of funding for contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa, and what is needed to ensure contraceptive commodity security into the future....

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July 13, 2016

Melinda Gates Comments on Halfway Point of Family Planning 2020

July 13, 2016 — ‘We can provide family planning services for additional 120m women if…’ See: “FAMILY planning is about saving the lives of women and children. Family planning is one of the keys that unlocks the potentials of women and girls. If a girl or woman is...

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July 12, 2016

1/5th of The Great Barrier Reef Died This Spring: A Catastrophe Laid Bare

July 12, 2016 — The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare See: It was the smell that really got to diver Richard Vevers. The smell of death on the reef. “I can’t even tell you how bad I smelt after the dive – the smell of millions...

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July 11, 2016

World Population Day 2016

July 11, 2016 — World Population in Six Eye Popping Charts See: UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today is World Population Day, a day that calls attention on urgent population issues. This World Population Day spotlights the need to invest in teenage girls. Despite strides the world has...

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July 8, 2016

The Financial Times’ Africa Editor Unpacks Rapid Population Growth

July 8, 2016 — Africa’s population boom is both danger and opportunity See: Some events, such as the 9/11 terror attacks or Brexit, change the world overnight. Others do so by stealth. Africa’s population explosion is a stealth event.

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July 7, 2016

Pakistan Misses Family Planning Targets – By A Country Mile

July 7, 2016 — Pakistan misses family planning targets See: ISLAMABAD: After missing family planning targets, Pakistan has failed to control the rapid increase in population at the rate of 10,109 people a day. According to Economic Survey of Pakistan, total population of Pakistan was projected to be...

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July 6, 2016

Excellent New “Population and Sustainability” Journal Hits The Presses

July 6, 2016 — New journal ‘Population and Sustainability’ launched See: Population Matters’ new journal Population and Sustainability has its first issue published this month. The journal aims to act as an interdisciplinary hub for researchers to share their work on the relationship between human numbers and environmental issues. Through...

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July 5, 2016

Important: New Guttmacher Study Corrects “Lack of Access” Myth

July 5, 2016 — New Study Examines Why Women in Developing Countries Who Wish To Avoid Pregnancy Do Not Use Contraceptives Concerns about Side Effects and Health Risks Most Often Cited by Married Women as Reasons for Nonuse See: Sexually active women in developing countries who have an...

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July 1, 2016

Out With “Family Planning” — A Generational Language Gap Builds Steam

July 1, 2016 — Out with ‘family’ planning, in with ‘future’ planning See: In Kenya, the “Future Fab” teen lifestyle brand is taking off. Around the world, young people are rallying around the term “future planning.” And in West Africa, youth ambassadors are mobilizing their peers to...

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June 30, 2016

The Cities of Africa and Asia: Spreading Fast and In Bizarre Ways

June 30, 2016 — The great cities of Africa and Asia are spreading fast, and in bizarre ways See:

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June 29, 2016

An Off The Mark Population Essay

June 29, 2016 — Yesterday, The Guardian published the following well-written, but considerably off-the-mark essay. Apparently this is what happens when you assign an existentially crucial topic to an on-staff software engineer and a “community coordinator” with lot’s of experience in editing social media posts. Specifically, you get...

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June 28, 2016

The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Is An Unmitigated Disaster For Abortion Opponents

June 28, 2016 — The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Is An Unmitigated Disaster For Abortion Opponents See: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a beat down of Texas’ anti-abortion law HB 2. Justice Stephen Breyer’s majority opinion piles facts upon evidence upon statistics to demolish Texas’ supposed justification for...

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June 27, 2016

India Minister: Rich People Should Have More Kids, Boost Population

June 27, 2016 — Note to Chandrababu: Family planning is not about class but about women’s rights and choices Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday asked rich people in the state to have more than one child. See:

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June 24, 2016

Viewer Beware! New Population Film, Misconception, Is Misconceived

June 24, 2016 — Prof. Hans Rosling, the film’s spiritual guru… loves to jazz up data into flashy graphics in desperate attempts to make them spuriously entertaining to laypeople. One thing we can rest assured about: if you create a documentary on population and anoint Hans Rosling as...

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June 23, 2016

The Guardian Editorial: Population Pressures & International Development

June 23, 2016 — The Guardian view on family planning: the unsung human right Millions of women are barred either by cultural taboo, cost or availability from being able to decide for themselves when they have children. Empowering them to take control should be a basic objective of...

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June 22, 2016

In Australia, Rapid Population Growth Causes Stress on Many Fronts

June 22, 2016 — Exceptional rates of population growth are causing stress on many fronts See: For the past 10 years Australians have been subjected to exceptional rates of population growth. Now many voters are losing patience with its effects. During the election campaign both major parties have promised...

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June 21, 2016

Birth Control “Apps” Find Footing Under Political Radar

June 21, 2016 — Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar See: A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new apps and websites now make it possible to get prescription contraceptives without going to the doctor.

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June 20, 2016

A Look at Rural Myanmar’s Desperate Need for Family Planning

June 20, 2016 — Baby blues: rural Myanmar’s desperate need for family planning services Large families in the poorest regions suffer poor health and nutrition, but access to contraception and maternal care is limited See:

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June 17, 2016

E.O. Wilson Asks: Could We Set Aside Half the Earth for Nature?

June 17, 2016 — See: As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since...

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June 16, 2016

“We are Girls, Not Brides” — The First-Ever Anthem to End Child Marriage

June 16, 2016 — Launching “We are Girls, Not Brides”, the anthem to end child marriage on Day of the African Child 2016 See:

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June 15, 2016

As Egypt Simmers, Protesters Warn “Our children will die of thirst!”

