Category Archives: Daily Email


December 19, 2016

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

December 19, 2016 — Indian activists welcome top court ban on ‘sterilization camps’ after women’s deaths See: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-women-sterilisation-idUSKCN11M1YT NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women’s health activists on Friday cheered a ruling by India’s top court ordering the government to shut down “sterilization camps” within three years following...

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October 3, 2016

Population Growth Extremes: Doublers and Decliners

October 3, 2016 — Population Growth Extremes: Doublers and Decliners See: http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/09/population-growth-extremes-doublers-and-decliners/ NEW YORK, Sep 23 2016 (IPS) – While the world’s population of 7.4 billion is growing at 1.1 percent per year – about half the peak level of the late 1960s – enormous differences in demographic...

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September 30, 2016

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

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

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September 29, 2016

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

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

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September 27, 2016

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

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

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September 26, 2016

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

September 26, 2016 — WORLD LEADERS MUST ACT NOW TO ADDRESS A GLOBAL CONTRACEPTIVE CRISIS See: http://www.rhsupplies.org/activities-resources/groups/advocacy-and-accountability-working-group/petition/ This week, world leaders are gathered at the U.N. General Assembly to discuss the future of the Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately they are ignoring a global contraceptive crisis that threatens to...

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September 23, 2016

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

September 23, 2016 — Abe: Japan’s shrinking population not burden but incentive See: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-abe-new-york-idUSKCN11R1N1 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan’s aging, shrinking population was not a burden, but an incentive to boost productivity through innovations like robots, wireless sensors and Artificial Intelligence. Abe’s comments on Wednesday came days...

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September 22, 2016

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

September 22, 2016 — Alex Morton: Patel’s best possible aid policy – access to universal contraception See: http://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2016/09/alex-morton-patels-best-possible-aid-policy-access-to-universal-contraception.html Priti Patel is making, as you might expect from a rising star, excellent noises about making overseas aid more efficient and more effective. But so did Justine Greening and so...

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September 21, 2016

Philippines Supreme Court Keeps Judicial Foot on Throat of RH Law

September 21, 2016 — No lifting of TRO on contraceptive implants, says SC See: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/814929/no-lifting-of-tro-on-contraceptive-implants-says-sc The Supreme Court has denied the government’s request to lift the restraining order on the procurement, selling, distributing, dispensing,  administering and promoting contraceptive implants. A restraining order was issued in July last year...

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September 20, 2016

Melinda Gates Interviews on Foundation’s Gender Equity Focus

September 20, 2016 — Gates says too many programs miss the mark because their influence on women and girls is not taken into consideration. See: http://www.macleans.ca/news/melinda-gates-on-sexism-contraceptives-and-international-development/ The wealthiest private foundation in history is tackling its most ambitious project ever: eliminating inequalities between the sexes. This is a major shift...

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September 16, 2016

Philosophical Friday: The Population Bioethicist Strikes Back at Critics

September 16, 2016 — Bioethicist: The climate crisis calls for fewer children See: https://theconversation.com/bioethicist-the-climate-crisis-calls-for-fewer-children-65014 Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children. NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden profiled some of my...

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September 15, 2016

Meeting the SDGs Will Lead to Smaller Global Population Growth

September 15, 2016 — Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals leads to lower world population growth See: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13348/ Here we show to what extent expected world population growth will be lower as a consequence of implementing the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include specific quantitative targets...

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September 14, 2016

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

September 14, 2016 — New Zika Report: Women in Areas Most at Risk Have the Least Access to Reproductive Health See: https://www.populationinstitute.org/newsroom/news/view/73/ As Congress prepares to pass a much needed funding bill to fight the Zika outbreak, a new report by Population Institute, Double Trouble, shows that there...

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September 13, 2016

High Powered Catholics Debunk Humanae Vitae, Seek Further Support

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

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September 12, 2016

Congestion and Housing Shortages “Symptoms of Success” in Sydney

September 12, 2016 — Sydney population booms and the only way is up and in See: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-population-booms-and-the-only-way-is-up-and-in-20160911-grdv4b.html The population of Sydney is surging faster than predicted, putting more pressure on the city’s already-stretched housing and transport needs, new official forecasts show. Described by Planning Minister Rob Stokes as...

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September 9, 2016

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

September 9, 2016 — Nigeria Facing ‘a Famine Unlike Any We Have Ever Seen’ See: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/09/world/africa/ap-af-nigeria-boko-haram-starvation.html?_r=0 MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to...

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September 8, 2016

Another Look at Pakistan’s Family Planning Mess

September 8, 2016 — Family planning awareness low on government’s priorities See: http://www.dawn.com/news/1282608/family-planning-awareness-low-on-governments-priorities KARACHI: Over two decades into the practice, Dr Azra Ahsan has noticed that many couples who come seeking obstetric or gynaecological advice are uncomfortable about telling the exact number of children they have. When she...

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September 7, 2016

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

September 7, 2016 — Here come the young: the next world population boom The population of people under the age of 30 in fragile and unstable countries is going to skyrocket. And the world is not ready for them. See: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/09/04/Here-come-the-young-the-next-world-population-boom/stories/201608210045 As tweets and headlines skip from crisis...

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September 6, 2016

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

September 6, 2016 — Investing in the youth to curb poverty See: http://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/features/53283-investing-in-the-youth-to-curb-poverty IN order to realise the opportunity of a demographic dividend, Tanzania must invest in its young people. Access to family planning for young people is key to enabling the requisite shift in the dependency ratio...

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September 2, 2016

Using Entertainment to Raise Awareness of Emergency Contraception

September 2, 2016 — A script-writer walks into a pharmacy… See: http://rightsandrealities.org/2016/08/29/scriptwriter-ec/ “What happened when you went to the pharmacy and asked for emergency contraception?” Melissa surveyed a room full of television and radio writers attending a workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The participants looked around,...

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September 1, 2016

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

September 1, 2016 — The empty crib See: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21705678-our-poll-19-countries-reveals-neglected-global-scourge-number-would-be-parents-who ALTHOUGH he recently lost his job, T. R. Seshadri is a contented middle-aged man. He rides a Royal Enfield motorbike and plays badminton every day. Two years ago he acquired a small flat on the outskirts of Mumbai, which he...

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August 31, 2016

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

August 31, 2016 — Condoms and Conservation: Using Birth Control to Help Save the Planet See: https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/condoms-and-conservation-using-birth-control-to-help-save-the-planet/ It all began when some women asked for contraceptive advice from a pair of doctors working for a small international research group surveying the oceans in southern Madagascar. At the time, Blue Ventures was...

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August 30, 2016

Integrating Wildlife Conservation and Human Health in Uganda

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

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August 29, 2016

High Birth Rates & Poverty Undermine a Generation of African Children

August 29, 2016 — High birth rates and poverty undermine a generation of African children – report See: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/aug/25/high-birth-rates-poverty-undermine-generation-african-children-odi-report African children will make up nearly half the world’s poorest people by 2030 if nothing is done to reverse existing trends, according to a report. Despite economic growth, one in...

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August 26, 2016

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

August 26, 2016 — Meet the “stupid, evil” eco-radicals who want you to stop having children See: http://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_august_22 A “philosopher” named Travis Rieder has taken “reduce, reuse, recycle” to its logical conclusion. He’s calling for “population engineering.” The thing is: Dr. Rieder has a child of his own. It’s...

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August 25, 2016

Population Reference Bureau Issues 2016 World Population Data Sheet

August 25, 2016 — 2016 World Population Data Sheet See: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2016/2016-world-population-data-sheet.aspx (August 2016) The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to projections included in the 2016 World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). The world population would...

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August 24, 2016

New Human Footprint Study Confounds Understanding of Human Footprint

August 24, 2016 — Human footprint surprisingly outpaced by population and economic growth See: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-human-footprint-surprisingly-outpaced-population.html The global impact of human activities on the natural environment is extensive, but those impacts are expanding at a slower rate than the rate of economic and population growth. This is one key finding...

