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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: http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/102575-pro-life-groups-women It has been said that the devil is in the details – like the...

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August 19, 2015

Population Growth and Intense Heat Push Texas Power Grid to Limits

August 19, 2015 — High Temps, Population Growth Push ERCOT to Demand Records See original/source content: http://www.rtoinsider.com/ercot-demand-records-17050/ It had been four years since ERCOT last set a new demand record, but the Texas grid has been making up for lost time since August began. In the last two weeks,...

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August 18, 2015

Tanzania Wildlife District Implements Family Planning as Conservation Strategy

August 18, 2015 — Population growth threatens wildlife in northern Tanzania See original/source content: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6631847/2015/08/16/africa-focus-population-growth-threatens-wildlife-northern-tanzania ARUSHA, Tanzania, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — Northern Tanzania’s conservationists have embarked on a family planning education program to address rapid population growth for people living outside the Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Secretary of...

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August 17, 2015

Opinions: What if the UK Population Keeps Growing?

August 17, 2015 — What if the UK population keeps growing? See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33882577 The UK population grew by almost half a million last year to 64,596,800. What might happen if it continues to increase? Since the end of the 1990s the UK has been experiencing a population...

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August 14, 2015

Food production shocks ‘will happen more often because of extreme weather’

August 14, 2015 — Food production shocks ‘will happen more often because of extreme weather’ See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/14/food-production-shocks-will-happen-more-often-extreme-weather Major “shocks” to global food production will be three times more likely within 25 years because of an increase in extreme weather brought about by global warming, warns a new...

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August 13, 2015

August 13th is Earth Overshoot Day this year

August 13, 2015 — August 13th is Earth Overshoot Day this year Carbon emissions continue pushing the Ecological Footprint further above the planet’s annual budget See original/source content: http://www.overshootday.org/newsroom/press-release-english (OAKLAND, CA, USA) – AUGUST 12, 2015 -In less than eight months, humanity has used up nature’s budget for the entire...

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August 12, 2015

Earth’s New Normal Shows There is No More “Normal”

August 12, 2015 — The New Climate “Normal”: Abrupt Sea Level Rise and Predictions of Civilization Collapse See original/source content: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32131-the-new-climate-normal-abrupt-sea-level-rise-and-predictions-of-civilization-collapse We know things are a bit “off” when a rainforest is on fire. Over 400 acres of the Queets Rainforest, located in Olympic National Park in Washington State,...

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August 11, 2015

A suggested correction to the recent UNDESA (2015) World Population Prospects report.

August 11, 2015 — A suggested correction to the recent UNDESA (2015) World Population Prospects report. By Randolph Femmer Letter to the Director, John Wilmouth: Page two of the new World Population Prospects report offers the following statement:  “Currently, world population continues to grow….” (a useful and commendable...

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August 10, 2015

Using Population, Health & Environment Programs To Help Meet the SDG’s

August 10, 2015 — The SDGs Are All About Integration – Good Thing PHE Programs Have Been Doing That for Years See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2015/08/sdgs-integration-good-phe-programs-years/   Last week, the United Nations concluded one of the last negotiations on the road to adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in September. We’ve...

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August 7, 2015

How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood

August 7, 2015 — How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/opinion/how-to-really-defend-planned-parenthood.html   WHY does the pro-choice movement so often find itself in a defensive crouch?   I cringed as I watched Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, apologize in a YouTube video last month for the lack...

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August 6, 2015

Will Bangladesh Continue On With Its Family Planning Success?

August 6, 2015 — Family planning programmes lose momentum in Sreepur  See original/source content: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/aug/03/family-planning-programmes-lose-momentum-sreepur   Family planning programmes in different unions of Gazipur’s Sreepur upazila have slowed down, with designated workers facing the allegation of selling family planning equipment meant to be distributed free of charge.   A...

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August 5, 2015

Interview: Why Do the SDG’s Not Include A Population Target?

August 5, 2015 — Interview: Why sustainable development goals do not include population target? See original/source content: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/05/c_134481119.htm   UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — Understanding population trends will be important for governments striving to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), expected to be adopted by world leaders in...

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August 4, 2015

The Guardian Issues an Atrocious Editorial on Population

August 4, 2015 — The Guardian view on population control: empowering women may not save the environment   See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/02/the-guardian-view-on-population-control-empowering-women-may-not-save-the-environment#comments   The United Nations has published its latest projections for world population. It predicts that the current 7.3bn people on the planet will reach 8.5bn in 2030,...

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August 3, 2015

Nicholas Kristof Stops to Appreciate Dumbing Down of American Politics

August 3, 2015 — Our Sex Crazed Congress See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-our-sex-crazed-congress.html?_r=0   TO appreciate the dumbing down of American politics, consider this: Conservative Republicans, indignant about abortion, are trying to destroy a government program that helps prevent 345,000 abortions a year.   Inevitably in politics there are good...

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July 31, 2015

Family planning helps refugees put their families, futures first

July 31, 2015 — Family planning helps refugees put their families, futures first  See original/source content: http://www.unfpa.org/news/family-planning-helps-refugees-put-their-families-futures-first BARATUKU/KIRYADONGO, Uganda – Two brave South Sudanese refugees are defying expectations and speaking frankly about their decision to use family planning. After surviving conflict and enduring a perilous journey to Uganda, they...

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July 30, 2015

Global population set to hit 9.7 billion people by 2050

July 30, 2015 — Global population set to hit 9.7 billion people by 2050 despite fall in fertility See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jul/29/un-world-population-prospects-the-2015-revision-9-7-billion-2050-fertility Despite a continuing slowdown in the rate of population growth, it is “almost inevitable” that the number of people on the planet will rise from 7.3 billion...

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July 28, 2015

Only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s famed Sundarbans forest

July 28, 2015 — See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/27/only-100-tigers-left-in-bangladeshs-famed-sundarbans-forest   Only around 100 tigers remain in Bangladesh’s famed Sundarbans forest, far fewer of the endangered animals than previously thought, according to a census. Some 440 tigers were recorded during the previous census in 2004 in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest...

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July 27, 2015

Study is first to measure global population-energy relationship

July 27, 2015 — Study is first to measure global population-energy relationship See original/source content: http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/unltoday/article/study-is-first-to-measure-global-population-energy-relationship/ If you’ve lived between the year 1560 and the present day, more power to you. Literally. That’s one of several conclusions reached by University of Nebraska-Lincoln ecologist John DeLong, who has co-authored the...

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July 24, 2015

Even in India, Population = The Forgotten Problem

July 24, 2015 — Population: The forgotten problem See original/source content: http://www.asianage.com/columnists/population-forgotten-problem-208 In all the recent activity that we have witnessed on the economic front, representing a continuous attempt to free the economy from the clutches of red-tape, statism and rampant bureaucracy, there is one factor which finds no...

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July 23, 2015

Rapid Population Growth Could Destabilize These Countries In The Next 30 Years

July 23, 2015 — A Population Explosion Could Destabilize These Countries In The Next 30 Years Forty nations-many of the world’s poorest-may double or even triple their numbers over the coming decades. The best answer? Contraception education. See: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3048768/a-population-explosion-could-destabilize-these-countries-in-the-next-30-years There’s a stark demographic divide in the world. On one...

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July 22, 2015

50 Years of Family Planning at USAID: Successes, Political Challenges, and Future Directions

July 22, 2015 — 50 Years of Family Planning at USAID: Successes, Political Challenges, and Future Directions See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2015/07/50-years-family-planning-usaid-successes-political-challenges-future-directions/ Since President Lyndon B. Johnson created the USAID population program in 1965, it has evolved in tandem with the global discourse on population and demography. “The agency’s family...

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July 21, 2015

The #CrowdedPlanet Campaign

July 21, 2015 — The #CrowdedPlanet Campaign See original/ source content: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/crowded_planet/index.html More than 7.2 billion people live on the planet today. As that number grows, at a rate of 227,000 people every day, animals from bees to black bears are feeling the crunch. Everywhere we live –...

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July 20, 2015

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

July 20, 2015 — When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it. See original/source content: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a36228/ballad-of-the-sad-climatologists-0815/ The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to...

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July 17, 2015

Population Aware Conservationists Ask: Could the Pill Save the Polar Bear?

July 17, 2015 — Could the Pill save the polar bear? See original/source content: https://theconversation.com/could-the-pill-save-the-polar-bear-44401 Conservationists tend to spend their time worrying about protecting forests, catching poachers or keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. But all these things (and more) are driven by humans. Given that it’s easier and cheaper...

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July 16, 2015

Yet Another Planetary Five Alarm Fire Bell

July 16, 2015 — Continued destruction of Earth’s plant life places humans in jeopardy See original/source content: SCIENCE DAILY Unless humans slow the destruction of Earth’s declining supply of plant life, civilization like it is now may become completely unsustainable, according to a paper published recently by University...