June 15, 2016 — ‘Our children will die of thirst’: Egypt simmers as water shortages fuel protests See: Drinking water shortages have left parts of Egypt going thirsty for up to two weeks in the run-up to Ramadan, with popular frustration over the failure of authorities to tackle...

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June 14, 2016

Too Flawed — “Too Few and Too Many: The Looming Population Crisis”

June 14, 2016 — The following blog post, authored by the president of the World Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University, Michael A. Genovese, is a curious mishmash. While recognizing the malign pressure a woefully over-sized human population is putting on the Earth system, Mr. Genovese is also stuck,...

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June 13, 2016

Overpopulation is Pushing Israel Over the Edge, Expert Says

June 13, 2016 — Overpopulation is pushing Israel over the edge, expert says See: In a society that encourages its denizens to heed the biblical call to “be fruitful and multiply,” one American-Israeli expert is saying that its time for a new approach. Dr. Alon Tal, founder of...

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June 10, 2016

Meanwhile, In India: Family Planning Beyond Sterilization

June 10, 2016 — Family Planning Beyond Sterilization in India See: With a population of 1.3 billion and counting, India is predicted to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by 2022, according to a recent U.N. report. Despite the government’s long-standing goal to achieve population stabilization, India is...

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June 9, 2016

LTE: Population and food supply

June 9, 2016 — LTE: Population and food supply See: Despite accusations that Filipino president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is a dictator in the making (27 May), he has done something worthy. He has attacked the Catholic church for its opposition to contraception; he says, “we have to do something with...

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June 8, 2016

How Will Egypt Rein In Its Explosive Population Growth?

June 8, 2016 — How will Egypt rein in its explosive population growth? Egypt’s population is growing at a rate five times higher than that of developed countries, and twice as high as developing countries, according to the state-run Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).  See:

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June 7, 2016

In Bangladesh, Around 1 Million Unwanted Births Per Year

June 7, 2016 — Country sees 10 lakh unwanted births a year See: Nearly 10 lakh children born annually in Bangladesh are unwanted due to a lack of family planning services and contraceptives, says a new analysis on the Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey (BDHS) 2014. “Here unwanted birth...

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June 6, 2016

Good News: Ohio Successfully Follows Colorado’s LARC Playbook

June 6, 2016 — Push to increase access to IUD, implants is working in Northeast Ohio See: CLEVELAND, Ohio – A statewide effort to increase access to more effective, long-acting birth control options such as intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and implants is starting to bear fruit in...

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June 3, 2016

Going Door to Door: Introducing Pakistan’s “Avon Ladies of Contraception”

June 3, 2016 — The ‘Avon ladies’ of Pakistan selling contraception door to door See: From 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices. “I was told ‘This is sinful’,” Samina says about...

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June 2, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no Muslim family should use contraception

June 2, 2016 — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no Muslim family should use contraception See: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said “no Muslim family” should practice contraception and urged women to have more children. Speaking at an educational foundation in Istanbul on Monday, Mr Erdogan said: “I say...

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June 1, 2016

John Guillebaud: Voluntary Family Planning to Mitigate Climate Change

June 1, 2016 — Analysis: Voluntary family planning to minimize and mitigate climate change See: Simply put, climate change is caused by excessive production of greenhouse gases. As highlighted by the late Professor Tony McMichael, the “cause(s) of the causes” should not be overlooked.1 With climate change already close...

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May 30, 2016

Philippines’ Fireworks: President-Elect Rips Church, Vows Action on Population

May 30, 2016 — Duterte proposes 3-child policy, Pernia affirms family planning See: INCOMING president Rodrigo R. Duterte will aggressively implement the country’s family planning law to push his economic growth agenda, one of his aides said on Monday, in a move that could add to simmering tensions...

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May 27, 2016

Rest in Peace, Ed Barry (1945-2016)

May 27, 2016 — In Memory of Edwin Barry See: The Population Institute honors the passing-and celebrates the life-of a dear colleague, Edwin Barry, who passed away this past weekend after an extended illness. Ed, who received the Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year, worked for the Population Institute for...

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May 26, 2016

Uganda: Why Young People Shun Family Planning

May 26, 2016 — See: Every time Ronald Tibita a Global Health Corps alumni, now working with USAID Assist project in Gulu hears a midwife tell a mother, “Marie Stopes pe” (meaning ‘implants supplied by Marie Stopes, have run out) he is saddened. He is disappointed that yet...

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May 25, 2016

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

May 25, 2016 — Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds See: Nairobi, 19 May 2016 – The environmental change sweeping the world is occurring at a faster pace than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the damage being done...

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May 24, 2016

New Food Price Report Shows Massive Risk from Population, Climate

May 24, 2016 — China and India’s GDP Will Be Hit Hardest by Global Food Price Shock See: London 18 May 2016 – If global food prices double then China could lose $161 billion in GDP and India could lose $49 billion, according to a new report released...

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May 23, 2016

The US Spent $1.4 Billion Telling Africa to Abstain From Sex: It Didn’t Work

May 23, 2016 — See: The United States has spent $1.4 billion over the last decade on promoting abstinence in Africa as a way to slow the spread of HIV. It hasn’t helped, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs, and may be causing more...

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May 19, 2016

A Rare Population Op-Ed From Saudi Arabia

May 19, 2016 — Defusing the population bomb See: Countries face many challenges to achieve its development goals. Some of those challenges are tangible and could be overcome by putting in a little extra effort. But there are some challenges that take time and need collective efforts to...

