Category Archives: Daily Email


April 3, 2008

Responses Needed…

April 3, 2008 — Responses are needed to the Wall Street Journal book review of April 1, 2007. Letters to the editor can be sent by email to: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com or Fax: 1-212-416-2255 Attn: Ned Crabb. See http://www.opinionjournal.com/guidelines/ before submitting. Editorial Page Submissions, including the Op-Ed page pieces, should...

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March 24, 2008

In Greenland, Ice and Instability

March 24, 2008 — Thanks to Ed Levering for this NY Times article. ——————– The ancient frozen dome cloaking Greenland is so vast that pilots have crashed into what they thought was a cloud bank spanning the horizon. Flying over it, you can scarcely imagine that this ice...

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March 19, 2008

Bill Paddock

March 19, 2008 — The population field has lost a great friend, Bill Paddock. He died on February 28 at age 86 in Antigua, Guatemala, where he lived with his wife, Liz. A delegation of three of us from Population Media Center, Kriss Barker, Leopoldo Peralta and I,...

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March 17, 2008

Environmental Refugees: An Emergent Security Issue

March 17, 2008 — It was a pleasure to have lunch last week with Dr. Norman Myers of Oxford University during his visit to the University of Vermont. Below is a paper of his addressing security concerns arising from environmental refugees. Environmental Refugees an Emergent Security Issue (PDF,...

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March 16, 2008

NY Times Blog on Climate Change and Population

March 16, 2008 — Thanks to Katie Elmore for this link. ———————- Andrew Revkin maintains a blog for the NY Times on Climate Change and has a big section dedicated to population http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/population/.

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March 15, 2008

The Carbon Footprint of Transportation in Vermont

March 15, 2008 — Thanks to Karen Glitman for sending the following announcement: The Carbon Footprint of Transportation in Vermont: Obstacles and Opportunities: Thursday, April 17, 12:30-1:30 pm; 104 Aiken, University of Vermont, Burlington Dr. Richard Watts of the UVM Transportation Center will speak on the high contribution...

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March 15, 2008

Article by Dr. Negussie Teffera in Communication World

March 15, 2008 — The article below appears in the current issue of Communication World, the magazine of the International Association of Business Communicators. Congratulations to Dr. Negussie Teffera for this publication! Hearing Is Believing (PDF, 2 MB)

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March 14, 2008

Bringing HIV Prevention to Scale: An Urgent Global Priority

March 14, 2008 — In this report a panel of AIDS experts call for a major scale-up of global HIV prevention programmes. According to the document, a rise in treatment and the investment needed for this treatment has not been matched by a rise in HIV prevention or...

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March 14, 2008

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

March 14, 2008 — Earth Policy Institute News Release January 16, 2008 PLAN B 3.0: MOBILIZING TO SAVE CIVILIZATION http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB3/index.htm Lester R. Brown “In late summer 2007, reports of ice melting were coming at a frenetic pace. Experts were ‘stunned’ when an area of Arctic sea ice almost...

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March 13, 2008

Sustainability Talks in Vermont: March-April Calendar

March 13, 2008 — Please visit http://vtpeakoil.net/calendar.html#April to view upcoming talks on sustainability in Vermont.

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March 13, 2008

Peaking fuel sources can’t keep up with population growth

March 13, 2008 — Thanks to Fred Meyerson and John Guillebaud for the contributions below and the attached. Special thanks to John and Martin for including a link to Population Media Center’s website in their article. In the Word document below, is the whole debate on population and...

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March 12, 2008

Population Growth and the Environment

March 12, 2008 — The global rate of human population growth peaked around 1963, but the number of people living on Earth—and sharing finite resources like water and food—has grown by more than two-thirds since then, topping out at over 6.6 billion today. Human population is expected to...

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March 11, 2008

New Study in Nature Maps Global Hotspots of Emerging Diseases

March 11, 2008 — From the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University ——————– A new study appearing in the Feb. 21 issue of Nature presents the first scientific evidence that emerging diseases are on the rise and that zoonoses—diseases from wildlife—are the prime threat,...

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March 10, 2008

Commonwealth Day March 10, 2008

March 10, 2008 — Many thanks to Elizabeth Smith, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (of which Population Media Center is an associate member) for the attached message from Queen Elizabeth commemorating Commonwealth Day, March 10, 2008. The message is a concise summation of the global environmental crisis,...

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March 9, 2008

Is Vermont Disappearing? Yes, and a New Study Says There’s Only One Solution

March 9, 2008 — Congratulations to George Plumb for this coverage of his just-issued report on Disappearing Vermont. If you would like a copy of the report, feel free to ask me or to download it from the website of Vermonters for Sustainable Population (www.vspop.org). Population Media Center...

