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October 9, 2014

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October 7, 2014

Aid agencies at breaking point: UN refugee Chief

October 7, 2014 — Aid agencies at breaking point: UN refugee Chief  See: http://www.enca.com/aid-agencies-breaking-point-un-refugee-chief GENEVA – Aid agencies are close to breaking point in their efforts to help millions of desperate victims of conflicts around the globe, UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres warned on Friday. “The international humanitarian community...

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October 6, 2014

The rates of child births in Uganda should be of major concern

October 6, 2014 — The rates of child births in Uganda should be of major concern  See: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/660320-the-rates-of-child-births-in-uganda-should-be-of-major-conce.html At this year’s International Community of the Banyakigenzi Convention (ICOB), held August 2014, from Washington DC, I was one of the guest speakers. I presented a paper titled “the impact of...

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October 5, 2014

No Undue Burden? What Texas’ HB 2 Means for Maria

October 5, 2014 — No Undue Burden? What Texas’ HB 2 Means for Maria  See: http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/10/03/undue-burden-texas-hb-2-means-maria/ The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled that the State of Texas can now enforce HB 2, the omnibus anti-choice law that mandates that legal abortion facilities meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and...

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October 4, 2014

Teenage Girls Given Choice of Free Contraceptives Get Far Fewer Abortions

October 4, 2014 — Teenage Girls Given Choice of Free Contraceptives Get Far Fewer Abortions  See: http://time.com/3453184/free-contraceptives-cut-teen-abortion-rates/ Girls allowed to choose between free contraceptive methods had 76% fewer abortions than their peers in the general population – and most chose IUDs Three in 10 teenage girls in the U.S...

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October 3, 2014

A Mother in Jail for Helping Her Daughter Have an Abortion

October 3, 2014 — A Mother in Jail for Helping Her Daughter Have an Abortion See: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/magazine/a-mother-in-jail-for-helping-her-daughter-have-an-abortion.html?_r=2 On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three in the rural town of Washingtonville, Pa., went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering...

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October 2, 2014

Test Podcast 1 for Nigeria

October 2, 2014 — This is a test podcast for Nigeria.

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October 2, 2014

Applying the Sabido Methodology: A Story of Community Heath Work in Burundi

October 2, 2014 — “My name [is] Jeanne d’Arc Butoyi. I live in Muremera, in the Ndava region of Cibitoke Province. I am thirty-five years old, a farmer, and a community organizer. I went to school but eventually left during high school, when I was in eighth grade....

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October 1, 2014

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

October 1, 2014 — Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats See: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/29/earth-lost-50-wildlife-in-40-years-wwf The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the...

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October 1, 2014

Thirty Countries to Participate in World Vasectomy Day, Nov. 7, 2014

October 1, 2014 — Thirty Countries to Participate in World Vasectomy Day, Nov. 7, 2014  Goal is to inspire doctors in 30 countries to perform as many vasectomies as possible in 24 hours while launching global dialogue about men’s role in family planning  New York, NY, Sept. 3, 2014—Doctors...

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October 1, 2014

Furthering the Field: PMC Shares New Knowledge

October 1, 2014 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT– This September, the International Journal of Population Research  published an article looking at a unique aspect of behavior change relating to family planning and reproductive health: how much did those changes rely on perception of gender norms? “Gender and Reproductive Outcomes:...

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September 30, 2014

Nearly half of global trash is burned, creating more pollution than reported: study

September 30, 2014 — Nearly half of global trash is burned, creating more pollution than reported: study Study says nearly half of garbage is incinerated, much unreported See: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/28/world/science-health-world/global-trash-burning-more-polluting-than-expected/#.VCnwKvldW8y NEW DELHI – Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to...

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September 29, 2014

Teenage girls in southern Malawi reject ‘sexual cleansing’

September 29, 2014 — Teenage girls in southern Malawi reject ‘sexual cleansing’ Local organisations are helping girls speak out so communities can abandon child marriage and other harmful practices   See: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/sep/18/end-child-marriage-malawi-girls?CMP=twt_gu Memory Banda beat the odds. In Malawi, five out of every 10 girls marry before the age of...

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September 28, 2014

In family planning, no one-size-fits-all approach

September 28, 2014 — In family planning, no one-size-fits-all approach  See: https://www.devex.com/news/in-family-planning-no-one-size-fits-all-approach-84423 What’s your vision for the family planning program at the Gates Foundation? As the new director of family planning, what new accents are you hoping to set? Our strategy is focused on driving forward the momentum needed...