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May 19, 2016

Even Tiny Mauritius Vulnerable to Aging Population Fears

May 19, 2016 — Innovative solutions required to reverse downward trend of fertility rate, states Health Minister See:,-states-Health-Minister.aspx “We have to come up with innovative solutions and new means and ways to reverse the downward trend of the fertility rate which currently stands at 1.4, that is under...

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May 18, 2016

The Recent Global Abortion Rate Study & Unmet Need for Contraception

May 18, 2016 — Unmet need for abortion and woman-centered contraceptive care See: The world is in the midst of a major shift from large families to small. In the last 25 years, the average number of children born per woman has dropped by 1·2 in response to...

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May 17, 2016

It’s Time for Economists to Accept Japan’s Population Decrease

May 17, 2016 — Time for Japan to accept the consequences of a shrinking population See: The population of Japan peaked in 2008 at 128 million. With the fertility rate – or births per woman – falling below 1.5 at the beginning of the 1990s and falling as...

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May 16, 2016

Sahel-Bangladesh Knowledge Exchange on Population Policy

May 16, 2016 — Sharing BD population knowledge with Sahel countries See: Amid much expectations and liveliness, a  week-long international conference titled ‘Sahel-Bangladesh Knowledge Exchange on Population Policy and Reproductive Health’ kicked off at Hotel Lake Shore at Gulshan area in the capital on Saturday afternoon.

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May 13, 2016


May 13, 2016 — EAST LOS HIGH SOARS WITH BEHIND THE SCENES STARS: CELEBRATING FIVE EMMY NOMINATIONS AND UPCOMING SEASON FOUR See: In three short years, East Los High has proven that top-notch Hollywood entertainment can also improve people’s lives. In addition to one million unique visitors drawn to...

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May 12, 2016

Ocean’s Oxygen Starts Running Low

May 12, 2016 — Ocean’s Oxygen Starts Running Low Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.  See: Climate change is doing more than warming the world’s oceans. It’s also making it harder for marine life to...

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January 13, 2016

Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania

January 13, 2016 — Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania See original/source content: As people around the world celebrate the remarkable Paris Agreement to address climate change, there’s a genuine opportunity for countries to act on their financial pledges to help the world...

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January 12, 2016

Population growth in Africa: grasping the scale of the challenge

January 12, 2016 — Population growth in Africa: grasping the scale of the challenge See original/source content: The last 100 years have seen an incredible increase in the planet’s population. Some parts of the world are now seeing smaller increments of growth, and some, such as Japan, Germany,...

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January 11, 2016

In Latin America, Average Fertility Declines Mask Socio-Economic Disparities

January 11, 2016 — In Latin America, an exception to falling birthrates draws new scrutiny Dramatic progress has masked the fact that poor communities are lagging far behind wealthier ones in controlling family size – perpetuating inequality. See: MEXICO CITY; AND RIO DE JANEIRO – Like most of her...

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January 8, 2016

America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade

January 8, 2016 — America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade See original/source content: The Population Institute this week is releasing its annual 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, and it is not an encouraging report. It is, in fact, alarming. Nineteen states received a failing...

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January 7, 2016

Filipino Congress Completely Defunds Contraceptive Budget – $0.00, Nada, Nothing

January 7, 2016 — EDITORIAL – 104 million and growing See original/source content: The Supreme Court has given the go-signal for the implementation of Republic Act 10354, or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. It will take years, however, before the full impact of the...

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January 6, 2016

Exposing the Population Taboo in Mainstream Science

January 6, 2016 — “Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population See: As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a...

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January 5, 2016

Looking At Peru’s Sterilization Scandal, Circa 1996-2000

January 5, 2016 — Peru’s forcibly sterilised women find their voice See original/source content: “I was forced to get sterilised while giving birth,” says one woman from the district of Zurite in northern Peru. “The nurses were insistent and telling me to get sterilised, that ‘you have several...

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January 4, 2016

Hunger threatens millions as El Niño causes drought and floods

January 4, 2016 — Hunger threatens millions as El Niño causes drought and floods Aid agencies call for urgent action as failed harvests, stunted crops and soaring prices trigger widespread food shortages in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia See original/source content: Aid agencies have warned that tens of...

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January 1, 2016

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December 31, 2015

The 50 Year History of International Family Planning Assistance from the USA

December 31, 2015 — 50 YEARS OF US INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING ASSISTANCE See original/source content: In 2015, the U.S. government commemorates the 50th anniversary of its involvement in providing population, family planning, and reproductive health assistance. It is no coincidence that PAI was founded in 1965, the same...

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December 30, 2015

Revisiting Nature’s Recent “Population Myth” Article

December 30, 2015 — The science myths that will not die: Responses See original/source content: By declaring overpopulation to be a “myth”, Ms Scudellari has put forward an astonishing and empirically false claim: that not only our current numbers are not a problem, that no amount of foreseeable...

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December 29, 2015

Letter From Africa: What Can Ghana Learn From Norway?

December 29, 2015 — Letter from Africa: What can Ghana learn from Norway? See original/source content: My visit to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer a few weeks ago reaffirmed my conviction that the Scandinavians really are a class act. Those who follow these things would remember that Lillehammer...

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December 28, 2015

The United States: Population Grew by 6,880 Per Day in Last 12 Months

December 28, 2015 — North Carolina Becomes Ninth State With 10 Million or More People, Census Bureau Reports See original/source content: By adding an average of 281 people per day during the last year, North Carolina’s population crossed the 10 million mark, making the state the ninth in...