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March 8, 2008

Afghanistan: Women’s lives worse than ever

March 8, 2008 — On this International Women’s Day, I send you this article from The Independent. See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rights-in-afghanistan-womens-lives-worse-than-ever-786752.html

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March 7, 2008

Mention of Population Media Center in Plan B 3.0

March 7, 2008 — Many thanks to Lester Brown for recognizing the work of Miguel Sabido and Population Media Center in his latest book, Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Below is Chapter 7 of the book, where you will find the information about social-content serial dramas...

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March 7, 2008

Gender Responsive Budgeting and Women’s Reproductive Rights, from UNFPA

March 7, 2008 — This resource pack provides relevant knowledge to facilitate mainstreaming gender-responsive approaches into reproductive health programmes, and the inclusion of specific aspects of gender inequality and disadvantage into national policy frameworks. It focuses primarily on health, particularly reproductive health; on HIV/AIDS; and on violence against...

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March 6, 2008

How soap operas can save the environment

March 6, 2008 — Plenty Magazine ran this article about Alleyne Regis, PMC’s Caribbean Regional Director, in its current edition. It deals with the project Alleyne oversaw in the Western Pacific. You can find it on their website at http://www.plentymag.com/features/2008/03/cause_celeb.php.

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March 6, 2008

Climate change poses a huge threat to human health

March 6, 2008 — Climate change will have a huge impact on human health and bold environmental policy decisions are needed now to protect the world’s population, according to the author of an article published in the BMJ today. The threat to human health is of a more...

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March 5, 2008

UNFPA On-Line Videos

March 5, 2008 — There are over 200 videos available on-line on the following subjects: Reproductive Health, Fistula, Population and Development, Gender Equality, Humanitarian Response, Human Rights, Adolescents & Youth, Safe Motherhood, Culturally Sensitive Approaches, HIV/AIDS, Advocacy, Reproductive Health Commodities, International Conference on Population and Development. For full...

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March 5, 2008

Great Transitions

March 5, 2008 — I encourage you to read the publication, “Great Transitions,” by the Global Scenarios Group. Thanks to Tony Leiserowitz for bringing it to my attention. It can be found at: http://www.gtinitiative.org/documents/Great_Transitions.pdf

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March 4, 2008

Change your way of thinking

March 4, 2008 — A challenge to behavior change scholars and practitioners: Change your way of thinking By: Arvind Singhal asinghal@utep.edu The purpose of this editorial is to provoke scholars and practitioners engaged in social change, including those involved in health promotion and education, to think differently about...

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March 1, 2008

Call for Abstracts

March 1, 2008 — Call for Abstracts: Conference on Population-Poverty-Environmental Linkages. Istanbul, Turkey, 15-16 May, 2008 Thanks to Linda Hutjens for passing along this announcement on a European conference on population-poverty-environmental linkages. The opinions expressed below are presumably those of the EuroNGOs Coordinator. ——————— **CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/INTEREST** EuroNGOs/EPF...

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March 1, 2008

Spousal Agreement and Polygyny

March 1, 2008 — Chapter 7 of this publication is of potential interest to some of PMC’s scriptwriters. Spousal Agreement and Polygyny (PDF, 1MB)

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February 28, 2008

UNESCO Announces “Community Radio: A user’s guide to the technology.”

February 28, 2008 — UNESCO, New Delhi has announced the release of the publication “Community Radio: A user’s guide to the technology.” This technical manual is produced for potential CR operators in keeping with the Government of India’s intention to establish 4000 community radio stations by 2008. The...

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February 25, 2008

Trends and Challenges for the Future

February 25, 2008 — Thanks to Ned Lundquist for sending me this report ————————– See the section beginning on page 7 on population trends and on page 10 a section on climate change. Trends and Challenges for the Future Joint Force Through 2030

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February 24, 2008

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

February 24, 2008 — Thanks to Ned Lundquist for sending me the link to this report: National Security and the Threat of Climate Change http://securityandclimate.cna.org/

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February 24, 2008

Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception

February 24, 2008 — Family Health International is pleased to announce the release of a new evidence-based advocacy package: Long-Acting and Permanent Methods: Addressing Unmet Need for Family Planning in Africa. For download options, see http://www.fhi.org/en/RH/Pubs/servdelivery/LAPM/index.htm

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February 22, 2008

Public Sees Population Growth as One of Top Four Concerns

February 22, 2008 — The Washington Post article below shows the results of a Bertelsmann survey of 9,000 people in the United States, China, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, India and Brazil. Overpopulation was ranked fourth among the most serious threats facing the world, immediately after climate change,...

