Author Archives: PMC


March 5, 2018

Population Media Center Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

March 5, 2018 — On March 1, 2018, Population Media Center’s strong financial health along with its transparency earned it another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year that Population Media Center (PMC) has received this top distinction. Only six...

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April 21, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day this Year with Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

April 21, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT – April 22, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States, offering a day of reflection, celebration, and work to protect the Earth. Of course, Mother Earth is worth protecting each and every day of the year....

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April 20, 2015

Local Pastor Teams with Nonprofit to Promote Behavior Change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

April 20, 2015 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – When Jean René Kwaka Mbangu and François Kimbuibi Munganga arrived at the bustling Mt Ngafula market on the outskirts of Kinshasa, they quickly realized that their voice – let alone their message about the importance of reproductive health,...

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April 9, 2015

Calling All Web Design & Development Gurus

April 9, 2015 — Share-Net International, an online knowledge sharing platform for sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), is expanding to Burundi. This means that Share-Net Burundi is looking to hire a partner to create an online forum that generates active, frequent, and productive engagement among online members....

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February 2, 2015

Babinyujije mu ikinamico “impano n’impamba” basobanurira abaturage kuboneza urubyaro

February 2, 2015 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. It is written in Kinyarwanda. See original post in IGIHE. By Richard Irakoze. Mu buryo bwishi bwo gutambutsa ubutumwa, abagize Umurage Media Center bahisemo kwifashisha ikinamico-nyigisho bise “Impano n’Impamba”, ngo bashishikarize abaturange ingingo nyinshi zibajijura by’umwihariko...

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November 6, 2014

Sexy Lessons: East Los High CoCreator Kathleen Bedoya Explores Real-Life Issues in a Telenovela Format

November 6, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in Latina Magazine. By Celina Shatzman. Alarmed by Latinas’ teen pregnancy rate–the heights of any major U.S. ethnic group–Colombian American TV Exec Kathleen Bedoya concluded that reaching young people required something more alluring...

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September 23, 2014

Zoukoutap en rediffusion

September 23, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in Le Nouvelliste. By Chancy Victorin Un feuilleton dans la lignée « Woy les voilà » Le feuilleton Zoukoutap est créé selon la méthodologie Sabido, nous apprend l’humoriste Christina Guérin. Cette méthodologie...

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September 10, 2014

Stoddard: Bill Ryerson, Global Vermonter

September 10, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post on Vermont Public Radio’s website. By Fran Stoddard In his office in Shelburne VT, Bill Ryerson, founder and president of Population Media Center or PMC is unassuming, as he jokes about a...

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August 20, 2014

Malala’s Inspiration

August 20, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in Huffington Post. By Robert Walker Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. Behind every inspirational leader is another inspiring person. We have discovered the source of Malala’s inspiration:...

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July 23, 2014

Two Global Health Corps Fellows Head to Burundi to Change Lives through Radio

July 23, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT–“I can’t believe we’ll be in Bujumbura on Friday,” says Alex Bozzette, a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps fellow being placed with Population Media Center. It was a Tuesday, and Bozzette was sitting with his co-fellow, Jean Sacha Barikumutima, in the modest offices of...

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July 8, 2014

Telephone Surveys in Burundi Enhance an Already Powerful Form of Behavior Change Communication

July 8, 2014 — BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI– Since January, people in Burundi have been listening to a new radio program called Agashi! (“Hey! Look Again!”).  This 208-episode soap opera will air twice per week for two years, and uses Population Media Center’s highly successful entertainment-education approach to behavior change....

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June 27, 2014

PMC’s Tom Kazungu Speaks About How to Stop Illegal Trade in Wildlife: with Serial Dramas

June 27, 2014 — Nairobi, Kenya – On June 24th, PMC’s Kenya Country Representative and long-time Sabido Methodology trainer Tom Kazungu spoke to a room full of people who were all concerned about illegal poaching and trade in wildlife products and told them that addressing the issue through...

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June 27, 2014

Mende’s signature propels 5 new serial dramas in D.R. Congo

June 27, 2014 — Kinshasa, D.R. Congo – Tuesday in Kinshasa marked a pivotal point for Population Media Center (PMC), as Lambert Mende, the Congolese Minister of Media, signed a Protocole d’Entente that will allow PMC to launch five new radio serial dramas in the Democratic Republic of...

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June 25, 2014

Burundian Celebrations Revolve Around a Socially-Themed Radio Drama

June 25, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – Food, music, dancing….these are some of the elements you’ll find at different events throughout Burundi. And, although it’s not unusual for Burundian events to include these festive and cultural activities, it might be unusual for people to be rallying around a...

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June 23, 2014

GuideStar Gives Population Media Center Gold Status

June 23, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – There are a number of nonprofit organizations working to make the world a better place.  GuideStar makes it easy to figure out what these organizations are really doing, what their missions are, and whether or not they are having an impact....