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September 27, 2014

Time to invest In international family planning

September 27, 2014 — Time to invest In international family planning See: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/218949-time-to-invest-in-international-family-planning By U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. Right now, leaders from around the world are gathered at the United Nations to discuss the best solutions to address some of the world’s biggest challenges – from poverty, to...

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September 27, 2014

An outlier on women’s health care

September 27, 2014 — Our View: LePage clearly an outlier on women’s health care He espouses the illogical belief that ending abortion will help Maine sustain its population. At the same time, he cuts services that actually benefit low-income adults and families. Written by Portland Press Herald See: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/25/our-view-lepage-clearly-an-outlier-on-womens-health-care/...

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September 26, 2014

Contraception: Saving Lives… and the Planet

September 26, 2014 — Contraception: Saving Lives… and the Planet  See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/contraception-saving-live_b_5884600.html   On Friday, September 26, the world is celebrating World Contraception Day. Okay, ‘celebrating’ may be too strong a word. ‘Observing’ may be more like it. And the number of people actually observing the day in some...

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September 25, 2014

Beyond Marriage

September 25, 2014 — Beyond Marriage  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/opinion/sunday/beyond-marriage.html?emc=eta1&_r=1   MARRIAGE is disappearing. More than 40 percent of new mothers are unmarried. Many young adults drift into parenthood unintentionally. They may be cohabiting at the time of their child’s birth, but about half of these couples will have split up...

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September 25, 2014

High Listenership and Good Stories Combine for Large-Scale Behavior Change in Sierra Leone

September 25, 2014 — FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE– Imagine that for 53 cents, you could reach someone in Sierra Leone with entertaining stories that educate about family planning and using bednets to prevent malaria. A United States nonprofit discovered this month that they didn’t have to imagine – the...

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September 24, 2014

Condoms and Soap Operas to Save the World: A Forum in Arizona

September 24, 2014 — TUCSON, ARIZONA– About 140 people learned about endangered species condoms and soap operas as methods to save the world on September 10th in Tucson, Arizona. The event, titled “How Can Condoms and Soap Operas Save the World?” was co-hosted by the Arizona Chapter of...

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September 23, 2014

In Texas & Around The World: Women’s Rights Matter for The Environment

September 23, 2014 — Why Women’s Rights Matter for The Environment See: http://www.tribtalk.org/2014/09/16/why-womens-rights-matter-for-the-environment/ Texas women have suffered major setbacks to their reproductive health and rights this year.   At the federal level, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has made it more difficult for women to access their contraceptive...

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September 21, 2014

New Study Finds that 40% of Pregnancies Worldwide are Unintended

September 21, 2014 — NEW STUDY FINDS THAT 40% OF PREGNANCIES WORLDWIDE ARE UNINTENDED Findings Highlight Need for Increased Investment in Contraceptive Services See: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/09/17/sfp-sedgh-up.html Of the 213 million pregnancies that occurred worldwide in 2012, 40%-about 85 million-were unintended, about the same proportion as in 2008, when 42% of...

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September 20, 2014

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

September 20, 2014 — World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline See: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/world-population-new-study-11bn-2100 The world’s population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the...

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September 19, 2014

Hey, U.N.: Climate change and population are related

September 19, 2014 — Hey, U.N.: Climate change and population are related  See: http://grist.org/climate-energy/hey-u-n-climate-change-and-population-are-related/ On Sept. 22 and 23, the United Nations will host separate daylong conferences on two issues of incalculable importance to the future of humanity: population andclimate change. Though the two meetings will take place just one day apart,...

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September 18, 2014

Rapid UK population growth undermines living standards, but may be necessary for economic growth

September 18, 2014 — Rapid UK population growth undermines living standards, but may be necessary for economic growth  See: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-rapid-uk-population-growth-undermines.html   The traditional link between population growth and economic growth has been weakened in the UK, according to academics at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).   The...

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September 17, 2014

Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other

September 17, 2014 — Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other  See: http://passblue.com/2014/09/16/climate-change-and-world-population-still-avoiding-each-other/ Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance...

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September 16, 2014

Video: The Eighth Billion

September 16, 2014 — The Eighth Billion See: http://vimeo.com/102369639 Technology, rising material consumption, and what could be called a pandemic of “nature deficit disorders” are causing the loss of large areas of wilderness and ecosystem services, but the greatest threat can be traced to growing numbers of people. The...