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August 23, 2016

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

August 23, 2016 — Budget for birthrate program badly mishandled See: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3022937&cloc=joongangdaily%7Chome%7Cnewslist1 Although the national government spent 151 trillion won ($134 billion) in the past decade to boost the low fertility rates and address the problem of Korea’s aging society, little changed since. In fact, the nation’s fertility rate...

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August 22, 2016

Malawi: Population Growth Amid Poverty, Drought & Felled Trees

August 22, 2016 — Poverty, Drought and Felled Trees Imperil Malawi Water Supply See: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/world/africa/poverty-drought-malawi-water-supply.html DZALANYAMA FOREST RESERVE, Malawi – Out of desperation, soldiers were dispatched to the national forest here last year to defend the capital, Lilongwe, less than 30 miles away. Their mission was not to save...

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August 19, 2016

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

August 19, 2016 — Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change? See: http://www.npr.org/2016/08/18/479349760/should-we-be-having-kids-in-the-age-of-climate-change Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many. He’s at James Madison University in southwest...

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August 18, 2016

Family Planning Donors Abandoning Ghana at The Exact Wrong Time

August 18, 2016 — Ghana needs 300,000 jobs annually – World Bank See: http://pulse.com.gh/news/unemployment-ghana-needs-300-000-jobs-annually-world-bank-id5390578.html Ghana needs to create 300,000 new jobs annually in order to meet its employment needs by the year 2020. This is according to the World Bank’s Senior Country Operations Officer, Dr Beatrix Allah-Mensah who was...

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August 17, 2016

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

August 17, 2016 — Child brides sold for cows: The price of being a girl in South Sudan        See: http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-south-sudan-child-marriage-snap-story.html When the girl was 16, her uncle told her he was taking her to the family village. Excited about the trip, she packed the few things...

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August 16, 2016

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

August 16, 2016 — The Historic Reversal of Populations See: http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/08/the-historic-reversal-of-populations/ NEW YORK, Aug 8 2016 (IPS) – It first happened in Italy in 1995.Five years later it happened in six additional countries, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Japan, Portugal and Spain. Today the total number of countries where it has occurred...

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August 15, 2016

Men and Contraception: A Necessary Disruption of the Status Quo

August 15, 2016 — Men and Contraception: A Necessary Disruption of the Status Quo See: https://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/men-contraception-necessary-disruption-status-quo-kt/ James Ngugi is proud of his vasectomy. The father of five lives with his wife Leah and their children in Kayole, a poor section of Nairobi, Kenya. Leah had suffered complications with each...

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August 12, 2016

In Middle East, Temperatures and Populations Soar Apace

August 12, 2016 — An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/an-epic-middle-east-heat-wave-could-be-global-warmings-hellish-curtain-raiser/2016/08/09/c8c717d4-5992-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html BAGHDAD – Record-shattering temperatures this summer have scorched countries from Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, as climate experts warn that the severe weather could be a harbinger of worse to...

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August 11, 2016

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

August 11, 2016 — What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water’s Gone? See: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/08/vanishing-midwest-ogallala-aquifer-drought/ “Whoa,” yells Brownie Wilson, as the steel measuring tape I am feeding down the throat of an irrigation well on the Kansas prairie gets away from me and unspools rapidly into the depths...

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August 10, 2016

Childfree Living Benefits the Environment More Than Any Campaign

August 10, 2016 — People who don’t have children benefit our environment more than any campaign – it’s time to celebrate them See: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/people-who-dont-have-children-benefit-our-environment-more-than-any-campaign-its-time-to-celebrate-a7178951.html The global population is growing rapidly, while the resources we depend on to live are dwindling. If you consider the footprint each person makes on...

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August 9, 2016

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

August 9, 2016 — Contraception Education Comes to DRC’s Markets See: https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/frontlines/july-august-2016/bringing-contraception-public-spaces-change On any given day, Fungurume Central Market in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is filled with women and men, young and old, shopping and selling-bright green cassava leaves, flours of different weights and hues, dried fish...

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August 5, 2016

Population Institute: Call for Entries for 2016 Global Media Awards

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

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August 4, 2016

New Assessment of Contraceptive Availability in Uganda = Trainwreck

August 4, 2016 — Uganda: Rampant Contraceptive Stock-Outs Frustrate Family Planning See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201608030449.html Despite Uganda’s family planning policy being so liberal that it allows all sexually-active women and men to use contraception for family planning without consent from their partners or parents, the rate of contraceptive use is still...

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August 3, 2016

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

August 3, 2016 — Family planning is a key development goal that needs greater investment See: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/aug/01/family-planning-is-a-key-development-goal-that-needs-greater-investment Family planning is much more than a vital health and human rights intervention (Critical moment for family planning as funds come under pressure, 28 July). Investments in voluntary family planning are also...

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August 2, 2016

As Human Population Grows, Global Biodiversity Continues Its Freefall

August 2, 2016 — The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/07/14/the-diversity-of-life-across-much-of-earth-has-plunged-below-safe-levels-scientists-say In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface – including some...

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August 1, 2016

Water Scarcity: Population Growth Trumps Climate Change

August 1, 2016 — When It Comes to Water Scarcity, Population Growth Trumps Climate Change See: https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2016/08/water-scarcity-population-growth-trumps-climate-change/ One of the findings of the Worldwatch Institute’s Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) suggests it’s not accurate to claim that climate change is at the root of growing water scarcity...

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July 29, 2016

Delaware Works Decisively to Decrease Unintended Pregnancy

July 29, 2016 — Will Delaware Become the Next Birth-Control Utopia? See: http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/07/delaware-birth-control-program-utopia.html Do you want to become pregnant in the next year? It’s a telling question, and one that women of reproductive age in Delaware will be asked at doctor’s appointments going forward, even at primary care providers....

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July 28, 2016

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

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

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July 27, 2016

Opinion: Burundi’s Population Future

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

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July 26, 2016

Population & Sustainability Network News: PSN Joins FP2020

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

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July 25, 2016

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

July 25, 2016 — Smartphone apps not so smart at helping users avoid or achieve pregnancy See: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160630092053.htm You might not want to depend on your smartphone app alone to help you avoid or achieve pregnancy, say the authors of a new study. A review of nearly 100 fertility...

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July 22, 2016

Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing?

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

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July 21, 2016

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

July 21, 2016 — Climate change goes between the sheets  See: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=61028&dir=2016/june/24 More efforts in the fields and less in the bedroom, is the message from a proposal by SADC responding to the poor forecasts for resources in the region. Within 34 years or by 2050, the region’s member...

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July 20, 2016

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

July 20, 2016 — Progress on Family Planning: Are We Where We Ought to Be? See: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1428004/progress-family-planning-ought To reach young people with reproductive health information, Ruth Nvumenta Kavuma, an educationist, women health rights advocate and former Woman MP Kalangala swears by social media. “You cannot beat it. It works,”...

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July 19, 2016

Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation

July 19, 2016 — Activist takes overpopulation message to China See: http://current.mnsun.com/2016/06/20/activist-takes-overpopulation-message-to-china/ When Karen Shragg returned from a trip to China last month, she knew she was advocating for the right cause. The environmental author and manager of Richfield’s Wood Lake Nature Center was addressing the topic of her...

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July 18, 2016

Perceptions of Human Overpopulation: Disavowal and Dysfunction

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

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July 15, 2016

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

July 15, 2016 — Family Planning Is an Investment in Development See: https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/family-planning-is-an-investment-in-development/ Let’s consider the difference between deciding you want two children and deciding you want two TV sets. Both involve figuring costs and benefits relative to income. Both require supplies and expense. Both invoke comments from friends...