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June 16, 2014

Nigerian Radio Drama for Social Change Expanding to 18 Million More People

June 16, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – A radio soap opera aimed at improving human health and enhancing human rights will now be broadcast to more than 18 million additional Nigerians. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has partnered with Population Media Center (PMC) to increase the broadcast area...

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June 12, 2014

Population Media Center Part of First Wave of SXSW Eco Programming

June 12, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – The people have voted! Population Media Center, a global leader in entertainment-education for social good, has been chosen to be part of the program line-up at the 2014 South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) conference taking place October 6-8 in Austin,...

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May 19, 2014

Bram Kleppner Becomes Chair of Population Media Center’s Board of Directors

May 19, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – Bram Kleppner believes in working hard to tackle difficult problems. This is just one of the reasons Population Media Center recently named Kleppner as Chair of its Board of Directors. “We are very lucky,” says Population Media Center President, Bill Ryerson,...

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May 19, 2014

Sex, Soap Operas, and Social Change: Kriss Barker Teaches Sabido and Changes the World

May 19, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Kriss Barker first met Bill Ryerson in Washington DC, she thought he must be mistaken. It was 2001, and Barker, an expert in public health communications, didn’t think the numbers Ryerson was reciting were possible. Ryerson was discussing a communications...

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May 12, 2014

In Brazil, Dry Weather and Population Growth Spell Water Rationing

May 12, 2014 — Nor any Drop to Drink Dry Weather and a Growing Population Spell Rationing See: http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21601280-dry-weather-and-growing-population-spell-rationing-nor-any-drop-drink BRAZIL has the world’s biggest reserves of fresh water. That most of it sits in the sparsely populated Amazon has not historically stopped Brazilians in the drier, more populous south...

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May 12, 2014

Profiling The Failed State of Yemen

May 12, 2014 — We have forgotten the crisis Yemen is facing See: http://www.yemennewstraffic.com/story-z10682000 Yemen is one of the most water-starved countries in the world. Its rapid population growth rate of more than three per cent a year means shortages are set to continue and intensify driving further conflicts...

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May 12, 2014

Ocean Acidification Alarm Bells Ring… Few Bother to Listen

May 12, 2014 — Climate change: Pacific Ocean acidity dissolving shells of key species See: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25664175/climate-change-pacific-ocean-acidity-dissolving-shells-key In a troubling new discovery, scientists studying ocean waters off California, Oregon and Washington have found the first evidence that increasing acidity in the ocean is dissolving the shells of a key species...

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May 12, 2014

Methane Emissions Rising… with No End in Sight

May 12, 2014 — Wetland emissions mean more methane See: http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2014/05/wetland-emissions-mean-more-methane/ By Alex Kirby Methane emissions are rising globally because wetlands – especially in northern latitudes – are releasing more than anyone had realised, a team of researchers based in Canada says. LONDON, 1 May – The bad news...

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May 8, 2014

Youth anxiety on the rise amid changing climate

May 8, 2014 — See: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/youth-anxiety-on-the-rise-amid-changing-climate/article18372258/ Sammy McLean, 14, felt overwhelming helplessness as she stood with her family and watched two angry rivers – the Bow and the Elbow – surge through their home, cutting a path of destruction across the downtown Calgary neighbourhood. Furniture flew through the front...

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May 7, 2014

Engaging Malawi Youth to “Fight Overpopulation”

May 7, 2014 — See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201405020547.html Kasungu – Youths in Kasungu have been urged to take an active role in a quest to mitigate the effects of rapid population growth in the country by fully participating in family planning services. Speaking at Santhe Community Hall in Kasungu during its...

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May 6, 2014

UNFPA chief: What is gender parity, when you can’t exercise your rights?

May 6, 2014 — See: https://www.devex.com/news/unfpa-chief-what-is-gender-parity-when-you-can-t-exercise-your-rights-83395 How can parliamentarians push population issues more prominently in the international development agenda? This was one of the questions debated last week in Stockholm, where lawmakers from 134 countries convened for the the 6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the Program...

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May 5, 2014

The State of Population-Climate Change Research

May 5, 2014 — See: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/05/state-population-climate-change-research/ What is the future of population and climate change research, and how can this research impact international policy? In a special issue of Population and Environment, environmental and social scientists look at these questions. “One of the most exciting developments in the climate...

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May 5, 2014

Human “Litter” Found in Europe’s Deepest Ocean Depths

May 5, 2014 — Seabed survey reveals depth of marine litter problem by mapping waste in Atlantic and Arctic oceans and Mediterranean. See: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/30/human-litter-european-seafloor-survey-ocean-deep Bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other human litter have been found in Europe’s deepest ocean depths, according one of the largest scientific surveys of...