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December 25, 2015

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December 24, 2015

Nature, The Science Journal, Publishes Terribly Edited Article on Population

December 24, 2015 — The science myths [sic] that will not die False beliefs and wishful thinking about the human experience are common. They are hurting people – and holding back science. See original/source content: Myth 5: The human population is growing exponentially (and we’re doomed) Fears about...

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December 23, 2015

New Survey: Most Australians Don’t Want Population Growth

December 23, 2015 — Results of a significant survey showing that most Australians (a clear 51%) do not want population growth have been released today. Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) president, Sandra Kanck, says this new survey sheds light on an increasingly controversial topic. ‘We now have solid evidence...

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December 22, 2015

Confirmed: Egypt’s Fertility Rate Now Higher Than UN High Variant Projection

December 22, 2015 — Family Planning and Contraception in Egypt See original/source content: Just how much do Egyptians care about family planning and safe sex? The 2015 Egypt Health Issues Survey has revealed the attitudes towards the use of contraceptives and family planning in Egypt. According to the...

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December 21, 2015

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: A Population & Emissions Roundtable

December 21, 2015 — Climate: Just one more reason for Africa to slow its population growth See original/source content: There are those who perceive any effort to limit population growth as “population control.” This is a term that chillingly evokes coercive state intervention to control individual reproductive behavior....

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December 18, 2015

Phytoplankton Going Belly Up, Sending Global Fish Stocks Into Decline

December 18, 2015 — Fish Stocks Are Declining Worldwide, And Climate Change Is On The Hook See: For anyone paying attention, it’s no secret there’s a lot of weird stuff going on in the oceans right now. We’ve got a monster El Nino looming in the Pacific. Ocean...

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December 17, 2015

Nigerian Parliamentarian Pushes for Population Policy

December 17, 2015 — Nigerian Parliamentarian Pushing for New Population Policy Cites PRB Data As Evidence See original/source content: (December 2015) In late November, Nigerian parliamentarian Babatunde Gabriel Kolawole spoke in the National Assembly and implored his colleagues to come up with a viable policy to “curb the...

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December 16, 2015

World Bank Warns of a Looming Urban Housing Crisis in Africa

December 16, 2015 — World Bank warns of a looming urban housing crisis See original/source content: The report dubbed, ‘Stocktaking of the Housing Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa’ notes that the continent faces a major housing crisis due to rapid urbanization and a growing slum population. “Adequate quality housing is...

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December 15, 2015

The Economist Prints a Flawed But Decent Study of Africa’s Population

December 15, 2015 — The young continent With fertility rates falling more slowly than anywhere else, Africa faces a population explosion See: ON A trolley in a government clinic in rural Ethiopia lies Debalke Jemberu. As a medic and a nurse winkle the sperm-carrying tubes out of his...

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December 14, 2015

Latin America & Caribbean: Population & Environment Linkages

December 14, 2015 — High Rates of Unintended Pregnancy Even as Fertility Falls: Population, Contraception, and Research in Latin America and the Caribbean See original/source content: The population of Latin America and the Caribbean has nearly quadrupled since the mid-20th century, from 169 million in 1950 to 634...

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December 11, 2015

Population Institute Announces the Winners of the 2015 Global Media Awards

December 11, 2015 — Zoe Schlanger and Elijah Wolfson will be awarded Best Article for a Newsweek series called “Silver Bullets,” which proposed seven big solutions for seven of the world’s most complex problems. Schlanger and Wolfson’s piece was entitled “How to Defuse the Population Bomb“. Their article...

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December 10, 2015

Leading Catholic Cardinal Realizes Birth Control Can Help on Climate

December 10, 2015 — COP21: Cardinal says birth control may offer climate ‘solution’ See original/source content: One of the Catholic Church’s most senior prelates has said that birth control could “offer a solution” to the impacts of climate change. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Pope’s leading adviser on...

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December 9, 2015

Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 1943 – 2015

December 9, 2015 — Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 72, one of the Earth’s foremost conservationists, died today following a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera in Chilean Patagonia. Through charitable organizations he and his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, founded, the Tompkinses have acquired roughly 2.2 million acres of conservation...

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December 8, 2015

India: Family Planning and the Population Dilemma

December 8, 2015 — India: Family Planning and the Population Dilemma See original/source content: Sonia Devi rested on a blanket on the packed dirt ground outside her thatched home in a village in the Begusarai district of Bihar. Her two-month-old daughter, Lovely, slept next to her, while her...

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December 7, 2015

Getting the Message “OVER”: Natural Resource Allocations in an Overpopulated World

December 7, 2015 — Getting the Message “OVER”: Natural Resource Allocations in an Overpopulated World See original/source content: By Joe Bish On Wednesday, November 25th, Andy Revkin, senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University, and Dot Earth blogger for the New York Times, decided to use the impending madness of...

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December 4, 2015

Development Corridors Will Slice, Dice & Frack Over Africa’s Protected Areas

December 4, 2015 — African Development Could Spell Environmental Catastrophe See original/source content: A new study finds the rapid economic development in Africa may have serious social and environmental consequences. Huge investment projects are speeding ahead to address the urgency to expand agricultural production to feed a population...

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December 3, 2015

Premature Deindustrialization?

December 3, 2015 — Premature Deindustrialization See original/source: One of the biggest challenges facing the developed world is static population growth. Japan’s population is actually decreasing. China too, despite its 1.3 billion people, is bracing for a population crisis as it reaps the consequences of its notorious “one...