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September 15, 2014

Population, not politics, threatens Pakistan

September 15, 2014 — Population, not politics, threatens Pakistan  See: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/67778df6-38ec-11e4-a53b-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3CwnJ1R31 While the politicians fight each other in Islamabad for control of Pakistan, they make no mention in their fiery speeches of the real crisis likely to stunt prosperity for generations. According to economists and demographers, the explosion that endangers...

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September 14, 2014

Hobby Lobby Creates Open Season For Birth Control Lawsuits

September 14, 2014 — Hobby Lobby Creates Open Season For Birth Control Lawsuits  See: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/hobby-lobby-declared-open-season-for-birth-control-lawsuits Ten weeks after Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling has emboldened a swath of separate legal attacks on birth control, many of which experts say have a real chance of succeeding. In a...

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September 13, 2014

A billion Africans under 18 by mid-century: More jobs, or more angry youth?

September 13, 2014 — A billion Africans under 18 by mid-century: More jobs, or more angry youth? Arguments that a large African labor pool brings growth through expanded light manufacturing, is belied by the fact that African labor markets aren’t now absorbing a vast and growing supply of...

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September 12, 2014

Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

September 12, 2014 — Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security  See: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/africas-dividing-farmlands-a-threat-to-food-security/ NAIROBI, Sep 10 2014 (IPS) – When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya’s Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land...

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September 11, 2014

Stoddard: Bill Ryerson, Global Vermonter

September 11, 2014 — Stoddard: Bill Ryerson, Global Vermonter  See: http://digital.vpr.net/post/stoddard-bill-ryerson-global-vermonter In his office in Shelburne VT, Bill Ryerson, founder and president of Population Media Center or PMC is unassuming, as he jokes about a foot-high stack of folders on his desk he still needs to deal with at...

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September 10, 2014

Okotoks gets ready for the big boom with 60-year-plan

September 10, 2014 — Okotoks gets ready for the big boom with 60-year-plan City with small-town soul plans for impressive growth See: HERE No longer a sleepy bedroom community for Calgary, Okotoks has a 60-year growth plan that could see the population triple, says a town official. One key...

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September 9, 2014

Democratic Republic of the Congo Tunes in their Radios on September 16th

September 9, 2014 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO–A new radio show airing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn’t promise to solve every challenge, but it is promising top-notch entertainment that will spur conversation and change. Radio Okapi, a nationwide radio station in the Democratic...

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September 9, 2014

Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

September 9, 2014 — Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development  See: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/09/231385.htm SECRETARY KERRY: Anne, thank you. Thanks so much for that terrific introduction. Most importantly, thank you very, very much. You are a spectacular, powerful, wonderfully dedicated, and extraordinarily – I’m lucky...

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September 8, 2014

Three Limits to Growth

September 8, 2014 — Three Limits to Growth  See: http://steadystate.org/three-limits-to-growth/ As production (real GDP) grows, its marginal utility declines, because we satisfy our most important needs first. Likewise, the marginal disutilitiy inflicted by growth increases, because as the economy expands into the ecosphere we sacrifice our least important ecological...

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September 8, 2014

Barber Shop and Beauty Salon Program Extends Family Planning Services to Liberians

September 8, 2014 — Barber Shop and Beauty Salon Program Extends Family Planning Services to Liberians  See: http://www.jhpiego.org/sw/content/barber-shop-and-beauty-salon-program-extends-family-planning-services-liberians Monrovia, Liberia-When Gbeni Taylor was 16, she learned she was pregnant and worried how she would tell her family. It was a frightening and uncertain time for her and one that...

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September 7, 2014

Population stabilization is not enough to save Earth

September 7, 2014 — Population stabilization is not enough to save Earth See: http://www.africasciencenews.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=982:population-stabilization-is-not-enough-to-save-earth&catid=52:environment&Itemid=115 As a college undergraduate years ago majoring in forestry and wildlife management, I took an elective philosophy course in logic. One of the key takeaways that I still remember more than three decades later is...

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September 6, 2014

Around The “Limited” World — In 5 Short Stories

September 6, 2014 — Cape Cod’s namesake fish population rapidly disappearing See: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cod-fishing-20140831-story.html There aren’t enough cod left on Cape Cod.   That soon becomes evident to the tourists crowding an observation deck to watch fishermen unload their boats in this picturesque harbor sheltered from the ocean by sandy...