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May 5, 2014

Stop Planetary Destruction and Human Demise

May 5, 2014 — Population Media Center has proposed two panel concepts which we would like to present at the South by Southwest ECO exposition in Austin, Texas this coming October 6th through the 8th. Today, I would like to ask for your “thumbs up” in support of our...

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April 14, 2014

Population Media Center Capacity Building with South-to-South Training

April 14, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Gabin Kifukiau accepted the job of Country Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a United States nonprofit, he didn’t know that some of his training would come from Burundi and Rwanda. In March of 2014, Kifukiau and...

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April 2, 2014

Population Media Center Request for Proposals for Website Revamp

April 2, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT –Population Media Center (PMC) knows that strategic and audience-specific communications have tremendous impact. This year, PMC has two exciting opportunities. First, PMC will be partnering to produce a worldwide campaign titled Global Population Speak Out in 2015. Second, PMC is poised to...

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March 17, 2014

Bringing People to Life: Radio Dramas Informing Societal Norms

March 17, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Norbert Regero was awarded a role in a radio serial drama being produced and aired in his home country of Rwanda, he was ecstatic. Not only was it a job, it was a job in theatre – his first professional...

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March 13, 2014

Charity Navigator Gives Population Media Center Highest Rating

March 13, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – On February 4, 2014, Charity Navigator announced that for the second consecutive year, Population Media Center (PMC) has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and for commitment to accountability and transparency. As the nation’s largest and most-utilized...

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March 6, 2014

PMC and Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere Co-Hosting Conference March 23 & 24

March 6, 2014 — On March 23 and 24, 2014, Population Media Center and the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere will co-host a conference in Washington, DC. The goal of the workshop is to develop innovative strategies for increasing broad based public engagement in the population...

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March 4, 2014

New Population Group Lands in Texas

March 4, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT. — Everything may be bigger in Texas, but even the Lone Star State has to balance its large and rapidly growing population with limited natural resources – or so says the Texas state chapter of international non-profit organization, Population Media Center (PMC)....

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February 14, 2014

Hulu Announces Season Two of East Los High for Summer 2014

February 14, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – Hulu said it has ordered 12 new episodes of the English-language series East Los High, which features an all-Latino cast and explores such real-life issues as teen pregnancy. Last summer, the series consistently ranked among Hulu’s most popular programs. “The show...

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February 3, 2014

Haiti Radio Soap Opera Raising Awareness About Child Slaves

February 3, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Christina Guérin was a child, she decided she didn’t want a career in radio soap operas. As a young girl, she spent many days and nights in a Haiti radio studio watching her mother work long hours. In September of...

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January 14, 2014

US Fellowship Opportunity with Innovative Burundi Health Radio Program

January 14, 2014 — Shelburne, VT — For the first time, US-based Population Media Center has teamed up with Global Health Corps to offer two year-long paid fellowships in Burundi, one available to a US citizen and one available to a Burundi citizen. This opportunity coincides with the launch...

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December 24, 2013

Two New Radio Programs Launch in Nigeria to Entertain and Educate

December 24, 2013 — Shelburne, VT – December 23, 2013 In Nigeria, most people turn to the radio for entertainment. This November, Population Media Center launched two new radio dramas in Nigeria that will air once per week for the next nine months. However, these soap operas bring...

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December 2, 2013

Entertainment-Education Program Bolsters Ethiopian Public Health Initiative

December 2, 2013 — SHELBURNE, VT – An entertainment-education radio serial drama broadcast in Ethiopia has effectively increased awareness of HIV prevention methods and modern sanitation in the country, while also familiarizing citizens with the country’s innovative public health initiative. The award-winning program, named Mieraf (“New Beginning”), was...

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November 22, 2013

15 Years of Telling Stories and Changing Lives Around the World

November 22, 2013 — SHELBURNE, VT – In Burkina Faso, François and his wife listen to a popular radio program, Yam Yankre (“The Choice”), when he gets home from work. François earns meager wages as a mason, which makes it hard to support his wife and six kids....

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October 8, 2013

Pre-election call to curb the population

October 8, 2013 — See: http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/09/19/pre-election-call-to-curb-the-population/ THERE is a desperate need to have a population policy in place before next year’s States elections to stop candidates making promises they cannot keep, according to Deputy Geoff Southern. The St Helier No 2 representative wants the States to set a...

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October 8, 2013

Sydney needs services, not just a rising population

October 8, 2013 — See: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/sydney-needs-services-not-just-a-rising-population/story-fni0cwl5-1226731779788 THE central policy challenge for NSW is maintaining our quality of life in the face of a rapidly rising population. Everyone knows Sydney is already bursting at the seams. Hospital waiting rooms are full. School class sizes are on the up. Our suburbs...

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October 7, 2013

In Israel, population growth is an issue to be avoided at all costs

October 7, 2013 — Israel’s leadership frequently warns of a demographic threat to the country’s Jewish majority. Although it is a touchy subject, it is nonetheless important to address how to reduce population growth.  See: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.550169 Next week the Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences will be holding...