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July 14, 2016

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

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

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July 13, 2016

Melinda Gates Comments on Halfway Point of Family Planning 2020

July 13, 2016 — ‘We can provide family planning services for additional 120m women if…’ See: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/can-provide-family-planning-services-additional-120m-women/ “FAMILY planning is about saving the lives of women and children. Family planning is one of the keys that unlocks the potentials of women and girls. If a girl or woman is...

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July 12, 2016

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

July 12, 2016 — The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare See: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/07/the-great-barrier-reef-a-catastrophe-laid-bare It was the smell that really got to diver Richard Vevers. The smell of death on the reef. “I can’t even tell you how bad I smelt after the dive – the smell of millions...

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July 11, 2016

World Population Day 2016

July 11, 2016 — World Population in Six Eye Popping Charts See: http://www.unfpa.org/WPD2016 UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today is World Population Day, a day that calls attention on urgent population issues. This World Population Day spotlights the need to invest in teenage girls. Despite strides the world has...

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July 8, 2016

The Financial Times’ Africa Editor Unpacks Rapid Population Growth

July 8, 2016 — Africa’s population boom is both danger and opportunity See: https://next.ft.com/content/1d454bb8-435a-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1 Some events, such as the 9/11 terror attacks or Brexit, change the world overnight. Others do so by stealth. Africa’s population explosion is a stealth event.

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July 7, 2016

Pakistan Misses Family Planning Targets – By A Country Mile

July 7, 2016 — Pakistan misses family planning targets See: https://www.geo.tv/latest/108244-Pakistan-misses-family-planning-targets ISLAMABAD: After missing family planning targets, Pakistan has failed to control the rapid increase in population at the rate of 10,109 people a day. According to Economic Survey of Pakistan, total population of Pakistan was projected to be...

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July 6, 2016

Excellent New “Population and Sustainability” Journal Hits The Presses

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

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July 5, 2016

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

July 5, 2016 — New Study Examines Why Women in Developing Countries Who Wish To Avoid Pregnancy Do Not Use Contraceptives Concerns about Side Effects and Health Risks Most Often Cited by Married Women as Reasons for Nonuse See: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2016/new-study-examines-why-women-developing-countries-who-wish-avoid-pregnancy-do-not Sexually active women in developing countries who have an...

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July 1, 2016

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

July 1, 2016 — Out with ‘family’ planning, in with ‘future’ planning See: https://www.devex.com/news/out-with-family-planning-in-with-future-planning-88341 In Kenya, the “Future Fab” teen lifestyle brand is taking off. Around the world, young people are rallying around the term “future planning.” And in West Africa, youth ambassadors are mobilizing their peers to...

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June 30, 2016

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

June 30, 2016 — The great cities of Africa and Asia are spreading fast, and in bizarre ways See: http://www.economist.com/news/international/21701454-rural-areas-are-turning-urban-far-faster-planners-expected-great-cities-africa

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June 29, 2016

An Off The Mark Population Essay

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

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June 28, 2016

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

June 28, 2016 — The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Is An Unmitigated Disaster For Abortion Opponents See: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/06/27/3792905/supreme-courts-abortion-decision-unmitigated-disaster-abortion-opponents/ Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a beat down of Texas’ anti-abortion law HB 2. Justice Stephen Breyer’s majority opinion piles facts upon evidence upon statistics to demolish Texas’ supposed justification for...

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June 27, 2016

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

June 27, 2016 — Note to Chandrababu: Family planning is not about class but about women’s rights and choices Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday asked rich people in the state to have more than one child. See: http://scroll.in/article/810376/note-to-chandrababu-family-planning-is-not-about-class-but-about-womens-rights-and-choices

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June 24, 2016

Viewer Beware! New Population Film, Misconception, Is Misconceived

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

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June 23, 2016

The Guardian Editorial: Population Pressures & International Development

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

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June 22, 2016

In Australia, Rapid Population Growth Causes Stress on Many Fronts

June 22, 2016 — Exceptional rates of population growth are causing stress on many fronts See: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/exceptional-rates-of-population-growth-are-causing-stress-on-many-fronts-20160621-gpnwov.html For the past 10 years Australians have been subjected to exceptional rates of population growth. Now many voters are losing patience with its effects. During the election campaign both major parties have promised...

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June 21, 2016

Birth Control “Apps” Find Footing Under Political Radar

June 21, 2016 — Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar See: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/health/birth-control-options-websites.html A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new apps and websites now make it possible to get prescription contraceptives without going to the doctor.

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June 20, 2016

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

June 20, 2016 — Baby blues: rural Myanmar’s desperate need for family planning services Large families in the poorest regions suffer poor health and nutrition, but access to contraception and maternal care is limited See: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jun/16/rural-myanmar-desperate-need-family-planning-services-access-contraception

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June 17, 2016

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

June 17, 2016 — See: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2016/jun/15/could-we-set-aside-half-the-earth-for-nature As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since...

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June 16, 2016

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

June 16, 2016 — Launching “We are Girls, Not Brides”, the anthem to end child marriage on Day of the African Child 2016 See: http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/anthem-child-marriage-dac-2016/

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June 15, 2016

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

June 15, 2016 — ‘Our children will die of thirst’: Egypt simmers as water shortages fuel protests See: http://www.egyptcmnews.com/story-z3138640 Drinking water shortages have left parts of Egypt going thirsty for up to two weeks in the run-up to Ramadan, with popular frustration over the failure of authorities to tackle...

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June 14, 2016

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

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

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June 13, 2016

Overpopulation is Pushing Israel Over the Edge, Expert Says

June 13, 2016 — Overpopulation is pushing Israel over the edge, expert says See: http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Environment/Overpopulation-is-pushing-Israel-over-the-edge-expert-says-455992 In a society that encourages its denizens to heed the biblical call to “be fruitful and multiply,” one American-Israeli expert is saying that its time for a new approach. Dr. Alon Tal, founder of...

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June 10, 2016

Meanwhile, In India: Family Planning Beyond Sterilization

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

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June 9, 2016

LTE: Population and food supply

June 9, 2016 — LTE: Population and food supply See: http://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/jun/07/food-water-population-digital-politics Despite accusations that Filipino president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is a dictator in the making (27 May), he has done something worthy. He has attacked the Catholic church for its opposition to contraception; he says, “we have to do something with...

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June 8, 2016

How Will Egypt Rein In Its Explosive Population Growth?

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

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June 7, 2016

In Bangladesh, Around 1 Million Unwanted Births Per Year

June 7, 2016 — Country sees 10 lakh unwanted births a year See: http://www.thedailystar.net/city/country-sees-10-lakh-unwanted-births-year-1235017 Nearly 10 lakh children born annually in Bangladesh are unwanted due to a lack of family planning services and contraceptives, says a new analysis on the Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey (BDHS) 2014. “Here unwanted birth...

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June 6, 2016

Good News: Ohio Successfully Follows Colorado’s LARC Playbook

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

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June 3, 2016

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

June 3, 2016 — The ‘Avon ladies’ of Pakistan selling contraception door to door See: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jun/01/the-avon-ladies-of-pakistan-selling-contraception-door-to-door From 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices. “I was told ‘This is sinful’,” Samina says about...

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June 2, 2016

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

June 2, 2016 — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no Muslim family should use contraception See: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkish-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-says-no-muslim-family-should-use-contraception-a7056816.html Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said “no Muslim family” should practice contraception and urged women to have more children. Speaking at an educational foundation in Istanbul on Monday, Mr Erdogan said: “I say...

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June 1, 2016

John Guillebaud: Voluntary Family Planning to Mitigate Climate Change

June 1, 2016 — Analysis: Voluntary family planning to minimize and mitigate climate change See: http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2102 Simply put, climate change is caused by excessive production of greenhouse gases. As highlighted by the late Professor Tony McMichael, the “cause(s) of the causes” should not be overlooked.1 With climate change already close...