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July 15, 2015

In Zimbabwe, Mudede steps up bizarre campaign

July 15, 2015 — Mudede steps up bizarre campaign See original/source content: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/07/08/mudede-steps-up-bizarre-campaign-2/ Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede has warned women against using modern birth control methods, claiming they caused the birth of children with several deformities, large heads, as well obesity in women. Mudede instead says women should stick...

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July 14, 2015

Humanity has become a planetary arsonist

July 14, 2015 — Burning down the house See original/source content: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-07-11/burning-down-the-house Picture the street where you live. Now imagine that a building in your neighborhood bursts into flame and burns to the ground. Day after day, the calamity is repeated.   With safety and livelihoods at risk, people...

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July 13, 2015

84% of World Population Lives at or Below U.S. Poverty Line

July 13, 2015 — Pew: 84% of world population lives at or below U.S. poverty line  See original/source content: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pew-84-of-world-lives-at-or-below-u.s.-poverty-line/article/2567908 Eighty-four percent of the world’s population had less than $20 to spend daily in 2011, an amount that puts them at or below the U.S. poverty line, reports a...

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July 9, 2015

With Population Expanding Rapidly, Men in Uganda Resist Family Planning

July 9, 2015 — Rural men resist family planning See original/source content: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/670498-rural-men-resist-family-planning.html Most men in rural areas still refuse their wives to use family planning methods claiming that they may make them too fat or thin and also make them bleed for longer days during their menstrual periods....

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July 8, 2015

Birth Control: Why Zambian Single Women Reject Family Planning

July 8, 2015 — Birth Control: Why Zambian Single Women Reject Family Planning See original/source content: http://herzimbabwe.co.zw/2015/06/birth-control-why-zambian-single-women-reject-family-planning/ Last year I was part of a team that conducted a focus group discussion on family planning and abortion with young women in Zambia. As you can imagine, it was an amazing...

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July 6, 2015

Dakota Oil Boom Demonstrates Dysfunction of Rapid Population Growth

July 6, 2015 — Williston sewage lagoon overtaxed by growing population See: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/3779550-williston-sewage-lagoon-overtaxed-growing-population Williston’s sewage lagoon system can’t handle the city’s expanding population and concerns are growing about the impact it’s having on the backwaters of the Missouri River and headwaters of Lake Sakakawea. Six fish kills have been...

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July 3, 2015

How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?

July 3, 2015 — How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People? See original/source content: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150701-hunger-food-agriculture-population-ngbooktalk/ By 2040, the world’s population is predicted to rise to nine billion. That means two billion more mouths to feed. Even now, the earth groans under the weight of those numbers....

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July 2, 2015

One-third of world’s people still have no proper toilets

July 2, 2015 — One-third of world’s people still have no proper toilets See: AP Wire NEW DELHI (AP) – Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world’s people who have no access to them, according to...

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July 1, 2015

UK population increases by 500,000, official figures show

July 1, 2015 — UK population increases by 500,000, official figures show See: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33266792 The UK population grew by almost half a million last year to 64,596,800,according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. The “above average” increase of 491,100 from mid-2013 to mid-2014 included net migration adding...

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June 30, 2015

Opinion: ‘Laudato Si’ Should Have Lifted the Ban on Contraception

June 30, 2015 — ‘Laudato Si” should have lifted the ban on contraception See original/source content: http://ncronline.org/blogs/grace-margins/laudato-si-should-have-lifted-ban-contraception It’s been nearly a week since the much-anticipated release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Since then, the document’s many beautiful and challenging elements have been justifiably lauded in both the religious...

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June 27, 2015

The biodiversity crisis and the environmentalist left

June 27, 2015 — The biodiversity crisis and the environmentalist left See original/source content: http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article4028 This presentation is… an appeal to Marxist and socialist environmentalists to make the biodiversity crisis — which is genuinely apocalyptic — far more central to their analysis of the overall ecological crisis than has...

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June 26, 2015

‘Abortion drone’ to fly pills across border into Poland

June 26, 2015 — ‘Abortion drone’ to fly pills across border into Poland See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/abortion-drone-border-poland-germany-women-on-waves Women’s rights groups are planning to deliver abortion pills by drone fromGermany to Poland in an attempt to help women in the country terminate their pregnancies safely. The “abortion drone” will carry World...

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June 25, 2015

Zimbabwe: Nothing ‘Wholesome’ About Zimbabwe’s Child Brides

June 25, 2015 — Zimbabwe: Nothing ‘Wholesome’ About Zimbabwe’s Child Brides See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201506240933.html Zimbabwe’s prosecutor general, Johannes Tomana, recently asserted that girls as young as 12 can consent to sex and marriage. In an interview last week, Tomana said marrying off 12-year-olds is a “practical” and “wholesome”...

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June 24, 2015

Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

June 24, 2015 — Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/23/senate-title-x_n_7648282.html A week after the House of Representatives proposed eliminating the entire Title X federal family planning program and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, the Senate proposed keeping the programs, but slashing their funding. The Title...

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June 23, 2015

The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours

June 23, 2015 — The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/21/mass-extinction-science-warning Life on Earth is in trouble. That much we know. But how bad have things become – and how fast are events moving? How soon,...

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June 22, 2015

Pope Francis a liberal free thinker? Don’t kid yourself

June 22, 2015 — Pope Francis a liberal free thinker? Don’t kid yourself See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/20/pope-francis-dogma-birth-control   Dismissing St Thomas Aquinas with his customary succinctness, Bertrand Russell said there was “little of the true philosophic spirit” in the Catholic church’s greatest philosopher. It was not that he wasn’t...

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June 19, 2015

The Papal Encyclical: Taking Umbrage

June 19, 2015 — See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/the-papal-encyclical-taki_b_7612890.html I have never met Pope Francis, so I do not take it personally, but when I read the long awaited papal encyclical on climate change and the environment (“Laudato Si’,” or “Praise Be to You”), I confess to taking a little umbrage. While...

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June 18, 2015

A First Glance: Pope Francis Issues “Environmental” Encyclical

June 18, 2015 — ENCYCLICAL LETTER — LAUDATO SI’ — OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME See: DIRECT DOCUMENT Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate....

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June 17, 2015

New NASA Data Show How the World is Running Out of Water

June 17, 2015 — A third of the world’s biggest groundwater basins are in distress See: http://phys.org/news/2015-06-world-biggest-groundwater-basins-distress.html Two new studies led by UC Irvine using data from NASA Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites show that civilization is rapidly draining some of its largest groundwater basins, yet there is...

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June 16, 2015

Population Institute Report Reveals the Countries Where Population Growth Poses the Greatest Challenges

June 16, 2015 — Population Institute Report Reveals the Countries Where Population Growth Poses the Greatest Challenges See original/source content: http://www.populationinstitute.org/newsroom/news/view/67/ The Population Institute today released a report on how population growth is affecting the development prospects of the world’s most fragile countries.  The report, “Demographic Vulnerability:  Where population...

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June 15, 2015

Rich Californians Balk at Environmental Limits: ‘We’re not all equal…”

June 15, 2015 — Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’ See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rich-californians-youll-have-to-pry-the-hoses-from-our-cold-dead-hands/2015/06/13/fac6f998-0e39-11e5-9726-49d6fa26a8c6_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop_b RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. – Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can...

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June 12, 2015

12,000 Endangered Species Condoms Sent to Venezuela to Alleviate Shortage

June 12, 2015 — 12,000 Endangered Species Condoms Sent to Venezuela to Alleviate Shortage See original/source content: CBD Press Release TUCSON, Ariz.- More than 12,000 free condoms are being delivered to health clinics in Venezuela to help alleviate the condom shortage caused by import restrictions. The condoms are...

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June 11, 2015

Voices for Biodiversity Reviews The OVER Book

June 11, 2015 — Review: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot See original/source content: http://voicesforbiodiversity.org/articles/overdevelopment,-overpopulation,-overshoot The first modern efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of unchecked human population growth were arguably disastrous. Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s 1967 book, The Population Bomb, included projections that proved wildly inaccurate. Though these were modestly presented, with clear...

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June 10, 2015

In Australia: Infrastructure Cannot be Doubled with Population Doubling

June 10, 2015 — Infrastructure cannot be doubled with population doubling See original/source content: SPP Website Australian cities have reached diseconomies of scale: Sustainable Population Party At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australia’s population was 19 million, and will reach 24 million in late 2015. That extra 5 million...

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June 9, 2015

NY Times Can’t Stop: Now Asks “Is Overpopulation a Legitimate Threat?”

June 9, 2015 — Is Overpopulation a Legitimate Threat to Humanity and the Planet? See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/06/08/is-overpopulation-a-legitimate-threat-to-humanity-and-the-planet Click through to see multiple essays.

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June 8, 2015

The Too Fertile Crescent: Egypt’s Fertility Rate Starts Growing Again

June 8, 2015 — The too fertile crescent The challenge of Egypt’s rising fecundity See original/source content: http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21653623-challenge-egypts-rising-fecundity-too-fertile-crescent MOTORISTS stuck in the traffic on Cairo’s Salah Salam highway need only look up for a clue to one cause of their misery. Looming above the road, a red digital ticker...