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December 2, 2015

Imagining a World Without Growth Gives NY Times Writer Nightmares

December 2, 2015 — Imagining a World Without Growth See original/source content: Could the world order survive without growing? It’s hard to imagine now, but humanity made do with little or no economic growth for thousands of years. In Byzantium and Egypt, income per capita at the...

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December 1, 2015

“Women Only Fit to Deliver Children” Statement Proves Plenty of Work To Do

December 1, 2015 — Women only fit to deliver children: Indian Muslim leader See original/source content: A prominent Indian Muslim leader said on Saturday that women could never equal men as “they are only fit to deliver children.” “Gender equality is something which is never going to be...

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November 30, 2015

While in Africa, Pope Francis Should Have Ended the Ban on Condoms

November 30, 2015 — Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms See original/source content: SLATE The St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Homa Bay, Kenya, sits on top of a mountain that overlooks a glistening Lake Victoria. When I visited in mid-November, bookmark-size prayer cards were being distributed...

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November 27, 2015

Turn Your Back on Black Friday: Be a GrowthBuster Instead!

November 27, 2015 — Attack of the Zombie Shoppers 2015 – Free Black Friday Screening See:

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November 26, 2015

PMC and CBD Dress Down the Monbiot Turkey

November 26, 2015 — Human Ponzi scheme of population growth can’t go on for ever See: George Monbiot ( There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you’re thinking of, 20 November) is right to point out the devastating impacts of expanding livestock operations around the...

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November 25, 2015

Attention COP21: $1 for Family Planning Saves 1 Ton of Carbon Emissions

November 25, 2015 — $1 spent on family planning saves one ton of carbon emissions See original/course content: In the run-up to the Paris climate summit, new research commissioned by Population Matters in partnership with the University of Lancaster, shows that investing in family planning (reducing future energy...

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November 24, 2015

How Demographics Rule the Global Economy

November 24, 2015 — How Demographics Rule the Global Economy See original/source content: Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro meltdown. They are now...

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November 23, 2015

Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?

November 23, 2015 — Mali: The Shape of Things to Come? See original/source content: Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are...

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November 20, 2015

By George, He Still Doesn’t Get It: Monbiot Misleads on Population (Again)

November 20, 2015 — There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you think See: The Guardian This column is about the population crisis. About the breeding that’s laying waste to the world’s living systems. But it’s probably not the population crisis you’re thinking of....

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November 19, 2015

A growing number of governments are seeking to raise birth rates

November 19, 2015 — Analysis: More Countries Want More Babies See original/source content: NEW YORK, Nov 17 2015 (IPS) – Concerned with the consequences of demographic decline and population ageing, especially with respect to economic growth, national defence and pensions and health care for the elderly, a growing number...

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November 18, 2015

In Ghana, It Now Appears the Total Fertility Rate is Rising

November 18, 2015 — Improving Family Planning uptake in Ghana See original/source content: Stakeholders working to promote Family Planning (FP) in Ghana have made several recommendations to strengthen ongoing efforts at influencing increased FP uptake in the country. The recommendations include broad strategies that are expected to reinforce...

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November 17, 2015

Family planning: It’s time to invest

November 17, 2015 — Family planning: It’s time to invest See original/source content: When the International Conference on Family Planning – scheduled to take place in Indonesia this week – was postponed by the eruption of Mount Rinjani and a subsequent ash cloud, the news was met first with disappointment,...

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November 16, 2015

Good, But Needs Improvement: “Family Planning 2020” Issues Report Card

November 16, 2015 — Unprecedented Number of Women, Girls Using Modern Contraceptives in World’s Poorest Countries See: Washington, D.C., 12 November 2015: According to a new report released today by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), more women and girls than ever who want to avoid or delay a pregnancy -290.6...

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November 13, 2015

World Vasectomy Day, 2015

November 13, 2015 — Third Annual Global Vasectomy-A-Thon Livestreams Men Standing Up to Honor Their Families, Their Partners and Our Future See original/source content: Today, men around the world are getting ready to ‘put their balls on the line’ and sign up for World Vasectomy Day (WVD). WVD...

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November 12, 2015

Long Ignored, Population is Taking a Firm Place in Climate Change Discussions

November 12, 2015 — Long in the Background, Population Becoming a Bigger Issue at Climate Change Discussions See original/source content: As most of the world’s governments are puzzling out what they can offer to combat global climate change, a sensitive but critical aspect of the problem is coming...

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November 11, 2015

Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

November 11, 2015 — Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say See original/source content: Last Friday [10/23/15] the U.S. House of Representatives voted (again) to defund Planned Parenthood. Another battle in the ongoing war on Planned Parenthood and abortion. Right? Wrong. If you listen to...

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November 10, 2015

Thanks, Birth Control: New Poll Shows Strong Support for Contraceptive Access

November 10, 2015 — New Poll Shows Widespread Support for Birth Control Access in the U.S. See original/source content: The majority of adults in the United States – Republicans and Democrats alike – support policies that make it easier for teens and those age 18 and older to...

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November 9, 2015

Pakistan Health Minister: Population Growth Problem as Critical as Polio

November 9, 2015 — ‘Population growth problem as critical as polio’ See original/source content: ISLAMABAD: The rate with which the population is increasing is as critical an issue as is polio, said Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar. At a press conference on Monday about the...