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May 31, 2016

Bitter Irony: UNFPA’s Budget in Peril as Migration Stresses Nordic Countries

May 31, 2016 — UNFPA Funding Cuts Threaten Women’s Health in Poorer Nations See: http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/05/unfpa-funding-cuts-threaten-womens-health-in-poorer-nations/ UNITED NATIONS, May 26 2016 (IPS) – The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has played a key role in ensuring maternal health and promoting reproductive rights of millions of women world-wide, is expected to suffer...

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May 30, 2016

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

May 30, 2016 — Duterte proposes 3-child policy, Pernia affirms family planning See: http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=duterte-proposes-3-child-policy-pernia-affirms-family-planning&id=127963 INCOMING president Rodrigo R. Duterte will aggressively implement the country’s family planning law to push his economic growth agenda, one of his aides said on Monday, in a move that could add to simmering tensions...

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May 27, 2016

Rest in Peace, Ed Barry (1945-2016)

May 27, 2016 — In Memory of Edwin Barry See: https://www.populationinstitute.org/newsroom/news/view/72/ The Population Institute honors the passing-and celebrates the life-of a dear colleague, Edwin Barry, who passed away this past weekend after an extended illness. Ed, who received the Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year, worked for the Population Institute for...

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May 26, 2016

Uganda: Why Young People Shun Family Planning

May 26, 2016 — See: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1424416/people-shun-family-planning Every time Ronald Tibita a Global Health Corps alumni, now working with USAID Assist project in Gulu hears a midwife tell a mother, “Marie Stopes pe” (meaning ‘implants supplied by Marie Stopes, have run out) he is saddened. He is disappointed that yet...

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May 25, 2016

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

May 25, 2016 — Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds See: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=27074&ArticleID=36180&l=en Nairobi, 19 May 2016 – The environmental change sweeping the world is occurring at a faster pace than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the damage being done...

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May 24, 2016

New Food Price Report Shows Massive Risk from Population, Climate

May 24, 2016 — China and India’s GDP Will Be Hit Hardest by Global Food Price Shock See: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=27074&ArticleID=36179&l=en London 18 May 2016 – If global food prices double then China could lose $161 billion in GDP and India could lose $49 billion, according to a new report released...

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May 23, 2016

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

May 23, 2016 — See: http://qz.com/676048/the-us-spent-1-4-billion-in-africa-telling-people-not-to-have-sex-and-it-didnt-work/ The United States has spent $1.4 billion over the last decade on promoting abstinence in Africa as a way to slow the spread of HIV. It hasn’t helped, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs, and may be causing more...

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May 19, 2016

A Rare Population Op-Ed From Saudi Arabia

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

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May 19, 2016

Even Tiny Mauritius Vulnerable to Aging Population Fears

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

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May 18, 2016

The Recent Global Abortion Rate Study & Unmet Need for Contraception

May 18, 2016 — Unmet need for abortion and woman-centered contraceptive care See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30452-4/fulltext The world is in the midst of a major shift from large families to small. In the last 25 years, the average number of children born per woman has dropped by 1·2 in response to...

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May 17, 2016

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

May 17, 2016 — Time for Japan to accept the consequences of a shrinking population See: http://www.afr.com/opinion/time-for-japan-to-accept-the-consequences-of-a-shrinking-population-20160513-gouwkw The population of Japan peaked in 2008 at 128 million. With the fertility rate – or births per woman – falling below 1.5 at the beginning of the 1990s and falling as...

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May 16, 2016

Sahel-Bangladesh Knowledge Exchange on Population Policy

May 16, 2016 — Sharing BD population knowledge with Sahel countries See: http://www.newsbangladesh.com/english/details/14351 Amid much expectations and liveliness, a  week-long international conference titled ‘Sahel-Bangladesh Knowledge Exchange on Population Policy and Reproductive Health’ kicked off at Hotel Lake Shore at Gulshan area in the capital on Saturday afternoon.

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May 13, 2016

CELEBRATING FIVE EMMY NOMINATIONS

May 13, 2016 — EAST LOS HIGH SOARS WITH BEHIND THE SCENES STARS: CELEBRATING FIVE EMMY NOMINATIONS AND UPCOMING SEASON FOUR See: https://www.populationmedia.org/2016/05/11/east-los-high-behind-scenes-stars/ In three short years, East Los High has proven that top-notch Hollywood entertainment can also improve people’s lives. In addition to one million unique visitors drawn to...

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May 12, 2016

Ocean’s Oxygen Starts Running Low

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

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May 11, 2016

Cursing leaders, God for own wrong choices

May 11, 2016 — Cursing leaders, God for own wrong choices See original/source content: http://mwnation.com/cursing-leaders-god-for-own-wrong-choices/ Some couples’ failure to control childbirth leads to suffering and abject poverty, yet such couples will always vent their anger against government when service delivery becomes a problem.   Families are bearing children...

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May 10, 2016

A grand but faulty vision for Iran’s water problems

May 10, 2016 — A grand but faulty vision for Iran’s water problems See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/09/iran-desalination-water A grand vision of eliminating water scarcity looks attractive for tens of millions of people in the desert cities of central Iran worried about drought. Ambitious water transfer projects are being...

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May 9, 2016

Flowers and femidoms: Nepal wedding website offers contraception advice

May 9, 2016 — Flowers and femidoms: Nepal wedding website offers contraception advice See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/may/04/flowers-femidoms-nepal-wedding-website-contraception-advice-marie-stopes A website offering wedding services while providing advice on family planning and reproductive health was launched in Nepal last week in an attempt to increase low rates of contraceptive use. The...

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May 6, 2016

The complex factors involved in family fertility decisions

May 6, 2016 — The complex factors involved in family fertility decisions See original/source content: https://blogs.worldbank.org/health/complex-factors-involved-family-fertility-decisions Preference for large families continues to be a major factor determining levels of fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent data from DHS demonstrate reasons why men and women prefer and choose to have large...

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May 5, 2016

Uganda Should Get Family Planning Messages Right

May 5, 2016 — Uganda Should Get Family Planning Messages Right See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201604290290.html The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) released the findings of the census held in November 2014 after the last one in 2002. A 10.4 million increase in population was recorded between 2002 to...

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May 4, 2016

1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC.

May 4, 2016 — 1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC. See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-sewell/1800familyplanning-inc_b_9801784.html It is time to privatize family planning. There is no reason our government should be involved in family planning issues. Family planning is the right and decision of women, their partners, other family members, the family doctor and...

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May 3, 2016

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns

May 3, 2016 — World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/24/world-heading-for-catastrophe-over-natural-disasters-risk-expert-warns The world’s failure to prepare for natural disasters will have “inconceivably bad” consequences as climate change fuels a huge increase in catastrophic droughts and floods and the humanitarian crises that...

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May 2, 2016

Urban population growth and demand for food could spark global unrest, study shows

May 2, 2016 — Urban population growth and demand for food could spark global unrest, study shows See original/source content: http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-global-food-security2-story.html A population explosion in urban centers around the world is expected to fuel an unprecedented demand for food that – if not met – could trigger economic upheaval...

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April 29, 2016

Namibia: Mothers With Many Children Are Usually Poor – Geingos

April 29, 2016 — Namibia: Mothers With Many Children Are Usually Poor – Geingos See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201604220898.html The higher the number of children a woman has the more work she has to do to get herself out of poverty, or move up the harsh economic ladder. Sharing...

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April 28, 2016

Bigger Families, Bigger Cars? China’s SUV Makers Pin Hopes on Two-Child Policy

April 28, 2016 — Bigger Families, Bigger Cars? China’s SUV Makers Pin Hopes on Two-Child Policy See original/source content: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/04/25/bigger-families-bigger-cars-chinas-suv-makers-pin-hopes-on-two-child-policy/ As the Chinese dream expands from one child to two, auto makers hope the size of the family car grows as well. Auto executives made the pitch for...

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April 27, 2016

Population, Resources, and the Faith-Based Economy: the Situation in 2016

April 27, 2016 — Population, Resources, and the Faith-Based Economy: the Situation in 2016 See original/source content: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41247-016-0003-y/fulltext.html A central issue of the human predicament then as now was the prospect of feeding a growing population. In 2016 Earth is carrying some 7.4 billion people instead of the...