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June 5, 2015

The 50th Anniversary of Griswold vs CT

June 5, 2015 — Some Respect Wanted for Women See original/source content: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/243843-some-respect-wanted-for-women Fifty years ago this week, the nation celebrated a Supreme Court decision that has since had a profound impact on women’s autonomy in this country. The landmark case, Griswold v. Connecticut, legalized birth control (for married people, at...

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June 4, 2015

Aftermath of the NY Times’ Controversial Population Article

June 4, 2015 — Why ‘The Population Bomb’ Bombed See original/source content: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-01/why-paul-ehrlich-s-population-bomb-finally-bombed It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. Any aphorism that gets attributed to both Niels Bohr and Yogi Berra (as well as Samuel Goldwyn, Mark Twain and others), has got to have something...

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June 3, 2015

Key Move: WHO Expands Global List of Postpartum Birth Control Options

June 3, 2015 — WHO expands list of recommended birth control options See original/source content: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/1/who-expands-birth-control-options-for.html The World Health Organization on Monday added a series of long-acting, hormonal contraceptives to the list of globally recommended birth control methods, which will significantly reduce mothers’ risk of dying during childbirth, experts say.  ...

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June 2, 2015

NY Times Sets Bar for Public Discourse at New Record Low

June 2, 2015 — The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/01/us/the-unrealized-horrors-of-population-explosion.html The second half of the 1960s was a boom time for nightmarish visions of what lay ahead for humankind. In 1966, for example, a writer named Harry Harrison came out with a science fiction novel...

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May 29, 2015

A Closer Look at The “Breakthrough Institute”

May 29, 2015 — Hijacking The Anthropocene How the anti-green ‘Breakthrough Institute’ misrepresents science to advance a technocratic agenda and undermine grassroots environmentalism. See original/source content: http://climateandcapitalism.com/2015/05/19/hijacking-the-anthropocene/ What can lobbyists do when science contradicts their political messages? Some simply deny the science, as many conservatives do with climate change. Others...

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May 28, 2015

As National Birthrate Declines, Malaysians Urged to Make More Babies

May 28, 2015 — As national birthrate declines, Malaysians urged to make more babies See original/source content: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/as-national-birthrate-declines-malaysians-urged-to-make-more-babies   KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 – Putrajaya today called on Malaysians to reverse the trend of declining population growth by having more children, following the projected dip in the country’s birthrate...

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May 27, 2015

Collision Course? A Forming El Niño & The Sahel Region

May 27, 2015 — El Niño Could Bring Drought and Famine in West Africa See original/source content: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/el-nino-drought-west-africa-19028 A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups...

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May 26, 2015

Rights Groups Slam New Burmese “Birth Spacing Law” as anti-Muslim

May 26, 2015 — Burma’s birth control law exposes Buddhist fear of Muslim minority Nationalist monks are behind new powers enabling authorities to ‘organise’ family planning among groups with high birth rates such as Rohingyas See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/25/burmas-birth-control-law-exposes-buddhist-fear-of-muslim-minority Despite fierce campaigning by women rights groups and an international...

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May 25, 2015

Ten U.S. Cities Now Have At Least 1 Million People

May 25, 2015 — Ten U.S. Cities Now Have 1 Million People or More; California and Texas Each Have Three of These Places See original/source content: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-89.html?intcmp=sldr1 San Jose, Calif., is now among the 10 U.S. cities with a population of 1 million or more, according to estimates released...

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May 22, 2015

Study: Global Food Security Increasingly Unstable

May 22, 2015 — Study: World Population-Food Supply Balance is Becoming Increasingly Unstable See original/source content: https://news.virginia.edu/content/study-world-population-food-supply-balance-becoming-increasingly-unstable Researchers report that as the world population increases and food demand has grown, globalization of trade has made the food supply more sensitive to environmental and market fluctuations. This leads to greater chances...

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May 21, 2015

Family Planning & Religion: How Clerics See It In Nigeria

May 21, 2015 — Family Planning And Religion: How Clerics See It See original/source content: http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/05/family-planning-and-religion-how-clerics-see-it/ In Genesis 1:28, there is an injunction of God that says: “Go and multiply and have many children…,” which in essence connotes that married couples should have as many children as they possibly...

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May 20, 2015

In Just One Year: 276,000 Under-Age Girls Married in Iran

May 20, 2015 — In the space of only one year, 276,000 under-age girls were married and 109,000 teenagers gave birth in Iran See original/source content: http://justice4iran.org/reports/276000-under-age-girls-were-married/ Justice for Iran – 14 January 2015:The number of Iranian girls who got married between the ages of 10 and 14 reached...

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May 19, 2015

How FP2020 accelerates progress on MDG 5

May 19, 2015 — Built to last: How FP2020 accelerates progress on MDG 5 See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/built-to-last-how-fp2020-accelerates-progress-on-mdg-5-86107 When the Millennium Development Goals were first conceived, no one could imagine the incredible political and financial commitments they would mobilize from the donor community, country governments and civil society. For...

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May 18, 2015

California Ruling: “Abstinence-Only” Sex Ed Is Not Actually Sex Ed

May 18, 2015 — ‘Historic’ Ruling States That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Isn’t Sex Ed See original/source content: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/05/13/3658139/california-judge-abstinence-only/ In a decision that’s being hailed as “historic,” a judge in California has ruled that health classes focusing exclusively on telling students to remain abstinent until marriage fall short of the state’s comprehensive...

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May 15, 2015

California Builders “Prepare” For Future Water Needs As Population Grows

May 15, 2015 — California Builders Prepare For Future Water Needs As Population Grows See original/source content: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/13/406505126/california-builders-prepare-for-future-water-needs-as-population-grows Under the growing burden of drought, California is struggling to supply enough water to all of the people currently living there. The state is also working on ways to ensure water...

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May 14, 2015

Papua New Guinea’s young women ‘desperate for contraception’

May 14, 2015 — Papua New Guinea’s young women ‘desperate for contraception’ See original/source content: http://www.smh.com.au/world/papua-new-guineas-young-women-desperate-for-contraception-20150509-ggxjvs.html Port Moresby: The pop-up clinic rigged under the palm trees of Port Moresby’s Joyce Bay looks to be a rudimentary concoction of blue tarpaulins and tired tent frames. Half a dozen young women queue...

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May 13, 2015

Can Pope Francis Get the Catholic Church’s Mind Off of Sex?

May 13, 2015 — Can Pope Francis Get the Catholic Church’s Mind Off of Sex? See original/source content: https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/11/can-pope-francis-get-the-catholic-churchs-mind-off-of-sex/ Pope Francis wants to move away from divisive fights over sex, abortion and gay rights. Behind the scenes at the U.N., Vatican diplomats are focusing on little else. August 2013,...

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May 12, 2015

High Desired Family Size: Driving West & Central Africa’s Population Growth

May 12, 2015 — What’s Behind West and Central Africa’s Youthful Demographics? High Desired Family Size See original/source content: New Security Beat Sub-Saharan Africa is often characterized as an outlier in terms of population dynamics and reproductive health. While women are having fewer children around the world, even prompting some...

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May 11, 2015

Developing Countries Lag Decades Behind in Global Education

May 11, 2015 — Developing countries still lag decades behind in global education See original/source content: https://www.studyinternational.com/news/developing-countries-still-lag-decades-behind-in-global-education Despite advances in student enrollment and technology, schools and educational systems in the developing world are still far behind their developed counterparts in terms of performance and retention – a full century...

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May 8, 2015

Among Highly Educated Women in U.S., Childfree Rate Falls & Family Size Grows

May 8, 2015 — Childlessness Falls, Family Size Grows Among Highly Educated Women See original/source content: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/05/07/childlessness-falls-family-size-grows-among-highly-educated-women/ Among women in the United States, postgraduate education and motherhood are increasingly going hand-in-hand. The share of highly educated women who are remaining childless into their mid-40s has fallen significantly over the...

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May 7, 2015

UNDP’s Human Development Report Deems Ethiopia’s Growth Non-Inclusive

May 7, 2015 — UNDP’s Human Development Report Deems Ethiopia’s Growth Non-Inclusive See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201505050099.html Government and UNDP did not see eye-to-eye on the conclusions of the 2014 National Human Development Report, particularly with regard to inclusivity in development. The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) National Human Development...

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May 6, 2015

Family Planning for Health and Development in Senegal

May 6, 2015 — Family Planning for Health and Development in Senegal See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201505042303.html The CSIS Global Health Policy Center produced a new video, A Woman in Guédiawaye: Family Planning for Health and Development in Senegal. The video follows a young woman, Anta Ba, from Guédiawaye, a poor...

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May 5, 2015

Empty Landscapes: Taking Stock of The Great Herbivore Dying

May 5, 2015 — Horribly bleak study sees ’empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/05/04/horribly-bleak-study-sees-empty-landscape-as-large-herbivores-vanish-at-startling-rate/ They never ate anybody – but now, some of Planet Earth’s innocent vegetarians face end times. Large herbivores – elephants, hippos, rhinos, gorillas among them – are vanishing from the globe...