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February 22, 2008

Paul MacLean, 94, Neuroscientist Who Devised ‘Triune Brain’ Theory, Dies

February 22, 2008 — The Triune Brain Theory constitutes one of the theories underlying the Sabido methodology. ————— Dr. Paul D. MacLean, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who developed the intriguing theory of the “triune brain” to explain its evolution and to try to reconcile rational human behavior with...

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February 21, 2008

Addressing Population in Poverty Reduction Strategies

February 21, 2008 — By Lori S. Ashford Population Reference Bureau Poverty reduction strategies form the basis of World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistance in the poorest developing countries. The detailed guidelines, or poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs), are prepared in the host country and influence...

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February 19, 2008

Editorial by Daniel Halperin

February 19, 2008 — See his NY Times op-ed, which (somewhat indirectly) focused in significant part on FP/population aspects: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/01/opinion/01halperin.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=%22a+plague+in+perspective%22&st=nyt&oref=slogin

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February 18, 2008

Filipino Women and Men Sue Manila Mayor For Ban on Contraception

February 18, 2008 — MANILA – Twenty Manila women and men filed a case today in a Philippine high court against the mayor of Manila, arguing that the city’s eight-year ban on contraception has severely and irreparably damaged their lives and health and the majority of women in...

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February 13, 2008

Amazon Deforestation Seen Surging

February 13, 2008 — Greetings from Brazil, where Population Media Center and its Brazilian partner organization, Comunicarte, are planning a world conference on the use of entertainment-education for addressing global sustainability issues and human quality of life! The conference will be held in Rio November 19-21, 2008. ———————-...

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February 10, 2008

Water Troubles in the West May Worsen

February 10, 2008 — Human-caused global warming has been shrinking the snowpack across the mountain ranges of the West for five decades, suggesting that the region’s long battle for water will only get worse, according to a computer analysis released Thursday. As temperatures have increased, more winter precipitation...

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February 4, 2008

Interview on RH Reality Cast

February 4, 2008 — There is an interview with me on the website of RH Reality Check. In the upper left corner of the website, go to Amanda Marcotte’s blog. My interview begins six minutes into the audio file of RH Reality Cast and lasts about nine minutes....

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February 4, 2008

Climate Change and Environmental Displacement

February 4, 2008 — Forced displacement for environmental reasons is not a recent phenomenon. Historically, people have often had to move from their land because of degradation of resources and/or conflict over scarce resources. Migration, and population movement in general, is part of human history and an important...

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February 3, 2008

Documents on Social Change Communication

February 3, 2008 — UNAIDS Technical Consultation on Social Change Communication This document for the United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) Technical Consultation on Social Change Communication (August 2007) was written to provide a background to issues relating to communication for HIV prevention. It uses the term “social change communication”...

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February 3, 2008

Presidential Candidate Positions On Climate Change

February 3, 2008 — From the Earth Portal: Presidential candidate representatives and one candidate himself debated their climate change plans recently at the National Council for Science and the Environment’s national conference. I thought you might want to check out written and video clips of the debate online...

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February 2, 2008

Overpopulation Issue Overlooked By Presidential Candidates

February 2, 2008 — Thanks to Alan Kuper for forwarding this. —————————– Thanks to Dave Gorak (WI), Exec. Director, Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration (MCRI), who wrote: “I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this in this Wisconsin paper.” —————————– I kept thinking that at...

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February 1, 2008

Population and climate change

February 1, 2008 — Catch up with the ongoing debate on population and climate change on the website of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists http://www.thebulletin.org/roundtable/population-climate-change/

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January 31, 2008

Focus the Nation

January 31, 2008 — Thanks to Katie Elmore for this announcement. ——— An interesting initiative to combat global warming. Focus the Nation is organizing a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America‹creating a dialogue at over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, places of worship,...

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January 29, 2008

Oil Demand, the Climate and the Energy Ladder

January 29, 2008 — Thanks to Tim Black to this link to a brilliant peak oil presentation entitled, “Peak Oil and a New Game for Humanity.” ——————- Energy demand is expected to grow in coming decades. Jeroen van der Veer, 60, Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive, recently offered...

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January 28, 2008

Why Ethanol Production Will Drive World Food Prices Even Higher in 2008

January 28, 2008 — By: Lester R. Brown We are witnessing the beginning of one of the great tragedies of history. The United States, in a misguided effort to reduce its oil insecurity by converting grain into fuel for cars, is generating global food insecurity on a scale...