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April 26, 2016

NEPAL’S FIRST PRESIDENT CELEBRATES EFFORTS TO END CHILD MARRIAGE THIS NEPALI NEW YEAR

April 26, 2016 — NEPAL’S FIRST PRESIDENT CELEBRATES EFFORTS TO END CHILD MARRIAGE THIS NEPALI NEW YEAR See original/source content: https://www.populationmedia.org/2016/04/15/nepals-first-president-celebrates-efforts-to-end-child-marriage-this-nepali-new-year/ As people gathered to celebrate the Nepali New Year, the former Nepali president was celebrating two new dramas designed to help stop child marriage. Population Media Center, a...

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April 25, 2016

Why development strategies must match pace of demographic change

April 25, 2016 — Why development strategies must match pace of demographic change See original/source content: http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/features/49079-why-development-strategies-must-match-pace-of-demographic-change WHILE Tanzania’s population is currently growing at an annual rate of 2.7 per cent, only 27 per cent of women in their reproductive age use modern family planning methods and about...

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April 22, 2016

Limits to Growth: Policies to Steer the Economy away from Disaster

April 22, 2016 — Limits to Growth: Policies to Steer the Economy away from Disaster See original/source content: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2016-04-21/limits-to-growth-policies-to-steer-the-economy-away-from-disaster If the rich nations in the world keep growing their economies by 2% each year and by 2050 the poorest nations catch up, the global economy of more than...

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April 21, 2016

Roaring population growth outpaces Nigerian investment spree

April 21, 2016 — Roaring population growth outpaces Nigerian investment spree See original/source content: http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN0XH1QK?sp=true LAGOS (Reuters) – Waiting at a crowded bus stop for a ride to work, Osheme Antoine dreams of raising a big family one day. Such dreams, shared by millions, mean Nigeria’s bus queues are...

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April 20, 2016

The risk of misrepresenting the demographic dividend

April 20, 2016 — The risk of misrepresenting the demographic dividend See original/source content: http://www.niussp.org/2016/04/18/the-risk-of-misrepresenting-the-demographic-dividendle-risque-dune-interpretation-erronee-du-dividende-demographique/ It is heartening to see the renewal of interest in demography by at least some African governments. A share of the credit for this can be attributed to the discourse around ‘demographic dividend’....

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April 19, 2016

March temperature smashes 100-year global record

April 19, 2016 — March temperature smashes 100-year global record See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/15/march-temperature-smashes-100-year-global-record The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and by the greatest margin yet seen for any month. February was far above the long-term average globally, driven largely by climate change, and was...

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April 18, 2016

Governments cannot keep using population growth to inflate economic figures

April 18, 2016 — Governments cannot keep using population growth to inflate economic figures See original/source content: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/governments-cannot-keep-using-population-growth-to-inflate-economic-figures-20160412-go4wxz.html Victoria’s economic pie may be getting bigger, but don’t think that means you are getting a larger slice. There’s a common denominator to the various political debates raging around the...

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April 15, 2016

Failing States: Many Problems, Few Solutions

April 15, 2016 — Failing States: Many Problems, Few Solutions See original/source content: http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/04/failing-states-many-problems-few-solutions/ NEW YORK, Apr 9 2016 (IPS) – Regardless of whether they are called fragile, failed, or failing states, scores of countries around the globe are plagued by overwhelming problems with few solutions in sight. Moreover,...

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April 14, 2016

Out of Africa

April 14, 2016 — Out of Africa See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/opinion/out-of-africa.html Agadez, NIGER – It’s Monday and that means it’s moving day in Agadez, the northern Niger desert crossroad that is the main launching pad for migrants out of West Africa. Fleeing devastated agriculture, overpopulation and unemployment, migrants...

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April 13, 2016

The practical magic of philanthropic partnerships

April 13, 2016 — The practical magic of philanthropic partnerships See original/source content: http://news.trust.org/item/20160411141226-f5chr/?source=dpagetopic In 2011, Francophone West Africa had some of the world’s highest birthrates. The region had for generations lagged far behind other developing countries in the realm of family planning -while about 56 percent of married women in...

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April 12, 2016

Data ‘essential’ to 2030 Agenda, UN Commission on Population and Development told

April 12, 2016 — Data ‘essential’ to 2030 Agenda, UN Commission on Population and Development told See original source/content: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53654#.Vwwvi_krJD8 1 April 2016 – Addressing the opening of the 2016 session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of that body’s...

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April 11, 2016

India’s population explosion will make or break its economy

April 11, 2016 — India’s population explosion will make or break its economy See original/source content: http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/08/news/economy/india-population-skills-gap-education/index.html?section=money_latest India’s demographics are mind-boggling: By 2020, it will have 900 million people of working age, and the average age of its citizens will fall to 29. Two years later, it should...

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April 8, 2016

Family planning takes a 360-degree approach

April 8, 2016 — Family planning takes a 360-degree approach See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/family-planning-takes-a-360-degree-approach-87892 In the elephant migration corridor near Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, a nurse named Happiness Chacha travels hut to hut to talk with villagers about family planning. Her work is a result of the Endangered...

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April 7, 2016

Populations of early human settlers grew like an ‘invasive species,’ researchers find

April 7, 2016 — Populations of early human settlers grew like an ‘invasive species,’ researchers find See original/source content: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-populations-early-human-settlers-grew.html Bustling cities, sprawling suburbs and blossoming agricultural regions might seem strong evidence that people have always dominated the environment. A Stanford study of South America’s colonization shows that...

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April 6, 2016

Agriculture on the Brink

April 6, 2016 — Agriculture on the Brink See original/source content: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35468-agriculture-on-the-brink When it comes to farming, global temperature increases spurred by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) are bad news. Higher temperatures mean more droughts, wildfires, soil depletion and seasonal changes that, in general, have deleterious impacts on growing...

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April 5, 2016

POPULATION MEDIA CENTER APPOINTS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DAVID WALKER

April 5, 2016 — POPULATION MEDIA CENTER APPOINTS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DAVID WALKER See original/source content: https://www.populationmedia.org/2016/04/01/executive-vice-president-david-walker/ SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and human rights globally with entertainment TV and radio programs, has selected David Walker to serve in the...

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April 4, 2016

Does climate change make it immoral to have kids?

April 4, 2016 — Does climate change make it immoral to have kids? See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/02/does-climate-change-make-it-immoral-to-have-kids The decision whether or not to have a child is one of the bigger ones a person will make in life – often the biggest. I needed some strong convincing from...

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April 1, 2016

Why I’m a man for choice

April 1, 2016 — Why I’m a man for choice See original/source content: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/30/why-im-a-man-for-choice-norman-lear-commentary.html More than forty years ago, the writers and I on our TV show “Maude” did something which apparently no one had done before on television: We showed our main character making the decision to...

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March 31, 2016

The Enormous Fiscal Dividend to Family Planning

March 31, 2016 — The Enormous Fiscal Dividend to Family Planning See original/source content: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kotlikoff/2016/03/29/the-enormous-fiscal-dividend-to-family-planning/#3792ddfc2d2b   Can anything be done on a bipartisan basis these days? The answer is yes if we turn out the temperature and start listening to one another. In this regard, I want to...

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March 30, 2016

World’s older population grows dramatically

March 30, 2016 — World’s older population grows dramatically See original source/content: http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/worlds-older-population-grows-dramatically The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report, “An Aging World: 2015(link is external),” this...

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March 29, 2016

How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth?

March 29, 2016 — How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth? See original source/content: http://www.thenation.com/article/how-do-you-decide-to-have-a-baby-when-climate-change-is-remaking-life-on-earth/ The librarian was nondescript in the way that everyone standing behind a counter is, probably in her 30s, with straight, fox-colored hair. When she...