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May 4, 2015

Unrestricted Access to Contraception & the Human-Wildlife Connection

May 4, 2015 — Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seager/birth-control-and-the-human-wildlife_b_7171098.html I’d be lying if I said that much of my time isn’t spent thinking about the connection between population — that is, human population growth — and every facet of life as we know it...

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May 1, 2015

Contraceptive funding dies in Colorado Senate

May 1, 2015 — Contraceptive funding dies in Senate IUD measure killed by GOP-controlled committee See original/source content: DURANGO HERALD DENVER – Republicans on a Colorado Senate committeeWednesday killed an effort to set aside money for a birth-control program that provides intrauterine devices, or IUDs, to low-income, young...

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April 30, 2015

First Glimpses of The Pope’s “Environmental Encyclical”

April 30, 2015 — With Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change Done, Now a Vatican Sales Push – and Pushback See original/source content: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/spin-substance-and-pope-franciss-environmental-encyclical/ The much-anticipated environmental encyclical that Pope Francis plans to issue this summer is already being translated into the world’s major languages from the Latin final...

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April 29, 2015

Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature

April 29, 2015 — Description: Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature See original/source content: http://harmonywithnatureun.org/index.php?page=view&type=12&nr=45 This Dialogue further offers an alternative to current anthropocentric thinking and practice which assumes the relationship among the economic, social and environmental well-being is a trade-off relationship – that one...

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April 28, 2015

Talking About the Ecological Elephant In The Room

April 28, 2015 — Ecological Elephant In The Room? See original/source content: http://www.writersvoice.net/2015/04/tom-butler-over-sara-paretsky-mwa/ Tom Butler of the Foundation for Deep Ecology talks about a gorgeous – and disturbing – new coffee table book of photojournalism, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot. When it comes to environmental catastrophe, whether that means climate change, poisoned water, soil...

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April 27, 2015

Commission on Population and Development Unable to Agree upon Proposed Resolution

April 27, 2015 — Commission on Population and Development Unable to Agree upon Proposed Resolution, Reproductive Rights among Points of Contention See original/source content: http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/pop1041.doc.htm Closing its forty-eighth session this evening, the Commission on Population and Development failed to adopt a draft resolution that had been prepared by its...

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April 24, 2015

Consequential Omissions: How Demography Shapes Development

April 24, 2015 — Consequential Omissions: How Demography Shapes Development See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2015/04/consequential-omissions-demography-shapes-development/ If you were on a mission to improve the plight of humankind, no less, would you care about how many people are living, where they are and how old they are? You probably would, for...

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April 23, 2015

EDITORIAL: Ignorance is not bliss when subject is sex education

April 23, 2015 — EDITORIAL: Ignorance is not bliss when subject is sex education See original/source content: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/04/21/4488262/editorial-ignorance-is-not-bliss.html Once again, Fresno finds itself looking like a third-world nation. This time, it’s news that sex education quietly has disappeared from Fresno Unified School District curriculum. And not only is there...

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April 22, 2015

How to save oceans with contraceptives

April 22, 2015 — How to save oceans with contraceptives  See original/source content: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/environment-oceans-health-foundation-spo-idUSL5N0XD2BJ20150416 OXFORD, England, April 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Velondriake, a remote fishing community in southwestern Madagascar, a quiet revolution is under way that takes marine conservation beyond saving the environment to improving economic opportunities...

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April 21, 2015

The new class of Endangered Species Condoms.

April 21, 2015 — NEW CONDOM PACKAGES See original/source content: http://www.endangeredspeciescondoms.com/packages.html In March we gave you a preview of the new class of Endangered Species Condoms. Now that Earth Day is here, 50,000 of the freshly redesigned condom packages — introducing more species threatened by the pressure of human population growth —...

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April 20, 2015

“Unwanted Pregnancies: Largely a Low Socio-Economic Class Phenomenon”

April 20, 2015 — More babies than we need See original/source content: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/19-Apr-2015/more-babies-than-we-need For a country that shuns sex education on the basis that it erodes moral values, the number of unwanted pregnancies in Pakistan are staggering. According to a 2012 figure by the Population Council, 4.2 million of...

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April 17, 2015

The Hidden Opportunity for Climate Compatible Development

April 17, 2015 — The Hidden Opportunity for Climate Compatible Development See original/source content: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/2015/04/17/hidden-opportunity-climate-compatible-development By December 2015, world leaders will finalize a new global agreement to address climate change. Ensuring that gender issues and population dynamics are adequately considered in the agreement is critical to its success and...

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April 16, 2015

To Date, Kenya’s Rural Birth Rates Defy Family Planning Effort

April 16, 2015 — Kenya rural birth rates defy family planning drive See original/source content: HERE Kenya’s poor rural households have defied the well-oiled birth control campaigns to retain their position as drivers of the country’s rapid population growth, a newly released demographic report says. On average, a...

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April 15, 2015

UN Secretary-General’s message to the Commission on Population and Development

April 15, 2015 — UN Secretary-General’s message to the Commission on Population and Development See original/source content: http://un.org.au/2015/04/14/un-secretary-generals-message-to-the-commission-on-population-and-development/ (Message was delivered by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, in New York). I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at this session of the United Nations...

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April 14, 2015

Troubled Waters: Why Africa’s largest lake is in grave danger

April 14, 2015 — Troubled Waters: Why Africa’s largest lake is in grave danger. See original/source article: SLATE ARTICLE KEREWE, Tanzania-The night is clear and cool, the pale light of the full moon shimmering on the black water of Lake Victoria. As we emerge from the bay and round...

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April 13, 2015

The West Waffles on Family Planning Aid — While Africans Ask For It

April 13, 2015 — Westerners don’t appreciate how amazing contraception is See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/23/westerners-dont-appreciate-how-amazing-contraception-is When Alima was 15-years-old she travelled to the Ghanaian capital to work as a head porter in the market, planning to save money to buy household items for her marriage. But girls working in...

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April 10, 2015

Can Egypt Return to an Era of Smart Population Policy?

April 10, 2015 — Egypt can return to era of good population policies: UNFPA Representative See: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/04/06/egypt-can-return-to-era-of-good-population-policies-unfpa-representative/ Following a visit to Sohag to observe the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) conduct an awareness campaign on family planning, Daily News Egypt met with Jaime Nadal, UNFPA’s representative in Egypt, to discuss population...

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April 9, 2015

Iran: the health cost of a political order

April 9, 2015 — Iran: the health cost of a political order See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62277-7/fulltext This summer, the Iranian parliament began to pass laws for a U turn from a successful birth control policy1 (figure) to a birth encouragement policy that bans permanent sterilisation for the general population and punishes those...

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April 8, 2015

Herman Daly Reviews “Collision Course”

April 8, 2015 — Review of Collision Course (Endless Growth on a Finite Planet) See: http://steadystate.org/review-of-collision-course-endless-growth-on-a-finite-planet/ …Democracy presupposes a citizenry capable of thinking for themselves rather than being misled by propaganda. But with the average family now holding two full-time jobs that are often uncertain, plus raising kids, there is...

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April 7, 2015

California Drought Tests “History” of “Endless Growth” [sic]

April 7, 2015 — California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/us/california-drought-tests-history-of-endless-growth.html LOS ANGELES – For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life – 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and...

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April 6, 2015

OVER Book Goes Viral: BBC, The Guardian, News.com

April 6, 2015 — The Guardian: “Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures.” See: HERE A Popular French Online Magazine: “L’impact de l’Homme sur la planète résumé en 10 images choc.” See: HERE News.com In Australia See: HERE News.com. au was Australia’s number one news site in 2013 and 2014,...

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April 3, 2015

Remembering Our Friend, Searle Whitney

April 3, 2015 — Population Media Center would like to take a moment to honor a good friend and determined population activist who passed away last Friday, March 27th. We first met Searle Whitney at a Population Strategy Meeting in Washington DC, and was fortunate enough to get...

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April 2, 2015

Survey: Young Republicans Support Birth Control

April 2, 2015 — Survey: Young Republicans Support Birth Control See: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/03/31/survey-shows-young-republicans-support-birth-control-obamacare-coverage Though President Barack Obama’s health care law has been a politically controversial, a new survey shows that its provision for birth control coverage may be something both parties can agree on – at least if they are...

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April 1, 2015

Population Pressures on The Land, Families in Burundi

April 1, 2015 — Excerpts: The Blood Cries Out See: http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/03/27/the-blood-cries-out-burundi-land-conflict/ The vast majority of Burundians rely on subsistence farming, but under the weight of a booming population and in the long-standing absence of coherent policies governing land ownership, many people barely have enough earth to sustain themselves. Steve...

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March 31, 2015

Global Population Speak Out Campaign Video

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March 30, 2015

Federal Court Permanently Blocks Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Requirement

March 30, 2015 — Federal Court Permanently Blocks Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Requirement See original/source content: http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/03/23/federal-court-permanently-blocks-wisconsin-admitting-privileges-requirement/ A federal judge on Friday permanently struck down Wisconsin’s admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers, ruling the law was motivated by the improper purpose of restricting access to abortion throughout the state. District Court Judge...