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September 4, 2014

Why the Earth is Farting

September 4, 2014 — Why the Earth is Farting See: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/opinion/weisman-craters-methane/index.html?iref=allsearch (CNN) — Every day, you have a close personal encounter with methane, a key ingredient of something we don’t usually mention in polite company: farts. Perhaps that’s why methane is also called “natural gas.” Unfortunately, neither propriety nor intestinal discipline...

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September 3, 2014

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse

September 3, 2014 — Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon. See: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/limits-to-growth-was-right-new-research-shows-were-nearing-collapse The 1972 book...

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September 2, 2014

Africa’s child demographics and the world’s future

September 2, 2014 — Africa’s child demographics and the world’s future  See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61331-3/fulltext?_eventId=login In 1950, only about a tenth of the world’s children lived in Africa.1 Within 50 years, that proportion almost doubled, and it is set to double again by the middle of the 21st century, leaving Africa with...

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September 1, 2014

10m Ugandans will be hunting for jobs by 2020

September 1, 2014 — 10m Ugandans will be hunting for jobs by 2020 See: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/10m-Ugandans-will-be-hunting-for-jobs-by-2020/-/688334/2428746/-/r7o38cz/-/index.html KAMPALA- The number of Ugandans in search for jobs could shoot up to 10 million by 2020, piling more pressure on job creation and attempts at achieving economic equality, according to a World Bank report....

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August 31, 2014

Congressional Candidate Trolls Anti-Choice Group With ‘Prevent Abortion’ Condoms

August 31, 2014 — Congressional Candidate Trolls Anti-Choice Group With ‘Prevent Abortion’ Condoms  See: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/26/3475633/james-woods-abortion-condoms/ When the National Pro-Life Alliance asked congressional candidate James Woods (D-AZ) to fill out a survey about whether he supports the “sanctity of life,” Woods came back with an unusual response. He pointed out that...

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August 30, 2014

The Effect of Overpopulation on Public Health

August 30, 2014 — The Effect of Overpopulation on Public Health See: http://www.mphonline.org/overpopulation-public-health/ The world population is growing at an alarming rate. But overpopulation is seldom discussed as a public health issue. Just how many of us are there and how is our rising population affecting human health?

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August 29, 2014

Economic Abundance With Shrinking Population: Why Not?

August 29, 2014 — Economic Abundance With Shrinking Population: Why Not? See: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanlewis/2014/08/28/economic-abundance-with-shrinking-population-why-not/ Perhaps one of the silliest myths around today, in my opinion, is the notion that a shrinking overall population naturally causes or leads to economic decline. This is gradually becoming more immediately relevant, as the fertility rate...

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August 28, 2014

Exposing the great ‘poverty reduction’ lie

August 28, 2014 — Exposing the great ‘poverty reduction’ lie The UN claims that its Millennium Development Campaign has reduced poverty globally, an assertion that is far from true. See: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/exposing-great-poverty-reductio-201481211590729809.html The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon...

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August 27, 2014

Japan: ‘Groundwork needed to stem population decline’

August 27, 2014 — ‘Groundwork needed to stem population decline’ See: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001510864 Former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Hiroya Masuda has long grappled with various issues arising from a continued decline in the nation’s population. In an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun, Masuda said now is the time for...

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August 26, 2014

How can we stop the world from having too many babies? Feed more people

August 26, 2014 — How can we stop the world from having too many babies? Feed more people  See: http://grist.org/food/to-end-population-growth-spread-the-wealth/ Zoom out on the graph of human population until it encompasses the entire timeline of our species and you’ll notice something alarming. It looks like a right angle, with...

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August 25, 2014

Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals

August 25, 2014 — Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-babatunde-osotimehin/expanding-sexual-reproduc_b_5685822.html With just 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we must all intensify our actions to hit our targets, especially the MDG 5 targets to reduce maternal death and achieve universal reproductive...

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August 24, 2014

Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines

August 24, 2014 — Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines  See: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/reproductive-healthphilippines/ MARK LITKE: It’s 8 a.m. at the Jose Favella hospital in the Philippine capital, Manila. In the past 12 hours there have been about 40 births, a fairly average night for one of the world’s busiest...

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August 23, 2014

Cost of Raising Child in U.S. Climbs to $245,340

August 23, 2014 — Cost of Raising Child in U.S. Climbs to $245,340, Smallest Rise Since 2009  See: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-08-18/cost-of-raising-child-climbs-at-slowest-pace-since-2009#p1 The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born last year to age 18 is $245,340, a 1.8 percent increase from the previous year and the smallest jump...