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March 28, 2016

Uganda: Big Population Good for Development – President

March 28, 2016 — Uganda: Big Population Good for Development – President See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201603250132.html President Museveni yesterday praised a large population as a very important resource for economic development even as he admitted that he runs a country with more than 25 million homesteads wallowing in...

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March 25, 2016

Four Texas Metro Areas Collectively Add More Than 400,000 People in the Last Year, Census Bureau Reports

March 25, 2016 — Four Texas Metro Areas Collectively Add More Than 400,000 People in the Last Year, Census Bureau Reports See original/source content: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-43.html Four Texas metro areas together added more people last year than any state in the country except for Texas as a whole, according...

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March 24, 2016

No Contraception? No Equality

March 24, 2016 — No Contraception? No Equality See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/opinion/no-contraception-no-equality.html THE Supreme Court will hear a second challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate on Wednesday in a case called Zubik v. Burwell. The plaintiffs want to extend the 2014 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores,...

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March 23, 2016

Avoiding collapse: Grand challenges for science and society to solve by 2050

March 23, 2016 — Avoiding collapse: Grand challenges for science and society to solve by 2050 See original/source content: https://elementascience.org/articles/94 We maintain that humanity’s grand challenge is solving the intertwined problems of human population growth and overconsumption, climate change, pollution, ecosystem destruction, disease spillovers, and extinction, in order...

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March 22, 2016

Hard realities: On World Water Day, India faces worst water crisis in decade

March 22, 2016 — Hard realities: On World Water Day, India faces worst water crisis in decade See original/source content: http://www.firstpost.com/india/hard-realities-on-world-water-day-india-faces-worst-water-crisis-in-decade-2689610.html Water levels at 91 major reservoirs nationwide are the lowest in a decade-no more than 29 per cent, according to the latest weekly bulletin of the Central...

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March 21, 2016

City Congestion Blues

March 21, 2016 — City Congestion Blues See original/source content: http://www.populationmatters.org/city-congestion-blues/ Today [February 29, 2016] , Population Matters launches its latest short film, entitled “London Crawling – Talking About Population.” Directed by Tom Martin of the Media Trust, who also directed our previous film, “Zombie Overpopulation,” the new film highlights...

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March 18, 2016

Luke Evslin: Can We Grow Our Economy, Not Our Population?

March 18, 2016 — Luke Evslin: Can We Grow Our Economy, Not Our Population? See original/source content: http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/03/luke-evslin-can-we-grow-our-economy-not-our-population/ We all mourn for the Hawaii that we grew up with, while grieving for the future that our children are left with. Yet, despite our crowded roads, crumbling infrastructure and...

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March 17, 2016

How Many People Can Our Planet Really Support?

March 17, 2016 — How Many People Can Our Planet Really Support? See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160311-how-many-people-can-our-planet-really-support?ocid=fbert Overpopulation. It is a word that makes politicians wince, and is often described as the “elephant in the room” in discussions about the future of the planet. You often hear people citing...

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March 16, 2016

CARE Applauds U.S. Government Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls

March 16, 2016 — CARE Applauds U.S. Government Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls See original/source content: http://www.care.org/newsroom/press/press-releases/care-applauds-us-government-strategy-empower-adolescent-girls The global poverty-fighting organization CARE applauds the release today of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, which will marshal the resources of the U.S. Government to work toward better...

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March 15, 2016

The Biggest Obstacles for Africa’s Big Cats

March 15, 2016 — The Biggest Obstacles for Africa’s Big Cats See original/source content: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/14/the-biggest-obstacles-for-africas-big-cats/ On a slightly contrarian note, Africa’s surge of human inhabitants is actually good news-at least insofar as the state of the human condition is concerned. At long last, significant portions of a continent...

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March 14, 2016

Dangerous global warming will happen sooner than thought – study

March 14, 2016 — Dangerous global warming will happen sooner than thought – study See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/10/dangerous-global-warming-will-happen-sooner-than-thought-study The world is on track to reach dangerous levels of global warming much sooner than expected, according to new Australian research that highlights the alarming implications of rising energy demand....

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March 11, 2016

WHAT DOES RESTORATIVE DEVELOPMENT LOOK LIKE?

March 11, 2016 — WHAT DOES RESTORATIVE DEVELOPMENT LOOK LIKE? See original/source content: http://makewealthhistory.org/2016/03/09/what-does-restorative-development-look-like/ The Footprint Network’s map of global ecological debtors and creditors is one of the key images for this blog. I’ve posted it before, but the Network just updated the map and I’ve been looking at it again....

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March 10, 2016

HOMEGROWN VERMONT NGO JOINS PRESTIGIOUS UNITED NATION’S ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

March 10, 2016 — HOMEGROWN VERMONT NGO JOINS PRESTIGIOUS UNITED NATION’S ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME See original/source content: https://www.populationmedia.org/2016/02/24/united-nations-environment-programme/ A Vermont-based international development nonprofit, Population Media Center (PMC), has been granted consultative status to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “We’re excited and proud to have achieved accreditation by UNEP,” says Joe Bish,...

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March 9, 2016

Rise in use of contraception offers hope for containing global population

March 9, 2016 — Rise in use of contraception offers hope for containing global population See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/mar/08/rise-use-contraception-global-population-growth-family-planning The number of women using contraceptives in developing countries has soared to record levels in recent years, such that projections for global population growth could be cut by as...

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March 8, 2016

COULD JAPAN’S SHRINKING POPULATION LEAD TO SHRINKING RIGHTS FOR WOMEN?

March 8, 2016 — COULD JAPAN’S SHRINKING POPULATION LEAD TO SHRINKING RIGHTS FOR WOMEN? See original/source content: http://www.newsweek.com/japan-women-abortion-restrictions-matahara-433808 On a bright winter day in the Japanese village of Nagoro, a group of life-size dolls stand silently at a bus stop on a long-canceled route. One, dressed in a...

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March 7, 2016

The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People

March 7, 2016 — The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/sunday-review/the-world-has-a-problem-too-many-young-people.html?smid=fb-share AT no point in recorded history has our world been so demographically lopsided, with old people concentrated in rich countries and the young in not-so-rich countries. Much has been made of...

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March 4, 2016

STEEP DROP IN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY IS BEHIND THE 2008-2011 U.S. ABORTION DECLINE

March 4, 2016 — STEEP DROP IN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY IS BEHIND THE 2008-2011 U.S. ABORTION DECLINE See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2016/03/02/gpr-jd.html New research shows that the 2008-2011 abortion decline was driven by a steep drop in the unintended pregnancy rate, which in turn is most plausibly explained by improved...

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March 2, 2016

An anti-poverty agenda that excludes access to reproductive health care is woefully incomplete

March 2, 2016 — An anti-poverty agenda that excludes access to reproductive health care is woefully incomplete See original/source content: Washington Post I’ve written extensively in this column about anti-poverty policy. I’ve underscored the importance of minimum wages, work supports including child care and wage subsidies, SNAP (food...

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March 1, 2016

Africa’s Population Will Soar Dangerously Unless Women Are More Empowered

March 1, 2016 — Africa’s Population Will Soar Dangerously Unless Women Are More Empowered See original/source content: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/africa-s-population-will-soar-dangerously-unless-women-are-more-empowered/?WT.mc_id=SA_ArtPromo_Engelman Earth is a finite place. The more people who inhabit it, the more they must compete for its resources. Although human population has grown steadily, developments in recent decades have...

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February 29, 2016

Japan’s population declines for first time since 1920s – official census

February 29, 2016 — Japan’s population declines for first time since 1920s – official census See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/26/japan-population-declines-first-time-since-1920s-official-census Japan’s population has fallen by nearly one million, according to new statistics – the first decline since official census records began in the 1920s. The country lost 947,345 people...