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October 7, 2013

Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn

October 7, 2013 — See: http://apps.seattletimes.com/reports/sea-change/2013/sep/11/pacific-ocean-perilous-turn-overview/ ORMANBY ISLAND, Papua New Guinea – Katharina Fabricius plunged from a dive boat into the Pacific Ocean of tomorrow. She kicked through blue water until she spotted a ceramic tile attached to the bottom of a reef. A year earlier, the ecologist from...

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October 4, 2013

Overpopulation is Still the Problem

October 4, 2013 — By Alon Tal See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alon-tal/overpopulation-is-still-t_b_3990646.html Overpopulation remains the leading driver of hunger, desertification, species depletion and a range of social maladies across the planet. Recently, a spate of op-ed essays have filled the pages of some of world’s top newspapers and blogs — from the...

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October 4, 2013

Welcome to the World of 7 Billion video contest!

October 4, 2013 — See: http://www.worldof7billion.org/index.php/student_video_contest There are over 7 billion people sharing the planet and we live in an increasingly connected world. In our global society, population pressures can affect our ability to sustainably use the earth’s resources and improve living conditions for all of the world’s people....

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September 16, 2013

East LA Homegirl Goes Hollywood

September 16, 2013 — Evangeline Ordaz is no ordinary Hollywood show runner. When she’s not teaching constitutional law or rehabbing historic buildings, she’s writing for a racy soap opera about . East Los High was a big summer success for the TV-on-demand website Hulu, and much of the...

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July 19, 2013

Soap Operas Can Save the World

July 19, 2013 — Pacific Standard July 2, 2013 Meet Jessie, a shy Latina teen in East Los Angeles who just wants to survive chemistry class, help out her single mom, and escape high school still a member of what she and her best friend call “the virgins’...

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July 17, 2013

‘East Los High’: Not Just Another Teen Soap

July 17, 2013 — NPR July 11, 2013 Despite the fact that it’s been generating a lot of buzz, Devious Maids is just not that interesting. Five Latina maids — is it a landmark for Latina actresses or another example of how the media stereotype Latinos? Either way,...

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July 16, 2013

‘East Los High’ On Hulu Is First English Language Show With All Latino Cast

July 16, 2013 — Huffington Post June 6, 2013 The video service Hulu is making history with the first English-language show with an all-Latino cast — the just premiered dramatic series “East Los High” about Hispanic students in a Los Angeles high school. With Hollywood quickly acknowledging the...

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July 16, 2013

LatinoBuzz: EAST LOS HIGH a TV Series! Exclusive Interviews!

July 16, 2013 — Indie Wire May 7, 2013 Last week, ‘East Los High’ (ELH), a project we’ve been tracking since last year announced that they had signed a deal to exclusively premiere the show on Hulu.com, making it the first English language show with an all Latino...

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June 14, 2013

World population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 – UN report

June 14, 2013 — See: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45165&Cr=population&Cr1=   13 June 2013 – The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 million over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations report launched today, which points out that growth...

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June 14, 2013

Global population to soar to 11 billion by 2100 as African population quadruples

June 14, 2013 — Projection is 800 million more than a previous UN forecast of 10.1 billion Researchers had expected fertility in Africa to more fall quickly See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341084/Global-population-soar-11-billion-2100-African-population-quadruples.html?ito=feeds-newsxml The world’s population will reach almost eleven billion by the end of the century because of soaring birth rates in...

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June 12, 2013

Population and Environment: Time for a Rethink

June 12, 2013 — Alan Thornett See: http://internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article3007 As the ecological crisis deepens, and global warming accelerates, many on the left, to their credit, are increasingly addressing the environmental issues. The idea of ecosocialism, which sees socialism without ecology as inadequate for the transition to a sustainable alternative to...

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June 11, 2013

Growth Is The Enemy of Humankind

June 11, 2013 — See: http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/1526  Wed, 01/16/2013 – 11:35 Dave Lindorff   What is wrong with America?   Big question.   Simple answer.   We Americans have completely lost any sense of why a country, a society, and a government exist.   Politicians, lobbyists and corporate media talking...

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June 11, 2013

Workers of The World: Relax!

June 11, 2013 — See: http://www.humansandnature.org/economy—john-de-graaf-response-68.php The late, great environmentalist David Brower used to say that there will be no profits, no corporations, no economic growth, and by implication, no successful economies on a dead planet. Brower, who made the Sierra Club a powerful force for conservation and founded...

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June 10, 2013

Governmental Coercion in Reproductive Decision Making: See It Both Ways

June 10, 2013 — By Sneha Barot  See: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/15/4/gpr150407.html   Earlier this year, the world reacted with outrage as blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng made headlines during his risky escape to the United States to flee persecution. Chen, a human rights lawyer, had exposed and protested coerced abortions, involuntary...