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November 6, 2015

The imams, the Taliban and the condom

November 6, 2015 — The imams, the Taliban and the condom – video See original/source content: In Afghanistan, half of all deaths among women aged 15 to 49 are because of pregnancy and childbirth, according to Unicef – and most are preventable. But two imams, Mansour Mahsoom and Najiba...

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November 5, 2015

In West Africa, Myths and Misinformation Block Use of Contraception

November 5, 2015 — Stigma deters young people from accessing contraception in Nigeria See original/source content: Many young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, making it hard for them to access family planning and HIV services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around...

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November 4, 2015

Extinction, the New Environmentalism and the Cancer in the Wilderness

November 4, 2015 — Extinction, the New Environmentalism and the Cancer in the Wilderness See original/source content: The word is in from the wildlife biologists. Say goodbye in North America to the gray wolf, the cougar, the grizzly bear. They are destined for extinction sometime in the next...

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November 3, 2015

Tell The World — What Does Overpopulation Mean to You?

November 3, 2015 — Support PMC’s Giving Tuesday “THUNDERCLAP” This leverages the power of your social media networks to get the #OverpopulationIs message out to a wide audience. See:

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November 2, 2015

As One Child Policy Ends, Tired Old Arguments Drone On

November 2, 2015 — The Observer view on Britain and China’s population challenges Whether it’s an ageing population or a low birth rate, both countries have vital issues to address See original/source content: At first glance, it might seem that the UK and China have the opposite problem...

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October 30, 2015

“One Couple, Two Children” — China’s One Child Policy is Now History

October 30, 2015 — China Abandons One-Child Policy See: China has abandoned its “one-child” policy, according to news reports. The policy was previously relaxed January 2014, but in response to the country’s aging population, the Chinese government has proposed an update allowing two children per couple. China has...

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October 29, 2015

Upside Down: Australian City Paving Farmlands As Food Demand Increases

October 29, 2015 — Urban sprawl is eating Melbourne’s foodbowl See original/source content: If you chomped into a fresh strawberry or asparagus spear at a farmers’ market on the weekend, there’s a very high chance it was grown just a few kilometres away on the city’s fringe. Melbourne’s...

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October 28, 2015

African Lion Populations: No Match for Human Onslaught

October 28, 2015 — Lion Population in Africa Likely to Fall by Half, Study Finds See original/source content: Lion populations throughout many parts of Africa have declined sharply since the early 1990s and are likely to shrink by half again in the next two decades unless a major conservation...

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October 27, 2015

Pictures of Gender Inequity: Banished To The Shed for Menstruating

October 27, 2015 — A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed See original/source content: NPR Kamala B.K. is tiny. She’s barely 5 feet tall. A bright red ribbon sets off her dark hair. As she walks past our guesthouse in the village of Thankot,...

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October 26, 2015

Africa’s Challenging Demographic Future

October 26, 2015 — OpEd: Africa’s challenging demographic future See original/source content: Our planet is expected to have 11.2 billion people in 2100, according to the U.N.’s just-released revision of the medium world population projections. With a 2015 population of 7.3 billion, this represents an increase of 3.9 billion...

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October 23, 2015

Juvenile Destroys Planned Parenthood Clinic in New England

October 23, 2015 — Planned Parenthood office vandalized in Claremont See: CLAREMONT – A juvenile with a hatchet and can of spray paint was arrested inside the city’s Planned Parenthood office Wednesdaymorning in the second act of vandalism there this month. The inside of the office and its...

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October 22, 2015

The Future of Global Development, Mapped

October 22, 2015 — Urbanization, agriculture, and energy could gobble up 20 percent of the world’s remaining natural land by 2050. See original/source content: By 2050, the world’s population is projected to approach nine billion. With more people will come more developed land-a lot more. Urbanization, agriculture, energy,...

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October 21, 2015

Announcing “World Vasectomy Day” 2015 — November 13th

October 21, 2015 — At the risk of losing you, but definitely not burying the lead, please donate to World Vasectomy Day. It’s been 4 years since I uttered the words WORLD VASECTOMY DAY for the first time. I was traveling with Dr. Doug Stein, the main character...

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October 20, 2015

You’re Invited: Join a Nationwide PMC Conference Call Tonight

October 20, 2015 — Tonight, Population Media Center’s Texas Chapter (PMC-TX) is honored to welcome Ms. Sarah Craven as the guest speaker for October’s chapter-sponsored conference call. PMC-TX’s monthly conference calls feature local, regional, and international experts on population size, growth and/or other population-related issues. You are encouraged to join...

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October 19, 2015

In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth — How Will We Feed Them?

October 19, 2015 — In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth — How Will We Feed Them? See: ‘Tis the season of harvest festivals and farmers are celebrating another bumper crop. British farmers have this year twice smashed the record for the world’s highest-yielding wheat...

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October 16, 2015

Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse

October 16, 2015 — Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse See: A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. Published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), marine ecologists...

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October 15, 2015

See You in Court – California Sued by Fake “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

October 15, 2015 — One State Finally Cracked Down on Deceptive Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers See: California on Friday became the only state to target anti-abortion pregnancy centers with a law cracking down on deceptive practices some have used to prevent or dissuade women from having an abortion. The...

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October 14, 2015

Student Essay: Is Africa’s Growing Population a Threat to the SDG’s?

October 14, 2015 — Is Africa’s growing population a threat to the Sustainable Development Goals? See original/source content: Recent estimates of Africa’s population indicate that in less than three generations, 41% of the world’s youth will be African (Ibrahim, 2012). Proponents of population growth postulate that this could...