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August 22, 2014

Long-Term Answer to Border Crises: Empower Women

August 22, 2014 — Long-Term Answer to Border Crises: Empower Women  Border crises flare as government policies neglect inequality, family planning and gender mainstreaming See: http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/long-term-answer-border-crises-family-planning MEXICO CITY: The United States has a border crisis – with more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors streaming into the country overwhelming the administration....

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August 21, 2014

Do We Really Need Another Walmart More Than We Need Wildlife?

August 21, 2014 — Do We Really Need Another Walmart More Than We Need Wildlife?  See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-feldstein/do-we-really-need-another_1_b_5682478.html It doesn’t get much more David versus Goliath than this: In South Florida endangered butterflies and bats are clinging to the last remaining pine rockland forest habitat where a developer wants to...

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August 20, 2014

100,000 Elephants Killed In 3 Years As Poaching Rates Climb In Africa, Study Finds

August 20, 2014 — 100,000 Elephants Killed In 3 Years As Poaching Rates Climb In Africa, Study Finds  See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/100000-elephants-killed_n_5688893.html NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals...

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August 19, 2014

Call for Applications, Deadline 8/22/2014

August 19, 2014 — Call for Applications: See: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=302c6990dc3b5cfe595793def&id=b1d248218a&e=7ac8664768 The OASIS Initiative is currently seeking nominations for Fellows and for facilitators for theSahel Leadership Program (PLS). The PLS will be co-hosted by Abdou Moumouni University (UAM) in Niamey, the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) based at the University of Ouagadougou...

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August 18, 2014

Safety nets for birth control coverage aren’t working in U.S.A.

August 18, 2014 — Safety nets for birth control coverage aren’t working The number of poor women who need contraception has gone up nearly a quarter. The number getting it has dropped See: HERE Between 2000 and 2012, the number of American women in need of publicly funded family...

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August 17, 2014

Battle of perspectives over Africa’s 2050 population boom

August 17, 2014 — Battle of perspectives over Africa’s 2050 population boom See: https://www.devex.com/news/battle-of-perspectives-over-africa-s-2050-population-boom-84098 No one doubts that Africa’s population will grow meteorically in the next decades. The continent is expected to go from being home to 15 percent of the world’s population at present to 25 percent of...

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August 16, 2014

When Fewer is Better

August 16, 2014 — When Fewer is Better See: http://www.project-syndicate.org/print/adair-turner-makes-the-economic-case-for-demographic-stabilization LONDON – Is a shrinking population always a bad thing? Judging by the lamentations of some economists and policymakers in the advanced economies, where people are living longer and birth rates have fallen below replacement levels, one certainly might...

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August 15, 2014

UNICEF Report: Africa’s Population Could Hit 4 Billion By 2100

August 15, 2014 — UNICEF Report: Africa’s Population Could Hit 4 Billion By 2100  See: http://tpr.org/post/unicef-report-africas-population-could-hit-4-billion-2100 “The future of humanity is increasingly African.” That’s the prediction in a new UNICEF report, which estimates that by the end of this century, 40 percent of the world’s people will be African...

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August 14, 2014

Dick Smith challenges ‘faith’ in benefits of population and economic growth

August 14, 2014 — Dick Smith challenges ‘faith’ in benefits of population and economic growth See: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/dick-smith-challenges-faith-in-benefits-of-population-and-economic-growth-20140813-3dmx0.html Dick Smith has warned against unchecked population growth but says Australia’s politicians are not “game” enough to talk about the issue. In an address to the National Press Club on Wednesday, the businessman...

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August 13, 2014

Not Yet?

August 13, 2014 — Not Yet? See: http://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/not-yet/ The summer 2014 issue of CALIFORNIA, the magazine of the University of California Alumni Association, was touted as the “Apocalypse Issue.” It contained articles, mostly excellent, on a series of potential California and global problems: asteroid collision, epidemics, extinction, climate disruption...

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August 12, 2014

Call for Entries for the Population Institute’s 35th Annual Global Media Awards

August 12, 2014 — Call for Entries for the Population Institute’s 35th Annual Global Media Awards  See: http://www.populationinstitute.org/programs/gma/ Each year PI honors journalists, filmmakers, radio and television show hosts, and editorial cartoonists from around the world who write about population issues. The awards are designed to promote accurate and...