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June 10, 2013

COERCION IN REPRODUCTIVE DECISION MAKING OCCURS IN MANY SETTINGS-AND IN BOTH DIRECTIONS

June 10, 2013 — Coercive Practices Range from Forced Abortion and Sterilization in China To Laws Impeding Women from Obtaining Abortion Services in the United States See: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2012/10/24/index.html Forcing a woman to terminate a pregnancy she wants is wrong, and so is forcing her to continue a pregnancy...

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January 24, 2013

Saliwansai Radio Drama

January 24, 2013 — Soul Beat Africa January 23, 2013 In February 2012, Population Media Centre (PMC), with funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), started production on a 208-episode radio drama in Sierra Leone to promote family planning. The programme, called Saliwansai, addresses such issues as...

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January 17, 2013

Population Media Center Offers Solution to Unsustainable Population Growth in New Environmental Book

January 17, 2013 — The San Francisco Chronicle January 15, 2013 Rapid population growth on a planet already suffering from human induced climate change, species extinctions and ocean acidification is not helpful. In a new environmental book, Life on The Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, Bill Ryerson, founder of...

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December 3, 2012

MTV Latin America, Population Media Center And The United Nations Population Fund Launch Multiplatform Campaign SexySex To Empower Young People On Sexual Health And Violence Prevention

December 3, 2012 — Innovative Campaign reinforces “Ultimo Ano’s” objective of creating awareness around unprotected sex and domestic violence through celebrity-driven PSAs and a Digital Destination That Provides Methods of Prevention and Local Counseling Services across Lat By MTV Latin America MIAMI, Dec. 3, 2012 — MIAMI, Dec....

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October 23, 2012

The Populations Problem

October 23, 2012 — By Herman Daly See: http://steadystate.org/populations-problem/ The population problem should be considered from the point of view of all populations – populations of both humans and their artifacts (cars, houses, livestock, cell phones, etc.) – in short, populations of all “dissipative structures” engendered, bred, or...

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October 11, 2012

Secretary Clinton Launches New Public and Private Initiatives To Raise the Status of Girls

October 11, 2012 — Press Release – United States Department of State See: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/other/2012/198768.htm On the eve of the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child, Secretary Clinton today convened a meeting with leaders in government and the private sector, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chair of...

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October 8, 2012

Growing Pains: Uganda Population Bomb Ticking

October 8, 2012 — By Robert Madoi October 4, 2012 http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21353:growing-pains-uganda-population-bomb-ticking&catid=57:feature&Itemid=69 Uganda enters its next 50 years of self-rule with its reputation as a demographic renegade well and truly intact, thanks to a mindboggling fertility rate (the average number of children a woman can have in her lifetime),...

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October 2, 2012

Stating The Obvious: Women Use Contraception for Good Reason

October 2, 2012 — NEW STUDY CONFIRMS WHAT MANY HAVE LONG BELIEVED TO BE TRUE: WOMEN USE CONTRACEPTION TO BETTER ACHIEVE THEIR LIFE GOALS See:  http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2012/09/25/index.html The full report is available here (PDF):   http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/j.contraception.2012.08.012.pdf New evidence confirms what most people already believe: Women use contraception because it...

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October 1, 2012

Cutting Family Planning in Texas

October 1, 2012 — In 2011, Texas cut funding for family planning services by 2/3rds — from $111 million to $37.9 million for a 2-year period. The article was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. If you are interested in the references, please click through the...

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September 12, 2012

MTV Latin America and Mexican Pop Sensation Dulce Maria Presented in Mexico City the Music Video for “Es un Drama,” the Theme Song for MTV Latin America New Novela “Ultimo Ano”

September 12, 2012 — August 9, 2012 MEXICO CITY, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MTV Latin America held a press conference in Mexico City for their new novela, the psychological thriller “Último Año.” Dulce Maria presented her new music video for “Es un Drama” (#Esundrama), the theme song...

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September 12, 2012

Nigeria: Media Supermart, NGO Partner On Advertising Platform

September 12, 2012 — September 10, 2012 By Raheem Akingbolu Integrated marketing communication agency, Media Supermart, MSM, has formed a strategic relationship with an America-based non-governmental organisation, Population Media Centre, on entertainment education programming. The relationship was formed to evolve a viable means of communication tied to educating...

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August 13, 2012

More Prime California Farmland Feared to be Lost

August 13, 2012 — July 2012 statements made by a representative of the California Department of Conservation. More prime farmland feared to be lost to population growth By STEVE ADLER/ Special from Ag Alert Created:   08/05/2012 03:46:05 PM PDT See: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_21241505/more-prime-farmland-feared-be-lost-population-growth New pressures from high-speed rail and solar-power...