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October 13, 2015

Unflattering Realization: Humans Worse for Wildlife Than Nuclear Disaster

October 13, 2015 — Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left See original/source content: The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves...

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October 12, 2015

Here and Now: Worldwide Coral Bleaching Episode Underway

October 12, 2015 — The Oceans Are Becoming Too Hot for Coral, and Sooner than We Expected See original/source content: This week, scientists registered their concern that super-warm conditions are building to a point where corals are severely threatened across the tropical Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They did so...

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October 9, 2015

Sunday, October 11th: International Day of The Girl Child

October 9, 2015 — Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages See original/source content: In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages – of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers – in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective...

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October 8, 2015

Population Media Center is Hiring — Apply or Nominate Today!

October 8, 2015 — Job: PMC Executive Vice President. Nominate or Apply. See: Population Media Center (PMC) is seeking nominations and applications for the newly created role of Executive Vice President (EVP).  PMC is an international nongovernmental organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of people...

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October 7, 2015

LA Times Writer Fails to Understand Ramifications of Unintended Pregnancies

October 7, 2015 — Let’s give poor women a real choice on family planning See original/source content: You’ve probably read this sentence, or one like it, many times: If we want to fight poverty, we need to nudge poor women away from having children. It’s an old social...

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October 6, 2015

Palm Oil Fires: Putrid Haze Forces Indonesia to Evacuate Infants & Mothers

October 6, 2015 — Indonesia begins evacuation of infants from haze-affected regions See original/source content: Indonesian officials have begun evacuating infants and their mothers from Riau province in Indonesia as levels of air pollution from peat and forest fires on Sumatra remain hazardous across the region. The Mayor of...

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October 5, 2015

The Forces Preventing Unrestricted Access to Contraception

October 5, 2015 — Why 222 million women can’t get the birth control they need See original/source content: Last month, Stembile Mugore visited a hospital in Togo, where she met a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth to her fifth child. Mugore is an advisor to Evidence to Action,...

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October 2, 2015

Family Planning & Climate Change: Connecting the Two on MSNBC

October 2, 2015 — Family Planning Rights and Climate Change: Connecting the Two Is the Right Thing to Do See original/source content: (October 2015) Jason Bremner, associate vice president of International Programs, and program director, Population, Health, and Environment at the Population Reference Bureau, was interviewed on MSNBC’s Greenhouse....

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October 1, 2015

Going Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals on SRHR

October 1, 2015 — A Lancet Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights: going beyond the Sustainable Development Goals By Ann Starrs, President and CEO of Guttmacher See original/source content: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will define a global development agenda for the next 15 years, [were] formally...

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September 28, 2015

PMC to Tackle Child Marriage in Nepal with New Radio Drama

September 28, 2015 — KENDEDA FUND AWARDS POPULATION MEDIA CENTER $1.4M TO FIGHT CHILD MARRIAGE IN NEPAL See: SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The Kendeda Fund, a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to supporting the dignity of individuals and the sustainability of communities through investments in transformative leaders and ideas,...

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September 25, 2015

Pope’s Dismissal of Population-Climate Connection is ‘Raving Nonsense’

September 25, 2015 — Pope’s climate push is ‘raving nonsense’ absent population concern, says top US scientist See original/source content: One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1...

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September 24, 2015

UN Reviews Development Goals, But (Again) Ignores Population Growth

September 24, 2015 — UN Reviews Development Goals, But Again Ignores Population Growth See original/source content: NEW YORK: As world leaders convene for the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, to reflect on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 and adopt more goals for...

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September 23, 2015

Land Degradation, Measured in Money, Costs $6 to $10 Trillion Annually

September 23, 2015 — World loses trillions of dollars worth of nature’s benefits each year due to land degradation 50 million migrants may be created in a decade See original/source content: To better inform the tradeoffs involved in land use choices around the world, experts have assessed the...

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September 22, 2015

Call for Entries! Population Institute’s 36th Annual Global Media Awards

September 22, 2015 — The Population Institute’s Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues. The award honors those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population and family planning through their journalistic endeavors. See: Guidelines 1. Entries must contain nominee’s complete contact information...

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September 21, 2015

Worldwatch: “Global Consumption Trends Break New Records”

September 21, 2015 — Global Consumption Trends Break New Records See original/source content: Washington, D.C.-From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution,...

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September 18, 2015

How to Restart and Conserve an Ecosystem

September 18, 2015 — How to Restart an Ecosystem See original/source content: By Gregg Carr, September 17th, 2015 When I first flew over Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park in March, 2004, I saw a lush, Eden-like landscape. But I couldn’t pick out a single animal. In the 1960s, the park’s...

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September 17, 2015

WWF Issues Emergency Communique: Earth’s Oceans Dying Rapidly

September 17, 2015 — Failing fisheries and poor ocean health starving human food supply – tide must turn See original/source content: GLAND, Switzerland – Populations of fish critical to human food security are in serious decline worldwide with some at risk of collapse according to the emergency edition of...

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September 16, 2015

A Dennis Meadows Interview: “Growing, Growing, Gone!”

September 16, 2015 — Growing, Growing, Gone: Reaching the Limits See original/source content: The origins of the Club of Rome can be traced back to a keynote speech by Italian industrialist Aurelio Pecci in 1965 at the first meeting of Adela, an investment partnership of banks and multinational...

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September 15, 2015

How will a population boom change Africa?

September 15, 2015 — How will a population boom change Africa? See original/source content: “The statistics give you a certain perspective on the world. You see these grand trends of history through demography, birth and death and when people become married and when they move. “There’s been a...