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March 27, 2015

Bill Ryerson’s Introduction to “OVER”

March 27, 2015 — Introduction to Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, by William Ryerson. See: https://populationspeakout.org/the-book/ryerson-introduction/ MOST CONVERSATIONS ABOUT POPULATION begin with statistics-demographic data, fertility rates in this or that region, the latest reports on malnutrition, deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change, and so on. Such data, while useful, fails to generate mass...

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March 26, 2015

The challenge leaders don’t talk about: population growth pressures in NSW

March 26, 2015 — The challenge leaders don’t talk about: population growth pressures in NSW See original/source content: http://www.theage.com.au/nsw/nsw-state-election-2015/the-challenge-leaders-dont-talk-about-population-growth-pressures-in-nsw-20150325-1m7537.html NSW faces one big challenge that has hardly rated a mention in the election campaign: population growth. The population of NSW will increase by about half a million during...

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March 25, 2015

“Complacent Assumptions” on Population Growth Slowing are Proving Wrong

March 25, 2015 — Youth unemployment ‘a timebomb’ in developing countries, UK MPs say See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/mar/24/youth-unemployment-timebomb-developing-countries-committee The world needs to wake up to “the ticking timebomb” of youth unemployment in developing countries and treat the issue as seriously as humanitarian disasters and global efforts to eradicate disease,...

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March 24, 2015

In Support of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Births

March 24, 2015 — Meena’s Story: Triumph to Tragedy and the Call to Action for You and Me in Support of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Births See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gary-l-darmstadt/meenas-story-triumph-to-t_b_6924392.html In celebration of the launch of HarperCollins and Zondervan’s new book — The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our...

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March 23, 2015

Japan’s Aging Should Be Viewed as Achievement, Not Negatively

March 23, 2015 — Q&A: Japan’s Aging Should Be Viewed as Achievement, Not Negatively See original/source content: http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/03/18/qa-japans-aging-should-be-viewed-as-achievement-not-negatively/ With more than half of its population older than 45 years, Japan is the world’s most aged nation. It is experiencing aging at a faster speed than any other developed country,...

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March 20, 2015

Road rage: scientists denounce $60 trillion infrastructure expansion

March 20, 2015 — Road rage: scientists denounce $60 trillion infrastructure expansion See: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0314-gfrn-watsa-scientists-denounce-infrustructure-expansion.html It was 2009 when I first laid eyes on the 2,500 kilometer-long Interoceanic Highway that connects the west coast of Peru with the western Brazilian border – bisecting the entirety of the Peruvian Amazon. Far...

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March 19, 2015

Global dependence on food imports leaves countries vulnerable

March 19, 2015 — Global dependence on food imports leaves countries vulnerable See: http://www.themalaysiantimes.com.my/global-dependence-on-food-imports-leaves-countries-vulnerable/ ROME, Mar 14: Global grain imports have increased more than fivefold over the past half century, stoking fears that countries have become too dependent on the vagaries of international markets for their food, an environmental...

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March 18, 2015

China Is the World’s Largest Contributor to Annual Growth in Natural Resource Demand

March 18, 2015 — China Is the World’s Largest Contributor to Annual Growth in Natural Resource Demand See: GFN Press Release OAKLAND, CA, USA – March 17, 2015 – China is the world’s largest contributor to annual growth in the demand for ecological resources and services and has been...

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March 17, 2015

No Multiplication in Sierra Leone’s Classrooms, as Pregnant Girls Barred from School

March 17, 2015 — No Multiplication in Sierra Leone’s Classrooms, as Pregnant Girls Barred from School See: http://www.eboladeeply.org/articles/2015/03/7540/multiplication-sierra-leones-classrooms-pregnant-girls-barred-school/ Visibly pregnant girls and young mothers will be excluded from completing their education when schools reopen in Sierra Leone later this month, according to a new ruling announced by the Ministry...

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March 16, 2015

An American “Caste System” — Via Cost Barriers to Contraception

March 16, 2015 — Will Unequal Access to New IUD’s and Implants Worsen America’s Economic Divide? See original/source content: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/tarico20150315 Unwanted pregnancy is contributing to a new “caste system” in America. Is that about to get worse? When new and better technologies become available only to people who are already privileged,...

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March 13, 2015

‘God commanded’ family planning, says this Muslim leader in flood-ravaged Malawi

March 13, 2015 — ‘God commanded’ family planning, says this Muslim leader in flood-ravaged Malawi See original/source content: http://kosu.org/post/god-commanded-family-planning-says-muslim-leader-flood-ravaged-malawi For two villages in southern Malawi, climate change and contraception have become intertwined. So much so, that long-held cultural assumptions are starting to change. Sheikh Mosa is chief of one of the villages, Mposa....

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March 12, 2015

Samoan PM slams family planning

March 12, 2015 — Samoan PM slams family planning See original/source content: http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews&m=read&o=106307192154ff9bc54dcd7da5656f Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has criticised the idea of family planning, saying it is “interfering” with population growth. The decision by parents to have fewer children is counterproductive because Samoa needs more people to...

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March 11, 2015

Controversial Opinion: Nature Is Losing The Battle Against Humans

March 11, 2015 — Nature Is Losing The Battle Against Humans See original/source content: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/03/09/nature-is-losing-the-battle-against-humans/   Let’s face it. Nature is losing. The wild places of the world are disappearing, and will continue to disappear, until they are no more. I’m glad I’ll be dead before it’s all gone.  ...

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March 10, 2015

The BBC: “The country training people to leave”.

March 10, 2015 — The country training people to leave See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31762595 When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under way. A squad of uniformed cleaners is poking feather dusters into all corners of the sitting room. In the kitchen...

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March 9, 2015

SOCIAL JUSTICE REQUIRES FAMILY PLANNING

March 9, 2015 — SOCIAL JUSTICE REQUIRES FAMILY PLANNING See original/source content: http://www.populationconnection.org/social-justice-requires-family-planning/   What do poverty elimination, gender equality, and educational and health equity have in common? None of them can be fully realized until everyone around the world has the ability to plan their pregnancies. In other...

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March 6, 2015

Sunday, March 8th: International Women’s Day 2015

March 6, 2015 — International Women’s Day 2015 See original/source content: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60469-X/fulltext The 2015 UN theme for International Women’s Day (March 8)-Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!-envisions a world in which women can exercise their choices, whether that be participating in politics or living in a society free from...

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March 5, 2015

In Uganda, New Population Advocacy Strategy Calls for Communications Experts

March 5, 2015 — Uganda’s population getting out of hand – study See original/source content: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/665386-uganda-s-population-getting-out-of-hand-study.html A new national advocacy strategy on population calls for smaller families to address the population growth that is running out of hand if Uganda is to attain economic development. The report notes that...

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March 4, 2015

Population & the U.N. at Age 70: Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration

March 4, 2015 — UN at 70: Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration See original/source content: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/02/analysis-mega-cities-mortality-and-migration-a-snapshot-of-post-u-n-world-population/ UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) – As the international community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, one question worthy of some reflection is: Is world population better or worse...

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March 3, 2015

PNAS Study: Climate, Population Helped Spark Syrian Conflict

March 3, 2015 — Did climate change spark 2011 Syrian uprising? See original/source content: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/did-climate-change-spark-2011-syrian-uprising-115030300212_1.html A new study has said that a record drought, stoked by ongoing manmade climate change that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 may have sparked the 2011 Syrian uprising. Researchers say the drought, the worst ever...

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March 2, 2015

Population Action International is Gone, Long Live “PAI”

March 2, 2015 — See: http://pai.org/ PAI is going through some exciting changes. “We’re turning 50 this year, and we’re marking the occasion with a new name, new colors, and a renewed commitment to our mission to meet the contraceptive needs of women around the world. Our new brand...

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February 27, 2015

More New Population Publications For Your Review

February 27, 2015 — In addition to Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, we have had several other population thinkers and authors contact us recently informing PMC of their new population focused publications.   First, Dr. Phil Cafaro, professor of philosophy and faculty member in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability...

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February 26, 2015

A Thirsty, Violent World

February 26, 2015 — A Thirsty, Violent World See original/source content: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/coming-water-wars   Angry protesters filled the streets of Karachi last week, clogging traffic lanes and public squares until police and paratroopers were forced to intervene. That’s not rare in Pakistan, which is often a site of political and...

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February 25, 2015

Population: Four Out of Five Scientists Agree…

February 25, 2015 — Population: Four Out of Five Scientists Agree… See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/population-four-out-of-fi_b_6581188.html A new poll of American scientists suggests that a large majority of them (82 percent) regard population growth as a major challenge, almost as many as those who believe that climate change is mostly due to...