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August 13, 2012

Hansen: Climate Change is Here — And Worse Than We Thought

August 13, 2012 — Climate change is here – and worse than we thought By James Hansen Published August 3, 2012 See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-is-here–and-worse-than-we-thought/2012/08/03/6ae604c2-dd90-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html James E. Hansen directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988 , I...

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July 12, 2012

Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion

July 12, 2012 — Press Release by Worldwatch Institute Washington, D.C.-Although most analysts assume that the world’s population will rise from today’s 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size, Worldwatch Institute President Robert Engelman argues in...

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July 12, 2012

Gates Summit Aims to Fill Family Planning Gap

July 12, 2012 — Bob Walker: The working assumption always seems to be that population growth is a “given,” and that world population will be 9 billion by 2050 and there’s nothing that can or will be done about it. Projected population growth, however, is just a projection....

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May 4, 2012

Impacts of biodiversity loss rival those of climate change and pollution

May 4, 2012 — Thanks to John Feeney for alerting me to this important article. If you find this interesting, a second article on the same topic can be accessed here: http://www.imachordata.com/?p=1217 Impacts of biodiversity loss rival those of climate change and pollution Current estimates suggest we are...

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April 27, 2012

Climate Code Red! Is all “good news” and no “bad news” a good strategy?

April 27, 2012 — Is all “good news” and no “bad news” a good strategy? by David Spratt / Part 3 of a 5-part series “If people don’t know there’s a problem, they won’t try to solve it.” – Bill McKibben Bright-siding climate advocacy is based on the...

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April 27, 2012

PLAN B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization — The Film

April 27, 2012 — Two items below from the Earth Policy Institute. First, an announcement about airings on PBS stations of the 90-minute film based on Lester Brown’s Plan B book series. Second, a report on China’s meat consumption, which is now more than double that of the...

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April 19, 2012

Speaking of Women’s Bodies: Baywatch star Alexandra Paul helps women find a voice

April 19, 2012 — By Maria Fotopoulos April 13, 2012 International Women’s Day, Earth Day and Mother’s Day celebrate women and honor mothers—those we birth, those who birth us, and the one that provides for us every day of our lives: Mother Earth. So how fares the female...

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March 16, 2012

Ocean acidification worst in 300 million years, study finds

March 16, 2012 — Bill Ryerson sent me this Christian Science Monitor article from March 2, 2012, which was also reprinted by the Center for Biological Diversity. You can read the full article and watch a related 2 minute video here: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0302/Ocean-acidification-worst-in-300-million-years-study-finds-video Ocean acidification worst in 300 million...

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March 15, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Water, Acequias, Population and Development

March 15, 2012 — Please see this Letter to the Editor, written by Kathleen Parker and published in the Green Fire Times. See: http://greenfiretimes.com/2012/03/letter-to-the-editor-water-acequias-population-and-development/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=letter-to-the-editor-water-acequias-population-and-development Letter to the Editor: Water, Acequias, Population and Development Kudos for focus (January 2012) on acequias, a topic I covered for years for a...

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March 14, 2012

Time to Tackle ‘Last Taboo’ of Contraception and Climate – Experts

March 14, 2012 — I first saw this report on the revamped All Africa site; it quotes Kavita Ramdas, executive director of Stanford University’s social entrepreneurship program, as saying that the population and climate connection need to be made “…in a place where we can talk thoughtfully about...

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March 13, 2012

Population Media Center Opens Recording Studio in Sierra Leone

March 13, 2012 — I am happy to share two articles on PMC’s work in Sierra Leone. The first reports on the opening of a new radio station, and the second on the efforts of PMC program advisory board member and Hollywood actress Alexandra Paul to help train...

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March 12, 2012

PRB Discuss Online Tomorrow, March 13, 2012, “Africa’s Demographic Challenges”

March 12, 2012 — Tomorrow, at11:00am ET, you may be interested to participate and/or observe Population Reference Bureau’s hour-long online discussion of “Africa’s Demographic Challenges“. The panelists all hail from the Berlin Institute for Population and Development and the discussion is set to revolve around their 2011 study,...

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March 12, 2012

High cost of living stifles urbanisation even as population rises in cities

March 12, 2012 — The following article seems to be making a distinction between a) population growth occurring in urban areas and b) the idea of urbanisation. We have seen many reports that countries in Africa are rapidly urbanizing, but the point here seems to be that population...

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March 6, 2012

On the Use and Misuse of the Concept of Sustainability

March 6, 2012 — The following is an excerpt of a paper co-presented by Ed Barry and William Rees at the 8th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability. The conference was held in Vancouver in early January, 2012. To learn more about the next conference...

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March 5, 2012

PMC teams up with Hollywood actress to train local actors

March 5, 2012 — By Abibatu Kamara Awoko Newspaper – March 5, 2012 An International Non Governmental Organisation, Population Media Center (PMC) has teamed up with Hollywood actress Alexandra Paul to train local actors and actresses for PMC’s newest series in the country. Alexandra Paul is best known...