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September 14, 2015

Women Not Empowered to Control Fertility? Then Ecological Woes Unfixable

September 14, 2015 — If Pope Francis Really Wanted to Fight Climate Change, He’d Be a Feminist See original/source content: If the world consisted only of straight men, Pope Francis would be the world’s greatest voice for everything progressives believe in. He’s against inequality, racism, poverty, bigotry and,...

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September 11, 2015

A Mounting Problem: World’s Cities Belch 10 Billion Tonnes of Waste Annually

September 11, 2015 — The Mounting Problem: World’s Cities Produce up to 10 Billion Tonnes of Waste Each Year, UN Study Estimates –  See original/source content: Inadequate waste management has become a major public health, economic and environmental problem, with 7-10 billion tonnes of urban waste produced each...

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September 10, 2015

Leading Nigerian Paper Confronts the Population Elephant in The Room

September 10, 2015 — STILL ON THE UNCONTROLLED POPULATION GROWTH See original/source content: If the recently released world population figures are anything to go by, Nigeria has a lot to worry about. By all projections, the population of our country is estimated to hit 200 million in the...

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September 9, 2015

Ranking the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries by 2040

September 9, 2015 — Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says See original/source content: Water supplies across the Middle East will deteriorate over 25 years, threatening economic growth and national security and forcing more people to move to already overcrowded cities, a new analysis...

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September 8, 2015

Migrant Crisis? Or Standard Anthropocene Operating Procedures?

September 8, 2015 — The European Migrant Crisis Is A Nightmare. The Climate Crisis Will Make It Worse. See original/source content: The hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving in Europe or dying on the way to its shores could be a harbinger of things to come, researchers and...

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September 7, 2015


September 7, 2015 — WHAT’S SO SMART ABOUT GROWTH? AL BARTLETT See original/source content: World-renowned physics professor Al Bartlett was quick to tell us “smart growth” and “dumb growth” both lead us to the same undesirable end; “smart growth” just takes you there in style. Bartlett penned Laws Relating...

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September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015 — Regarding birth control, judge issues the weirdest anti-Obamacare ruling yet See original/source content: It was clear from the inception that the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling wouldn’t end efforts to undermine the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,...

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September 3, 2015

Tree Population Has Fell 46% Since Start of Civilization

September 3, 2015 — Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought See original/source content: In a blockbuster study released Wednesday in Nature, a team of 38 scientists finds that the planet is home to 3.04 trillion trees, blowing away the previously estimate of 400 billion. That means, the...

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September 2, 2015

DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population

September 2, 2015 — DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population See original/source content: The Democratic Republic of Congo is trying out a large-scale agricultural plan that is, to say the least, ambitious. The government plans to develop one mega-farm of 50,000 to 150,000 hectares per province – producing...

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September 1, 2015

UNFPA’s Executive Director Explains His Game Plan for the SDGs

September 1, 2015 — UNFPA chief: New development architecture will mean adaptation, more cooperation See original/source content: The architecture of the development agenda and how it will be financed has changed, but the U.N. Population Fund is adapting and looking to new partnerships and innovative financing to continue to promote...

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August 31, 2015

Saved By The Checkbook: Colorado Family Planning Initiative to Continue

August 31, 2015 — Foundation pledges of $2 million save Colorado IUD program as fight continues over public funding See original/source content: A Colorado birth control program that has cut unplanned pregnancies and abortions by nearly half since 2009 will stay alive for at least one more year...

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August 27, 2015

Without Humans, The Whole World Could Look Like Serengeti

August 27, 2015 — Without humans, the whole world could look like Serengeti See original/source content: Science Daily In a world without humans, most of northern Europe would probably now be home to not only wolves, Eurasian elk (moose) and bears, but also animals such as elephants and...

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August 26, 2015

A Kenyan Op-Ed: Lamenting the Nation’s Frightening Demographics

August 26, 2015 — Kenya: Demographic Statistics Project Very Frightening Prospects for This Country See original/source content: The United Nations has just released the World Population Prospects (2015 Revision). This is a respected publication that summarises economic, social and environmental data from member countries of the United Nations....

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August 25, 2015

Mirror, Mirror: Whose the Most Destructive Predator of Them All?

August 25, 2015 — The human ‘superpredator’ is unique – and unsustainable, study says See original/source content: If you’re looking for the world’s top “super-predator,” look no further than your own reflection. A new study that examined 2,125 interactions between predators and their prey found that humans kill...

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August 24, 2015

Excellent and Exceptional: A New Essay on Global Population

August 24, 2015 — The Real Demographic Challenge See original/source content: The United Nations’ latest population projections suggest that Japan’s population could fall from 127 million today to 83 million by 2100, with 35% of the population then over 65 years old. Europe and other developed economies are aging as...

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August 21, 2015

This Guy Deserves a Medal: Leading Family Planning Efforts in Pakistan

August 21, 2015 — Pakistan: A Tough but Vital Place to Do Family Planning See original/source content: A couple of years ago, I was traveling in the rural areas of Sindh Province in Pakistan and met a woman who had six children. Her resources were so meager that...

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August 20, 2015

Semi-Successfully, Filipino Anti-Choice Movement Fights Rearguard Battle

August 20, 2015 — Why do some pro-life groups hate women so much? Did you know that Sorsogon has an executive order declaring itself a ‘pro-life’ city, hence banning modern contraception? See original/source content: It has been said that the devil is in the details – like the...

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