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February 24, 2015

Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal

February 24, 2015 — Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal See original/source content: https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/population-decline-and-great-economic-reversal In recent weeks, we have been focusing on Greece,Germany, Ukraine and Russia. All are still burning issues. But in every case, readers have called my attention to what they see as an underlying and even defining...

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February 23, 2015

Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think

February 23, 2015 — Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think See original/source content: Yale360 McCauley: “It is that transition from harvest to habitat degradation that has us so concerned. We think this is a really transitional event in ocean wildlife health. When we talk about...

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February 20, 2015

Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet

February 20, 2015 — See original/source content: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/limits-to-growth/6088808#transcript “…Although galloping economic growth already seemed normal to most younger people living in the developed world in 1972, the growth that took off after WW2 was not normal. It is absolutely unprecedented in all of history. Nothing like it has ever...

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February 19, 2015

Heartfile population growth documentary inspires action

February 19, 2015 — Heartfile population growth documentary inspires action See original/source content: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-302393-Heartfile-population-growth-documentary The Ministry of National Health Services Tuesday announced its intention to set up an institutional arrangement for the implementation of recommendations contained in ‘The Population Emergency,’ a documentary which features Pakistan’s five decade-long commitment to...

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February 18, 2015

Colorado must retain funding for birth control

February 18, 2015 — Colorado must retain funding for birth control See original/source content: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27520930/keep-funding-birth-control Colorado is at a watershed moment in the battle to end unintended pregnancy, drastically reduce abortion rates, and improve the health of mothers and babies. Long-acting contraceptives like IUDs and implants helped reduce our...

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February 17, 2015

Birth control can help the planet

February 17, 2015 — Birth control can help the planet See original/source content: http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/473949/birth-control-can-help-the-planet As Pope Francis was returning to Rome from the Philippines last month, he told journalists about a woman who had had seven children by caesarean section and was now pregnant again. This was, he said, “tempting...

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February 16, 2015

The Global Population Speak Out of 2015

February 16, 2015 — Population Media Center and the Population Institute, along with many partner organizations around the world — including the Foundation for Deep Ecology — are happy to announce the Global Population Speak Out of 2015. Beginning today and lasting throughout the calendar year, this “Speak...

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February 13, 2015

Foreward by Musimbi Kanyoro, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

February 13, 2015 — Foreward by Musimbi Kanyoro, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot See original/source content: https://populationspeakout.org/the-book/kanyoro-foreword/ WE ARE ONE HUMAN RACE living on one planet. We aspire for the same things: food, water, good health, and most of all dignity and loving relationships. We yearn for opportunity, voice, and resources...

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February 12, 2015

See How Condoms Reach the Most Remote Villages in Africa

February 12, 2015 — See How Condoms Reach the Most Remote Villages in Africa See original/soruce content: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/advice/a6292/condoms-tanzania-pathfinder/ Condoms remain some of the most effective and affordable tools for combating the transmission of HIV, the spread of sexually transmitted infections and the instances of unintended pregnancy. But how do...

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February 11, 2015

Brazil’s Largest City May Soon Have Running Water Only 2-Days Per Week

February 11, 2015 — Deforestation causing São Paulo drought See original/source content: http://geographical.co.uk/places/cities/item/761-deforestation-behind-sao-paulo-drought Water rationing. Power cuts. Crop slumps. The past twelve months has seen Brazil being hit harder and harder by the effects of drought, as first São Paulo, then other regions of the country, struggle to cope...

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February 10, 2015

Modern Birth Control Could Prevent 15M Unwanted Pregnancies

February 10, 2015 — Modern Birth Control Could Prevent 15M Unwanted Pregnancies See original/source content: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/839356 Optimal use of modern contraceptives could avert an estimated 15 of 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies each year in 35 low- and middle-income countries, according to a demographic health survey. Saverio Bellizzi, MSc, from...

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February 9, 2015

Population is one cause of Lake Champlain problems

February 9, 2015 — Population is the cause of lake problems See original/source content: Rutland Herald Thanks for publishing the two perspective columns on “Troubled Water” regarding the cleanup of Lake Champlain in the Feb. 1 edition. Unfortunately, neither Elizabeth Courtney nor James Ehlers addresses the true cause...

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February 6, 2015

Report: Family Planning Is Cost-effective Strategy for Climate, Food Security

February 6, 2015 — Report: Family Planning Is Cost-effective Strategy for Climate, Food Security See original/source content: http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/58896-report-family-planning-is-cost-effective-strategy-for-climate-food-security.html SAN FRANCISCO-(ENEWSPF)–February 5, 2015.  A new report from the University of California, San Francisco’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health states that access to family planning services is a cost-effective strategy to addressing...

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February 5, 2015

Sunderbans, Ecological Jewel, Threatened by Population Size & Growth

February 5, 2015 — ‘Growing Population Threatening Sunderbans’ See original/source content: http://www.indiawest.com/news/india/growing-population-threatening-sunderbans/article_bb1fd84e-ab94-11e4-8ac7-f3fdf5af9825.html Kolkata: The growing population of the Sunderbans – the world’s largest mangrove forests – is exerting extraordinary pressure on its fragile ecosystem, a World Bank report has said. The report, “Building Resilience For Sustainable Development of the...

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February 4, 2015

Religious leaders unite to promote family planning

February 4, 2015 — Religious leaders unite to promote family planning See original/source content: http://www.tribune.com.ng/news/community-news/item/28315-religious-leaders-unite-to-promote-family-planning RELIGIOUS leaders from the two major faiths in Oyo State – Christianity and Islam – have pledged to promote family planning among their faithful, going by the health, social and economic benefits of the...

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February 3, 2015

Center for Biological Diversity Job Announcements

February 3, 2015 — Center for Biological Diversity Job Announcements Population Organizer: The pop organizer will run our Endangered Species Condoms project as well as other campaigns to raise awareness about the connection between population growth and wildlife extinction and advocate for reproductive rights, social justice, environmental protection...

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February 2, 2015

Climate and population are linked – but maybe not the way you thought

February 2, 2015 — Climate and population are linked – but maybe not the way you thought See original/source content: http://grist.org/climate-energy/climate-and-population-are-linked-but-maybe-not-the-way-you-thought/ It’s not a topic that comes up in high-level international negotiations on climate change. Yet who would disagree that when individuals and couples use modern contraception to plan childbearing according to...

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January 30, 2015

Tim Ryan: Why I changed my thinking on abortion

January 30, 2015 — Tim Ryan: Why I changed my thinking on abortion See original/source content: http://www.ohio.com/editorial/tim-ryan-why-i-changed-my-thinking-on-abortion-1.561970 There are many factors involved when a woman decides to end a pregnancy, and over the past 14 years in political office, I have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and...

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January 29, 2015

Egypt convicts doctor, father in first ever FGM trial

January 29, 2015 — Egypt convicts doctor, father in first ever FGM trial An organisation which has long campaigned against FGM dubbed the verdict “historic.” See original/source content: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/121362/Egypt/Politics-/UPDATED-Egypt-convicts-doctor,-father-in-first-eve.aspx A father and a doctor have been convicted for the death of a 13-year-old girl who died after being subjected...

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January 28, 2015

Expert Advice: Beware of “Carbon Humanitarianism”

January 28, 2015 — Excerpt: Carbon Counterattack  — How Big Oil Is Responding to the Anti-Carbon Moment See original/source content: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175940/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_perpetuating_the_reign_of_carbon/ No Growth Without Us… The cornerstone of the Exxon report is its claims that ever-increasing supplies of energy are needed to sustain economic growth and ensure human betterment, and that...

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January 27, 2015

LA Times: Why we need to address population growth’s effects on global warming

January 27, 2015 — Why we need to address population growth’s effects on global warming See original/source content: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-population-and-climate-change-20150125-story.html Earlier this month, Pope Francis made news when he said that not only was climate change real, but it was mostly man-made. Then, last week, he said that couples do...

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January 26, 2015

Top Law Schools in U.S. To Hear Population Discussions

January 26, 2015 — Legally Brief: Animal Protection and Human Population Growth See original/source content: http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-animal-protection-and-human-population-growth/ In the past 50 years, my own lifetime, the human population has more than doubled from about 3.2 billion to more than 7 billion. There will likely be more than 10 billion by...

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January 26, 2015

Top Law Schools in U.S. To Hear Population Discussions

January 26, 2015 — Legally Brief: Animal Protection and Human Population Growth See original/source content: http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-animal-protection-and-human-population-growth/ In the past 50 years, my own lifetime, the human population has more than doubled from about 3.2 billion to more than 7 billion. There will likely be more than 10 billion by...

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January 23, 2015

Pope rows back from ‘rabbits’ comments, praises large families

January 23, 2015 — Pope rows back from ‘rabbits’ comments, praises large families See original/source content: http://news.yahoo.com/pope-rows-back-rabbits-comments-praises-large-families-110433728.html Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a “gift from God”, just days after he said Catholics did not need to “breed like rabbits”. In an apparent...

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January 22, 2015

Renewable resources reach their limits

January 22, 2015 — Renewable resources reach their limits See original/source content: http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=33456 Can the world continue expanding its use of renewable resources at an increasing rate? Most likely not. Using a data set of over 25 resources researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Yale University...