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March 5, 2012

In Sierra Leone, As they seek to address health issues….Population Media Center Opens Radio Station

March 5, 2012 — Awareness Times: Sierra Leone News and Information – February 29, 2012 In order to complement government efforts in the health sector, the Population Media Center (PMC) has opened a new radio studio in Sierra Leone to help entertain and educate the people on health...

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February 27, 2012

Climate Ethics and Population Policy

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

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February 27, 2012

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

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

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February 27, 2012

Dip In Population Raises Concern: Demographers

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

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February 21, 2012

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

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

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January 23, 2012

Dangerous abortions ‘on the rise’, says WHO

January 23, 2012 — Below, a recently published story from the BBC. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16618156 Dangerous abortions ‘on the rise’, says WHO 19 January 2012 A rising proportion of abortions worldwide are putting women’s health at risk, researchers say. The World Health Organization study suggests global abortion rates are...

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January 23, 2012

Birth rate plummets in Brazil

January 23, 2012 — Thanks to David Zakus and Leon Kolankiewicz for pointing out this article. I especially draw your attention to the final section, “The Telenovela Effect“. You can read more about PMC’s efforts in Brazil here. As a reminder, Brazil (195 million) accounts for roughly 2.7%...

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January 23, 2012

Population planning made more acceptable socially

January 23, 2012 — As a follow up to the Daily Email of January 18th about Pakistan, here is a story indicating that some officials are using a population planning strategy of emphasizing maternal health and birth spacing, as opposed to advocating for limiting births. Apparently, this has...

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January 17, 2012

At the Crossroads of Sustainability: A Conversation with Bill Ryerson

January 17, 2012 — forbes.com – January 9, 2012 By Michael Charles Tobias Imagine a country like French Guiana or Vanuatu – with human populations of 225,000 to 235,000 – emerging, every day! That is the conundrum facing humanity and the natural world. The human population explosion, multiplied by...

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January 5, 2012

Organizing To Win

January 5, 2012 — Thanks to Oakvillegreen Conservation Association’s Liz Benneian, an award-winning environmental activist, community leader and former journalist, for these excerpts from the group’s “Organizing To Win” seminars. These seminars teach groups how to become more effective advocates for their causes. For example, individuals highly concerned...

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January 5, 2012

Where Population Pressures Have Deadly Consequences

January 5, 2012 — From the Boston area’s NPR news station, 90.9 WBUR, comes this “Here And Now” program segment. To hear audio interviews and watch a slide show, go to: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2011/12/01/where-population-pressures-have-deadly-consequences Where Population Pressures Have Deadly Consequences By Alex Ashlock “The competition for finite resources has led...

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November 11, 2011

OpEd by Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director

November 11, 2011 — This OpEd by Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, appeared in Science magazine.  It was recognized by the Population Institute with a Global Media Award.  See Population and Development Babatunde Osotimehin 29 July, 2011 AS THE WORLD’S POPULATION REACHES 7 BILLION THIS YEAR, WE SHOULD...

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November 11, 2011

Population Institute Names 32nd Annual Global Media Award Winners

November 11, 2011 — October 28, 2011 Washington, DC – An Ethiopian serial drama, a Kenyan news article series, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund are among the 10 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2011 Global Media Awards for...

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November 11, 2011

Your Comments Needed: Op-Ed: 7 Billion Now, But Population Will Drop

November 11, 2011 — At http://www.npr.org/2011/10/31/141870269/op-ed-7-billion-now-but-population-will-drop you can add your comment on NPR’s coverage of the population reaching 7 billion.  As you’ll see, the interview is spent emphasizing the imprecise nature of demographic forecasting.  Thanks to Joe Bish for alerting me to this. Op-Ed: 7 Billion Now, But...

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November 11, 2011

“Most Important Film Ever Made” is Released

November 11, 2011 — Thanks to Dave Gardner for this announcement.  Incidentally, Paul Ehrlich and I will appear at two screenings of this film in Berkeley, California at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley) on November 15.  The screenings start at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm,...

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November 4, 2011

Seven big problems for 7 billion people: Experts weigh in on predicaments caused by a burgeoning world population

November 4, 2011 — msnbc.com – October 26, 2011 By James Eng Sometime on Monday, Oct. 31, the world’s population is projected to hit 7 billion. Is that numerical milestone a cause for celebration or concern? A little bit of both, according to the United Nations Population Fund....

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November 4, 2011

Seven Billion: What Does it Mean?

November 4, 2011 — UN Dispatch – October 31, 2011 By Alanna Shaikh On October 31st, the UN Population Division has predicted the planet will see its 7 billionth person. In advance of that event, UN Dispatch spoke to William Ryerson about what that kind of population growth...