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February 26, 2016

Devastating global coral bleaching event could hit Great Barrier Reef next

February 26, 2016 — Devastating global coral bleaching event could hit Great Barrier Reef next See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/23/global-coral-bleaching-event-threatens-great-barrier-reef The third global coral bleaching event to be recorded is snaking its way around a warming globe, devastating reefs and now threatening the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. This week it...

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February 25, 2016

Development: Slow down population growth

February 25, 2016 — Development: Slow down population growth See original/source content: http://www.nature.com/news/development-slow-down-population-growth-1.19415 In 2100, our planet is expected to be home to 11.2 billion people. That’s a more than 50% increase on today’s 7.3 billion1. This expansion of humanity is likely to be spread unevenly across the...

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February 24, 2016

Family planning: The quick carbon payoff

February 24, 2016 — Family planning: The quick carbon payoff   See original/source content: http://thebulletin.org/debating-link-between-emissions-and-population/family-planning-quick-carbon-payoff In so many realms of national policy, the interests of the entire population must be balanced against the rights of individuals. And so it would seem to be with climate mitigation and family...

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February 23, 2016

India to Change Its Decades-Old Reliance on Female Sterilization

February 23, 2016 — India to Change Its Decades-Old Reliance on Female Sterilization See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/world/asia/india-to-change-its-decades-old-reliance-on-female-sterilization.html?_r=1 For decades, India has relied on female sterilization as its primary mode of contraception, funding about four million tubal ligations every year, more than any other country. This year, the government...

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February 22, 2016

The huge, hidden cost of population growth

February 22, 2016 — The huge, hidden cost of population growth See original/source content: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/the-huge-hidden-cost-of-population-growth-20160219-gmyddb.html He cites the pressure on the housing market, clogged infrastructure and the greater difficulty of limiting greenhouse gas emissions. At some point, we will exceed the carrying capacity of the continent, and perhaps...

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February 19, 2016

Francis Says Contraception Can Be Used to Slow Zika

February 19, 2016 — Francis Says Contraception Can Be Used to Slow Zika See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/world/americas/francis-says-contraception-can-be-used-to-slow-zika.html?_r=0 SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Pope Francis shook up an already intense debate over birth control and abortion in Latin American countries where the Zika virus is causing a public health emergency by declaring...

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February 18, 2016

Opinion: Sadly, Malthus was right. Now what?

February 18, 2016 — Opinion: Sadly, Malthus was right. Now what? See original/source content: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-sadly-malthus-was-right-now-what Saturday marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Robert Malthus. I would like to wish him many happy returns. And he does keep on returning, doesn’t he, despite those who say...

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February 17, 2016

Want Viagra? Proposed Kentucky Law Would Require Note From Spouse

February 17, 2016 — Want Viagra? Proposed Kentucky Law Would Require Note From Spouse See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/us/viagra-proposed-kentucky-law-wifes-consent.html?_r=0 A Kentucky state representative believed that a new law requiring women to have a medical consultation 24 hours before having an abortion smacked of sexism. So the lawmaker, Mary Lou Marzian, proposed a...

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February 16, 2016

Population Loss Economics

February 16, 2016 — Population Loss Economics See original/source content: Forbes Blog I want just throw out some scattered thoughts about a topic that I think is very important, but not particularly well understood: population loss. By population loss, I mean when a local economy sees a decline...

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February 12, 2016

Pope Francis Should Lift Abortion Bans to Fight Zika

February 12, 2016 — Pope Francis Should Lift Abortion Bans to Fight Zika See original/source content: http://time.com/4215483/pope-francis-zika/ Much has been made of Pope Francis and his emphasis on mercy and compassion in interpreting church teaching as a breath of fresh air for the Catholic church.The escalating international public...

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February 11, 2016

ALEX BOZZETTE FUND

February 11, 2016 — ALEX BOZZETTE FUND See original/source content: https://www.populationmedia.org/donate-now/alex-bozzette-fund/ As a Global Health Fellow in 2014, Alex served as the monitoring and evaluation officer for Agashi, PMC’s radio serial drama, and as coordinator for ShareNet Burundi, an information “node” providing up-to-date research results and resources to organizations working...

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February 10, 2016

Economics might be very wrong about growth: Bloomberg View

February 10, 2016 — Economic might be very wrong about growth: Bloomberg View See original/source content: Bloomberg / Oregon Live Has the world entered a period in which economies simply won’t grow at the rate they once did? Radical as the thought may seem, it might not be...

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February 9, 2016

Uganda’s Karamoja Faces Drought Emergency

February 9, 2016 — Uganda’s Karamoja Faces Drought Emergency See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201601200825.html Kampala – At least 640,000 people in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region – more than half its population – are facing food shortages as a result of a drought-affected harvest. Scaled-up food assistance for the semi-arid...

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February 8, 2016

Population, Environmental Discourse, and Sustainability

February 8, 2016 — Population, Environmental Discourse, and Sustainability See original/source content: Chapter 18, The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory …The aims of this chapter are to present some of the arguments that have been made in favor of stable or declining numbers, to explain some of...

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February 5, 2016

Reconciling God With Contraception

February 5, 2016 — Reconciling God With Contraception See original/source content: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/articles/2016-02-03/no-one-should-have-to-give-up-faith-in-god-to-embrace-family-planning Early in my public health career, I learned an important lesson about faith and family planning. I had led a Philippine delegation to Indonesia to learn about that country’s family planning program and how it saved...

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February 4, 2016

Texas Tries To Repair Damage Wreaked Upon Family Planning Clinics

February 4, 2016 — Texas Tries To Repair Damage Wreaked Upon Family Planning Clinics See original/source content content: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/28/464728393/texas-tries-to-repair-damage-wrought-upon-family-planning-clinics For the past five years, the Texas Legislature has done everything in its power to defund Planned Parenthood. But it’s not so easy to target that organization without hurting...

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February 3, 2016

Family planning, demographic change and poverty: A call for action

February 3, 2016 — Family planning, demographic change and poverty: A call for action See original/source content: http://blogs.worldbank.org/health/family-planning-demographic-change-and-poverty-call-action More than 3,500 people, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, have gathered in Bali this week for the fourth International Conference on Family Planning . The unmet need for family planning is...

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February 2, 2016

Contraception Drones Are The Future Of Women’s Health In Rural Africa

February 2, 2016 — Contraception Drones Are The Future Of Women’s Health In Rural Africa See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/birth-control-drones-africa_us_56a8a3b4e4b0947efb65fc11 BALI, Indonesia — In late 2014, a group of public health experts and philanthropists were grappling with the problem of how to improve contraception access for women in the most...

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February 1, 2016

PSI CEO on family planning’s 3 ‘exciting new funding trends’

February 1, 2016 — PSI CEO on family planning’s 3 ‘exciting new funding trends’ See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/psi-ceo-on-family-planning-s-3-exciting-new-funding-trends-87673 Tucked under Goal 3 of the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals that focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all is a target to provide universal access to sexual and...

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January 28, 2016

Life expectancy three years longer for children born into smaller families

January 28, 2016 — Life expectancy three years longer for children born into smaller families See original/source content: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/jhub-let012616.php Children born into smaller families in the world’s poorest nations will live an expected three years longer than those born into larger families, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of...

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January 27, 2016

Family planning is ‘critical link’ in eradicating poverty

January 27, 2016 — Family planning is ‘critical link’ in eradicating poverty See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/26/family-planning-critical-link-eradicating-poverty-modern-contraceptives-population-bulge Giving people access to family planning is crucial to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, reproductive health experts said this week. Speaking at an international family planning conference in Bali, Ellen Starbird,...

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January 26, 2016

MP promises to reward pregnant women in his constituency, say more babies more votes

January 26, 2016 — MP promises to reward pregnant women in his constituency, say more babies more votes See original/source content: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000189222/mp-promises-to-award-pregnant-women-say-more-babies-more-votes/ The MP Boniface Otsiula said that his constituency has low population owing to the fact the majority of women are using family planning methods which stops...