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January 21, 2015

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

January 21, 2015 — Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/study-raises-alarm-for-health-of-ocean-life.html?_r=0 A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living...

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January 20, 2015

Pope says contraception ban does not mean breed ‘like rabbits’

January 20, 2015 — Pope says contraception ban does not mean breed ‘like rabbits’ Francis says no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size See original/source content: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/pope-says-contraception-ban-does-not-mean-breed-like-rabbits-1.2072312 Pope Francis last night sprang a surprise when he called on Catholics not to “breed like rabbits” but instead...

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January 19, 2015

Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

January 19, 2015 — Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’, scientists warn See original/source content: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/human-activity-has-pushed-earth-beyond-four-of-nine-planetary-boundaries-scientists-warn-20150116-12rjh9.html At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the conclusion of...

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January 16, 2015

Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos

January 16, 2015 — Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos Family planning advice service in Laos proving a success despite lack of female advisers and no government strategy to hire them. See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/13/condoms-contraceptive-pills-laos-birth-control-family-planning Bounthone Kongphongma knows family planning arrived too late for his generation in rural...

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January 15, 2015

Women and Families Beware, the New GOP Congress is Here

January 15, 2015 — Women and Families Beware, the New GOP Congress is Here See original/source content: Population Connection While the beginning of a new year is usually a time filled with hope and progress, the outset of 2015 couldn’t feel more different. That’s because last week marked...

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January 14, 2015

7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015

January 14, 2015 — 7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015 See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/7-family-planning-trends-to-watch-for-in-2015-85182 This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and trends to watch for: 1. The abortion pill The abortion pill is at the top...

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January 13, 2015

TURKEY UNVEILS PLAN FOR MORE BABIES

January 13, 2015 — TURKEY UNVEILS PLAN FOR MORE BABIES See original/source content: http://newsweekpakistan.com/turkey-unveils-plan-for-more-babies/ NEW WELFARE PROGRAM HOPES TO COUNTER SLOWDOWN IN COUNTRY’S POPULATION GROWTH. Turkey’s government on Thursday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for married couples to have more children...

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January 12, 2015

The protesters who are trying to upend the ‘fantasy world’ of economics

January 12, 2015 — The protesters who are trying to upend the ‘fantasy world’ of economics At a gathering of America’s top economists, a small group of students is battling for the soul of economics. See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2015/01/05/the-protesters-who-are-trying-to-upend-the-fantasy-world-of-economics/ There were leaflets, a manifesto, and this warning: “On campus...

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January 9, 2015

Population Institute: 15 States Get “F” on Reproductive Health Report Card

January 9, 2015 — Reproductive Health: The Battle Resumes See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/reproductive-health-the-b_b_6438398.html   With the convening of the new Congress, the fight over reproductive health and rights has been renewed, and members of the new Congress are not wasting any time in drawing the battle lines. Reps. Trent...

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January 8, 2015

Population Matters (UK), Responds to Criticisms in “Ecologist”

January 8, 2015 — Action, not excuses, needed on population and migration See original/source content: The Ecologist There are no good reasons for not acting on population and migration, writes Simon Ross. It’s time to tackle the issues head on and openly to challenge the excuses for doing...

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January 7, 2015

Population boom driving Philippines’ climate vulnerability

January 7, 2015 — Population boom driving Philippines’ climate vulnerability  See original/source content: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/01/05/population-boom-driving-philippines-climate-vulnerability/ The Philippines’ rapidly growing population is increasing its vulnerability to climate change, according to a government document. Around 92 million people [sic] live in the Philippines and the number is growing by 1.9% a year....

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January 6, 2015

U.S. Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization

January 6, 2015 — U.S. Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations. See original/source content: http://www.propublica.org/article/u.s.-bishops-take-aim-at-sterilization The Vatican has an absolute prohibition on sterilization for the purposes of birth control. The U.S. Catholic bishops consider the procedure...

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January 5, 2015

In Kenya, Family Planning is an Economic Safeguard

January 5, 2015 — In Kenya, Family Planning is an Economic Safeguard See original/source content: http://www.voanews.com/content/in-kenya-family-planning-is-an-economic-safeguard/2579394.html With Kenya’s population expected to double by the year 2050, the government and non-governmental organizations are investing heavily in family planning. Providing contraception and education to women is not just about population control,...

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January 2, 2015

Saudi Arabia mulls birth control policy

January 2, 2015 — Saudi Arabia mulls birth control policy See original/source content: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/saudi-arabia-mulls-birth-control-policy-576866.html   Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is considering implementing a population control policy following a doubling of the population in just 15 years.   The king’s religious consultative body, the Shoura Council, has forwarded a report...

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January 1, 2015

One New Year’s Resolution We Can’t Afford to Break

January 1, 2015 — One New Year’s Resolution We Can’t Afford to Break See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-feldstein/one-new-years-resolution-_b_6393214.html As you’re poring over your resolutions this week, add this one somewhere between saving money and learning a new skill: Share the planet.   This year has been full of bad news...

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December 31, 2014

Resolving to Beat the Helms Amendment in 2015

December 31, 2014 — Dear Mr. President, See original/source content: http://populationaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Helms-Letter.pdf   We, representatives of 80 undersigned organizations, write to urge you to take immediate action to correct the unduly restrictive implementation of the Helms Amendment by issuing guidance to USAID and the State Department to allow abortion services in...

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December 30, 2014

Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

December 30, 2014 — Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To? See original/source content: NPR   In the village of Mereto, Ngour Sen, 56, reclined on a green foam mattress next to a pile of massive rice bags in the seclusion of his storeroom. His...

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December 29, 2014

Studies indicate a bleak future for wildlife

December 29, 2014 — Studies indicate a bleak future for wildlife See original/source content: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2014/12/28/studies-indicate-a-bleak-future-for-wildlife.html   Earth’s environment undoubtedly has endured worse years than the one about to pass, suggesting that catastrophes visit naturally without human influence. Think of the asteroid some 65 million years ago that purportedly wiped...

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December 28, 2014

Sex will soon be just for fun not babies, says father of the Pill

December 28, 2014 — Sex will soon be just for fun not babies, says father of the Pill Prof Carl Djerassi claims advances in fertility treatment make it safer for parents without fertility problems to consider IVF See original/source content: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11217750/Sex-will-soon-be-just-for-fun-not-babies-says-father-of-the-Pill.html Sex could become purely recreational by 2050 with...

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December 27, 2014

Around the World in 5 Stories: Saturday Population Pot-Pourri

December 27, 2014 — Man walks backwards to spread population control message See original/source content: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/a gra/Man-walks-backwards-to-spread-population- control-message/articleshow/45633068.cms   Agra: A 45-year-old owner of a departmental store in Meerut has been walking backwards for over a year to emphasize the downsides of rising population, and bring into focus “all...

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December 26, 2014

Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports

December 26, 2014 — Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports See original/source content: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-232.html   By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the...

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December 25, 2014

Forget Santa, 49% of Americans Believe Climate Chaos = “End Times”

December 25, 2014 — Yes, half of America believes that the end times are causing natural disasters See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2 014/11/21/yes-half-of-america-believes-that-the-end-times-are-causing-natural-disasters/   The one good thing about strange weather is that it can always be used to confirm whatever you believed was going on with the climate. Cold? “Feel that? And they tell...

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December 24, 2014

John Muir’s Last Stand

December 24, 2014 — John Muir’s Last Stand See original/source content : http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-12-24/john-muir-s-last-stand JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. One hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s...

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December 23, 2014

Senator Bill Frist on Population

December 23, 2014 — Population See original/source content: http://www.etsu.edu/cph/blog_articles/blog_121914.aspx   Almost all of the problems of the world today either stem from, or are worsened by, overcrowding. In October, 2011, the world’s population passed the 7 billion mark-seven thousand million-7,000,000,000. That’s a lot of people.   To give you...

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December 22, 2014

Mobile Tech Drives Faster Data Collection for Family Planning

December 22, 2014 — Mobile Tech Drives Faster Data Collection for Family Planning Indicators With PMA2020 See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/12/mobile-tech-drives-faster-data-collection-family-planning-indicators/   In an effort to revamp the time-intensive process of conducting household surveys to collect health data in developing countries, a new project is using mobile phones and rapid...

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December 21, 2014

Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development

December 21, 2014 — Making the Connection: Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development See original/source content: http://www.worldwatch.org/making-connection-population-dynamics-and-climate-compatible-development-0   Washington, D.C.-Policymakers and others working to slow human-caused climate change and make societies more resilient to its impacts should consider potential contributions to that effort from expanded access to family planning,...

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December 20, 2014

Atlantic Magazine Touts “The Return of The Rhythm Method”

December 20, 2014 — The Return of The Rhythm Method See original/source content: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/print/2014/12/return-of-the-rhythm-method/383545/ Every morning when she wakes up, Becca, a college student in Pennsylvania, puts a teardrop-shaped thermometer called the Daysy under her tongue. If it lights up green, she knows that day she and her boyfriend can have...