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November 4, 2011

7 Billion and Counting: Welcome to a Planet With Population Overload and Resources in Crisis

November 4, 2011 — AlterNet – October 29, 2011 By Scott Thill The definition of overpopulation has less to do with raw numbers of people than their relationship with the planet’s sustainable resources. Here’s some freaky news: According to United Nations, Earth’s seventh-billionth person could be born by...

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October 5, 2011

A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself

October 5, 2011 — Thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity for this article.  See http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2011/new-york-times-06-04-2011.html The New York Times, June 4, 2011 A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself By Justin Gillis CIUDAD OBREGÓN, Mexico – The dun wheat field spreading out at Ravi P. Singh’s feet...

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October 4, 2011

An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection

October 4, 2011 — Many thanks to Searle Whitney for this article.  As Searle said in his email to me,  Gretchen Daly is in the Biology Department at Stanford and has written many great articles on integrating our economic system with the planet’s biological systems.  This article focuses...

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October 3, 2011

Our blue planet is now ‘tragically in peril’

October 3, 2011 — Thanks to John Rowley of People & Planet for this article.  See http://www.peopleandplanet.net/?lid=29874&section=35&topic=27 Our blue planet is now ‘tragically in peril’ Posted: 16 June 2011 Author: Don Hinrichsen Don Hinrichsen, Contributing Editor to Planet 21 and author of the recently published Atlas of Coasts...

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October 3, 2011

Socially Conscious Condoms Give New Meaning to “Good in Bed”

October 3, 2011 — Thanks to Jennifer Prediger for this article. See http://www.good.is/post/learn-to-be-good-in-bed-with-socially-conscious-condoms Socially Conscious Condoms Give New Meaning to “Good in Bed” August 29, 2011 · 5:30 am PDT Meet Lucy. She’s a plaid, 1971 Volkswagen “condom bus,” and the esteemed emissary of Sir Richard’s, a socially...

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August 15, 2011

Education Leads to Lower Fertility and Increased Prosperity

August 15, 2011 — Thanks to Lester Brown and Earth Policy Institute for this article.  See  www.earth-policy.org/data_highlights/2011/highlights13 Education Leads to Lower Fertility and Increased Prosperity By Brigid Fitzgerald Reading Earth Policy Release Data Highlights May 12, 2011 As the world continues to add close to 80 million people...

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August 15, 2011

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased almost sixfold

August 15, 2011 — Thanks to Ed Levering for this article.  See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13449792 19 May 2011 Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased almost sixfold, new data suggests. Satellite images show deforestation increased from 103 sq km in March and April...

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August 15, 2011

Poor nations turn to dolphin meat

August 15, 2011 — Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article.  See http://blogs.nature.com/news/2011/05/poor_nations_turn_to_dolphin_m.html Poor nations turn to dolphin meat May 17, 2011 Martin Robards and Randy Reeves have spent years gathering all the data they could get their hands on about the hunting of marine mammals, from dolphins...

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August 12, 2011

Deadline for Submissions to Population Institute’s 32nd Annual Global Media Awards is September 7th

August 12, 2011 — 2011 Call For Entries 32nd Global Media Awards The Population Institute’s Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues. The award honors those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population problems through their journalistic endeavors in a meritorious...

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July 7, 2011

The decline of agriculture? Climate change induced extreme weather events and shifting weather patterns are challenging farmer’s ability to feed us.

July 7, 2011 — By Dahr Jamail Aljazeera – July 4, 2011 http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201173114451998370.html Wendy Johnston with Oakwyn Farms in Athens, West Virginia, is deeply concerned about how shifting weather patterns are impacting farmers’ ability to feed the global population. “This year we’re off to a slow start,” Johnston,...

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July 7, 2011

Climate Change: It’s bad and getting worse – Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences to come

July 7, 2011 — By Dahr Jamail Aljazeera – June 23, 2011 http://aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/06/2011622132049568952.html The rate of ice loss in two of Greenland’s largest glaciers has increased so much in the last 10 years that the amount of melted water would be enough to completely fill Lake Erie, one...

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July 7, 2011

Reawakening the Grand Narrative

July 7, 2011 — By Jeff Gomez Tribecafilm.com – May 9, 2011 http://www.tribecafilm.com/tribecaonline/future-of-film/Reawakening-the-Grand-Narrative.html While traveling a few weeks back I had the good fortune to meet an Egyptian scholar. “Isn’t it wonderful,” I said, “how the Internet and social media were used by your people to free themselves...

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July 6, 2011

UN Press Conference Features PMC’s Radio Dramas in Papua New Guinea

July 6, 2011 — On May 19th, The United Nations Papua New Guinea hosted a press conference featuring Dr. Zoanne Clack who was visiting the writers, producers, and actors of PMC’s two radio drama series in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as part of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals...

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