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January 25, 2016

Former Child Brides Just Got Zimbabwe To Ban Child Marriage

January 25, 2016 — Former Child Brides Just Got Zimbabwe To Ban Child Marriage See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zimbabwe-bans-child-marriage_us_569fc1a1e4b0875553c28e79 Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court outlawed child marriage on Wednesday after two former child brides took the government to court in a ground-breaking case to challenge the practice that is rife in...

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January 22, 2016

From global commitments to local action: Revitalizing Indonesia’s family planning program

January 22, 2016 — From global commitments to local action: Revitalizing Indonesia’s family planning program See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/from-global-commitments-to-local-action-revitalizing-indonesia-s-family-planning-program-87227 It is a simple truth: access to quality family planning saves lives, bolsters economies and improves health outcomes for individuals and communities. And to build a healthy and sustainable...

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January 21, 2016

Overfishing causing global catches to fall three times faster than estimated

January 21, 2016 — Overfishing causing global catches to fall three times faster than estimated See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/19/overfishing-causing-global-catches-to-fall-three-times-faster-than-estimated Global fish catches are falling three times faster than official UN figures suggest, according to a landmark new study, with overfishing to blame. Seafood is the critical source of...

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January 20, 2016

Fewer than 1 in 25 Seattleites can really eat locally

January 20, 2016 — Fewer than 1 in 25 Seattleites can really eat locally See original/source content: Science Codex How many of Seattle’s residents could live off food grown in their city? If abundant P-Patches and backyard gardens teeming with kale come to mind, you’re like many residents...

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January 19, 2016

Population growth affecting health services in Mzimba

January 19, 2016 — Population growth affecting health services in Mzimba See original/source content: http://malawi24.com/2016/01/18/population-growth-affecting-health-services-in-mzimba/ Fresh findings by this publication indicate that increase in population is affecting health service delivery in Malawi’s northern region district of Mzimba. During a recent visit to Mzimba, our Reporter found that people...

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January 18, 2016

Family Planning – A Special and Urgent Concern by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2016 — Family Planning – A Special and Urgent Concern by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. See original/source content: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-gulf-coast/mlk-acceptance-speech Recently, the press has been filled with reports of sightings of flying saucers. While we need not give credence to these stories, they allow our...

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January 15, 2016

Belief in Family Planning Myths at the Individual And Community Levels and Modern Contraceptive Use in Urban Africa

January 15, 2016 — Belief in Family Planning Myths at the Individual And Community Levels and Modern Contraceptive Use in Urban Africa See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/4119115.html Negative myths and misconceptions about family planning are a barrier to modern contraceptive use. Most research on the subject has focused on...

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January 14, 2016

The Fiscal Consequences of Shrinking Populations

January 14, 2016 — The Fiscal Consequences of Shrinking Populations See original/source content: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/sdn/2015/sdn1521.pdf Shrinking populations pose a formidable fiscal challenge. Declining fertility and increasing longevity will lead to a slower-growing, older world population. In most countries, population is projected by the United Nations (UN) to peak sometime...

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January 13, 2016

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

January 13, 2016 — Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania See original/source content: http://blog.nature.org/science/2016/01/07/climate-change-health-population-dynamics-tanzania-women-contraception-environment-family-planning/ As people around the world celebrate the remarkable Paris Agreement to address climate change, there’s a genuine opportunity for countries to act on their financial pledges to help the world...

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January 12, 2016

Population growth in Africa: grasping the scale of the challenge

January 12, 2016 — Population growth in Africa: grasping the scale of the challenge See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jan/11/population-growth-in-africa-grasping-the-scale-of-the-challenge The last 100 years have seen an incredible increase in the planet’s population. Some parts of the world are now seeing smaller increments of growth, and some, such as Japan, Germany,...

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January 11, 2016

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

January 11, 2016 — In Latin America, an exception to falling birthrates draws new scrutiny Dramatic progress has masked the fact that poor communities are lagging far behind wealthier ones in controlling family size – perpetuating inequality. See: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2015/1221/In-Latin-America-an-exception-to-falling-birthrates-draws-new-scrutiny MEXICO CITY; AND RIO DE JANEIRO – Like most of her...

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January 8, 2016

America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade

January 8, 2016 — America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/america-and-reproductive_b_8931348.html The Population Institute this week is releasing its annual 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, and it is not an encouraging report. It is, in fact, alarming. Nineteen states received a failing...

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January 7, 2016

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

January 7, 2016 — EDITORIAL – 104 million and growing See original/source content: http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2016/01/04/1539003/editorial-104-million-and-growing The Supreme Court has given the go-signal for the implementation of Republic Act 10354, or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. It will take years, however, before the full impact of the...

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January 6, 2016

Exposing the Population Taboo in Mainstream Science

January 6, 2016 — “Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population See: http://fpesa.net/?p=2332 As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a...

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January 5, 2016

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

January 5, 2016 — Peru’s forcibly sterilised women find their voice See original/source content:  http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/04/peru-forced-sterilisation-quipu-project-alberto-fujimori “I was forced to get sterilised while giving birth,” says one woman from the district of Zurite in northern Peru. “The nurses were insistent and telling me to get sterilised, that ‘you have several...

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January 4, 2016

Hunger threatens millions as El Niño causes drought and floods

January 4, 2016 — Hunger threatens millions as El Niño causes drought and floods Aid agencies call for urgent action as failed harvests, stunted crops and soaring prices trigger widespread food shortages in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/dec/30/hunger-threatens-millions-el-nino-drought-floods-humanitarian-disaster Aid agencies have warned that tens of...

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January 1, 2016

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December 31, 2015

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

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

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December 30, 2015

Revisiting Nature’s Recent “Population Myth” Article

December 30, 2015 — The science myths that will not die: Responses See original/source content: http://www.nature.com/news/the-science-myths-that-will-not-die-1.19022 By declaring overpopulation to be a “myth”, Ms Scudellari has put forward an astonishing and empirically false claim: that not only our current numbers are not a problem, that no amount of foreseeable...

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December 29, 2015

Letter From Africa: What Can Ghana Learn From Norway?

December 29, 2015 — Letter from Africa: What can Ghana learn from Norway? See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34710175 My visit to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer a few weeks ago reaffirmed my conviction that the Scandinavians really are a class act. Those who follow these things would remember that Lillehammer...

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December 28, 2015

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

December 28, 2015 — North Carolina Becomes Ninth State With 10 Million or More People, Census Bureau Reports See original/source content: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-215.html By adding an average of 281 people per day during the last year, North Carolina’s population crossed the 10 million mark, making the state the ninth in...

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December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas From PMC

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December 24, 2015

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

December 24, 2015 — The science myths [sic] that will not die False beliefs and wishful thinking about the human experience are common. They are hurting people – and holding back science. See original/source content: http://www.nature.com/news/the-science-myths-that-will-not-die-1.19022 Myth 5: The human population is growing exponentially (and we’re doomed) Fears about...

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December 23, 2015

New Survey: Most Australians Don’t Want Population Growth

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

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December 22, 2015

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

December 22, 2015 — Family Planning and Contraception in Egypt See original/source content: http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/12/11/its-a-boy-family-planning-and-contraception-in-egypt/ Just how much do Egyptians care about family planning and safe sex? The 2015 Egypt Health Issues Survey has revealed the attitudes towards the use of contraceptives and family planning in Egypt. According to the...

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December 21, 2015

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: A Population & Emissions Roundtable

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

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December 18, 2015

Phytoplankton Going Belly Up, Sending Global Fish Stocks Into Decline

December 18, 2015 — Fish Stocks Are Declining Worldwide, And Climate Change Is On The Hook See: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/14/459404745/fish-stocks-are-declining-worldwide-and-climate-change-is-on-the-hook For anyone paying attention, it’s no secret there’s a lot of weird stuff going on in the oceans right now. We’ve got a monster El Nino looming in the Pacific. Ocean...

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