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August 11, 2014

Planetary health: a call for papers

August 11, 2014 — Planetary health: a call for papers  See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61289-7/fulltext We live in the Anthropocene era when humanity’s impact on both biological and geophysical systems is becoming increasingly dominant. Environmental trends, including large-scale changes to climate, water, and natural habitats, pose important challenges to sustaining the biosphere...

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August 10, 2014

Announcing World Vasectomy Day, 2014

August 10, 2014 — Announcing World Vasectomy Day, 2014  See: http://worldvasectomyday.org/ Written by Jonathan Stack, Founder of World Vasectomy Day On October 18th, 2013 we launched World Vasectomy Day. Our purpose was to bring attention to the issue of population on the planet and work together across borders to...

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August 9, 2014

Uganda Teen Pregnancies’ Plan Under Fire

August 9, 2014 — Uganda Teen Pregnancies’ Plan Under Fire  See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201407270016.html?viewall=1 Kampala – A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. The one year campaign “Let Girls Be Girls”...

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August 8, 2014

My Turn: Raising awareness about population issues

August 8, 2014 — My Turn: Raising awareness about population issues See: http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_66d419b4-18d0-11e4-97c2-001a4bcf887a.html On July 11 people around the world took part in World Population Day to raise awareness about population issues. But here in the United States, we don´t talk enough about the specific effects our exploding numbers...

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August 7, 2014

US, African leaders must tackle child marriage

August 7, 2014 — US, African leaders must tackle child marriage  See: https://www.devex.com/news/us-african-leaders-must-tackle-child-marriage-84051 This week, more than 40 African heads of state are in Washington, D.C., for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The theme is “Investing in the Next Generation,” which is fitting given the youthful demographics of the continent and the...

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August 6, 2014

Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population

August 6, 2014 — Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/business/economy/population-curbs-as-a-means-to-cut-carbon-emissions.html?_r=0 Remember the population explosion? When population was growing at its fastest rate in human history in the decades after World War II, the sense that overpopulation was stunting economic development and stoking political instability took hold from New...

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August 5, 2014

In South Sudan, opposition to family planning exacerbates reproductive health needs

August 5, 2014 — In South Sudan, opposition to family planning exacerbates reproductive health needs  See: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/17917 WAU, South Sudan – The need for reproductive health care remains overwhelming in South Sudan. Even before the current humanitarian crisis erupted in December of last year, the country had one of the...

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August 4, 2014

Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment Aims to Shed Light on Pop-Environment Link

August 4, 2014 — Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment Aims to Shed Light on Pop-Environment Link  See: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/08/family-planning-environmental-sustainability-assessment-aims-shed-light-population-environment-link/ As global environmental change accelerates, understanding how population dynamics affect the environment is more important than ever. It seems obvious that human-caused climate change has at least something to do...

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August 3, 2014

Hot Hulu web novella ‘East Los High’ spans media platforms to help young Latinos make smart choices, researchers say

August 3, 2014 — Hot Hulu web novella ‘East Los High’ spans media platforms to help young Latinos make smart choices, researchers say See: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/07/024.html BUFFALO, N.Y. – “East Los High,” the trailblazing, addictive and hugely popular Hulu original series, uses a range of digital media platforms to involve...

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August 2, 2014

Africa has a billion soccer fans, but doesn’t need a billion more

August 2, 2014 — Guest commentary: Africa has a billion soccer fans, but doesn’t need a billion more  See: http://www.insidebayarea.com/opinion/ci_26212369/guest-commentary-africa-has-billion-soccer-fans-but My work in Mozambique was marked by World Cup fever. I arrived here a few weeks before the start of the games and soon joined fellow soccer-crazed fans in...

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August 1, 2014

Family planning: Ugandan president’s change of heart

August 1, 2014 — Family planning: Ugandan president’s change of heart  See: http://www.theafricareport.com/East-Horn-Africa/family-planning-ugandan-presidents-change-of-heart.html Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has scored an impressive first, as for the first time, since coming into power almost 30 years ago, he has lent support to family planning efforts, as the country’s rising population raises...

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July 31, 2014

How the right contraceptive can change a woman’s life

July 31, 2014 — How the right contraceptive can change a woman’s life PATH’s Sara Tifft describes the global effort that’s helping expand family planning options in four African nations, starting with Burkina Faso See: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/partner-zone-path/contraceptive-change-womans-life It’s about choice. All women, no matter where they live, should have access...

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