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December 19, 2014

Newsweek: How to Defuse the Population Bomb

December 19, 2014 — How to Defuse the Population Bomb See original/source content: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/12/26/fixing-crowded-earth-293024.html When night falls on Kibera, it is like a door slamming shut. When the sun is up, things are hectic and loud, rough and fetid, but always safe and even welcoming: Bright colors abound and...

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December 18, 2014

Nigeria records 200,000km roads, 17m housing deficits

December 18, 2014 — Nigeria records 200,000km roads, 17m housing deficits See original/source content: http://www.theguardianmobile.com/readNewsItem1.php?nid=37877 NIGERIA needs about 400,000 kilometrers of roads to meet its quest for infrastructure development, approximately twice the volume of the present road network cross the 36 states of the federation. Likewise, the nation’s...

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December 17, 2014

CONFLATING CONTRACEPTION WITH ABORTION

December 17, 2014 — CONFLATING CONTRACEPTION WITH ABORTION IS PART OF A STRATEGIC CAMPAIGN TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO BOTH See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/12/15/index.html Leading U.S. antiabortion organizations are promoting the falsehood that some common methods of contraception-in particular, emergency contraception and intrauterine devices (IUDs)-constitute abortion. However, they have done...

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December 16, 2014

The Rise of the UID

December 16, 2014 — The Rise Of The IUD See original/source content: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/12/11/3602217/women-using-iud-rising/   The number of U.S. women opting for long-term reversible methods of birth control – a category of highly effective contraceptives that includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants – is steadily rising, according to a new...

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December 15, 2014

Nations must keep expanding conservation efforts to avoid a biodiversity crisis

December 15, 2014 — Protect and serve See original/source content: http://www.nature.com/news/protect-and-serve-1.16514 There are 22,413 species deemed at risk of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). If some ambitious person tried to read out their names – without any breaks for food or water –...

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December 14, 2014

Slower Population Growth Could Significantly Reduce Carbon Emissions, Paper Finds

December 14, 2014 — Slower Population Growth Could Significantly Reduce Carbon Emissions, Paper Finds See original/source content: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/press-releases/press-releases/slower-population-growth-could-significantly-reduce-carbon-emissions-paper-finds Washington, D.C.- A new research paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) offers more evidence that slower population growth could significantly reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. The paper, “The Consequences...

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December 13, 2014

Population Institute Names 35th Annual Global Media Award Winners

December 13, 2014 — Population Institute Names 35th Annual Global Media Award Winners See original/source content: http://www.populationinstitute.org/newsroom/news/view/65/ Washington, DC -The Population Institute today is pleased to announce the winners of the 35th annual Global Media Awards competition. This year’s award recipients addressed a wide range of population-related issues, including the...

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December 12, 2014

UN’s “Road to Dignity by 2030” Needs Repairs

December 12, 2014 — Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General’s Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lyric-thompson/girls-left-behind-review-_b_6296748.html   Late last week, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released his long-awaited reportsynthesizing various inputs to and, theoretically setting a vision for, the post-2015 development...

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December 11, 2014

A Look at The “Cromnibus” Bill From a Family Planning Perspective

December 11, 2014 — Update from Brian Dixon, Population Connection   Dear Friend ,   As you may have heard, the House and Senate have finalized the 2015 appropriations package- ridiculously named the “Cromnibus”-for the fact that it’s an odd hybrid of a continuing resolution for the Department...

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December 10, 2014

Vietnam launches Month of Action on Population towards sustainable development

December 10, 2014 — Vietnam launches Month of Action on Population towards sustainable development See original/source content: http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/24576/vietnam-launches-month-of-action-on-population-towards-sustainable-development The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has launched the 2014 National Month of Action on Population, which aims to maintain a reasonably low birth rate – every couple should have two children...

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December 9, 2014

Tassie needs more mums in push for population growth (sic)

December 9, 2014 — Tassie needs more mums in push for population growth See original/source content: http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/tassie-needs-more-mums-in-push-for-population-growth/story-fnn32rbc-1227147070840   TASMANIA needs to attract more women of child-bearing age if the Government’s bold population target of 650,000 by 2050 is to be achieved, a leading demographer says.   Data released...

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December 8, 2014

In Nigeria: Funding Pledge for Contraceptives Signed in Disappearing Ink

December 8, 2014 — Nigeria: NURHI raises alarm over FG default in funding family planning See original/source content: http://www.worldstagegroup.com/worldstagenew/index.php?active=news&newscid=19220&catid=10   WorldStage Newsonline– Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) has raised an alarm that family planning commodities may become scare as government was yet to release fund for procurement...

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December 7, 2014

African Giraffe ‘Silent’ Extinction

December 7, 2014 — African Giraffe ‘Silent’ Extinction: How Disappearance Of World’s Tallest Animal Went Largely Unnoticed See original/source content: http://www.ibtimes.com/african-giraffe-silent-extinction-how-disappearance-worlds-tallest-animal-went-1736448 Africa’s giraffes are on a slow march toward extinction due to the pressures of poaching and habitat loss, conservation experts have warned. Illegal hunting and human population...

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December 6, 2014

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FALL FAR SHORT OF NEEDS IN DEVELOPING REGIONS

December 6, 2014 — SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FALL FAR SHORT OF NEEDS IN DEVELOPING REGIONS See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/12/04/AddingItUp2014.html LONDON, 4 December 2014-A new report finds a staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. The report, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits...

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December 5, 2014

U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year

December 5, 2014 — U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year; Economy Could Be Factor See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/us/us-sees-decline-in-births-for-sixth-year.html?_r=0 The number of women in the United States who gave birth dropped last year, according to federal statistics released Thursday, extending the decline for a sixth year. The National Center...

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December 4, 2014

Pakistan: Number of Jobless Youth to Double by 2020

December 4, 2014 — United we stand: Statistics reveal number of jobless youth to double by 2020 See original/source content: http://tribune.com.pk/story/798451/united-we-stand-statistics-reveal-number-of-jobless-youth-to-double-by-2020/ Karachi — There are approximately four million jobless youth, between the ages of 15 and 24, in Pakistan. Without adequate infrastructure to support this generation’s education and vocational...

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December 3, 2014

Infection, not just fake medicines, behind 16 Chhattisgarh deaths

December 3, 2014 — Infection, not just fake medicines, behind 16 Chhattisgarh deaths See original/source content: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Infection-not-just-fake-medicines-behind-16-Chhattisgarh-deaths/articleshow/45340934.cms NEW DELHI: An independent report has indicated that septicemia – that is infection during or after the mass sterilization surgeries-and not just spurious medicines could be behind the deaths of the 16...

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December 2, 2014

Rotten in Denmark: Locals Pledge New Babies to Avoid School Closures

December 2, 2014 — Sex please! Danes vow to save town schools by having more kids See original/source content: http://rt.com/news/209851-sex-children-danish-town/ As schools and daycare centers in a Danish town face closure, parents have agreed with local councils to have more sex and thus make more children to improve...

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December 1, 2014

Uncrowded.org’s New Twist to Population & Family Planning

December 1, 2014 — Uncrowded.org See original/source content: http://uncrowded.org/ Between 2008 and 2011 studies showed that a substantial number of young people did not understand how having fewer children related to population growth, and did not feel that their having fewer children actually affected the environment. Moreover, population growth...

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November 30, 2014

Despite Agreement on Birth Control Access, Eco-socialists Still Dislike Population Activism

November 30, 2014 — Too Many of Whom? Population and Climate Change See original/source content: http://www.planetexperts.com/many-population-climate-change/ …The Wilson Center, an influential think-tank based in D.C., is attempting to take a nuanced approach to exploring population growth. A report from the institute, set to be released by the end of this...

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November 29, 2014

School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size

November 29, 2014 — School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size See original/source content: HERE It’s a bunch of guys sitting around talking. About the benefits of birth control. About how a woman should take care of herself when she’s pregnant. About breast-feeding. You know,...

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November 28, 2014

Risk from extreme weather set to rise

November 28, 2014 — Risk from extreme weather set to rise Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says. See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30215782 The Royal Society warns that the risk of heatwaves to an ageing population will rise about...

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November 27, 2014

Uganda jails five for genital mutilation

November 27, 2014 — Uganda jails five for genital mutilation See original/source content: http://www.modernghana.com/news/582255/1/uganda-jails-five-for-genital-mutilation.html Kampala (AFP) – Five men and women in Uganda have been jailed for mutilating the genitals of girls, a rare conviction in the country which is trying to stamp out the often deadly practice. The...

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November 26, 2014

Green Revolution trebles human burden on planet

November 26, 2014 — Green Revolution trebles human burden on planet American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance. See original/source content: http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/green-revolution-trebles-human-burden-on-planet/ LONDON, 22 November, 2014 – Humans are changing not just climate overall,...

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November 25, 2014

World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century

November 25, 2014 — World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/11/world-population-human-capital-21st-century/ With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according...

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