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January 27, 2008

Peak Oil Dates by Country

January 27, 2008 — Thanks to Tim Black for the attached chart. Peak Oil Fields Dates 8-11-07 (Word doc., 945 KB)

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January 26, 2008

Ten Ways to Prepare for a Post-Oil Society

January 26, 2008 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article from The Canadian. —————– Out in the public arena, people frequently twang on me for being “Mister Gloom’n’doom,” or for “not offering any solutions” to our looming energy crisis. So, for those of you who are tired...

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January 24, 2008

Lindsey Grant Peak Coal

January 24, 2008 — Thanks to Lindsey Grant for this article. Lindsey is a member of Population Media Center’s Program Advisory Board and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population and Environment. His books include: The Collapsing Bubble: Growth and Fossil Energy, The Case for Fewer People:...

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January 21, 2008

Albert Bartlett on population, peak oil and the exponential function

January 21, 2008 — In case you have not seen Albert Bartlett of the University of Colorado-Boulder give a talk on population, peak oil and the exponential function, please watch this You Tube video on the website of Celsias: http://www.celsias.com/2007/12/16/the-mathematics-that-contemporary-economics-ignores. There are a total of seven videos that...

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January 20, 2008

Thoughts on Immigration Into The United States

January 20, 2008 — Thanks to Al Bartlett for this paper: Immigration Thoughts by Al Bartlett (PDF, 247 KB) This and other papers of interest can be found at www.npg.org, under publications.

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January 20, 2008

Earth Policy News – Is World Oil Production Peaking?

January 20, 2008 — Is world oil production peaking? Quite possibly. Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show a pronounced loss of momentum in the growth of oil production during the last few years. After climbing from 82.90 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2004 to 84.15...

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January 17, 2008

Niger: Population Explosion Threatens Development Gains

January 17, 2008 — If the people of Niger (Nigeriens) remain uninformed about family planning and keep reproducing at the current rate the country’s population will more than quadruple by 2050, imposing unmanageable demands on the economy, social services and the environment, according to research by Niger’s national...

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January 12, 2008

Three decades of population policies and programs

January 12, 2008 — A short three decades ago, it appeared that the “population bomb” would undermine efforts at development in the Third World and that little could be done about it. This book takes the reader back to the first efforts by 23 countries to hammer out...

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January 9, 2008

PMC’s Work Highlighted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

January 9, 2008 — Below is an article on PMC’s work. It appeared in the winter 2008 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. For full article, download: Population Media Center 2008 Smart Soaps (PDF, 172 KB)

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January 8, 2008

The Nature of the New World

January 8, 2008 — We recently entered a new century, but we are also entering a new world, one where the collisions between our demands and the earth’s capacity to satisfy them are becoming daily events. It may be another crop-withering heat wave, another village abandoned because of...

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January 4, 2008

Internet usage by region

January 4, 2008 — Interesting statistics here: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

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December 27, 2007

Earth Policy Institute: Chapter 1 of Plan B 3.0

December 27, 2007 — Many thanks to Lester Brown for sending me Chapter 1 of his latest book, Plan B 3.0, for distribution to this list. In it, he looks at the numerous environmental and political tipping points facing human civilization today. He recognizes the role of population...

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December 24, 2007

Population and Development Curriculum Kit: A Resource Kit for Secondary School Students and Teachers

December 24, 2007 — Full-title: Population and Development Curriculum Kit: A resource kit for secondary school students and teachers to learn about issues of population, development, the environment and gender equity. The Australian Reproductive Health Alliance (ARHA) is a non-government organisation whose major function is to monitor the...

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December 18, 2007

AIDS Epidemic Update

December 18, 2007 — Geneva, Switzerland, UNAIDS, 2007 Dec. 50 p. (UNAIDS/07.27E / JC1322E) Every day, over 6800 persons become infected with HIV and over 5700 persons die from AIDS, mostly because of inadequate access to HIV prevention and treatment services. The HIV pandemic remains the most serious...

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December 17, 2007

New report from Malawi: Sex education plays essential role in protecting youth from unintended pregnancy and HIV

December 17, 2007 — A new report from Malawi shows that comprehensive sex education plays an essential role in protecting young people from unintended pregnancy and HIV. The report is based on data from a 2004 nationally representative survey of 4,031 adolescents aged 12-19. Additionally, it draws on...

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December 14, 2007

Serial Dramas that Rely on Top Psychologists’ Theories are Changing Social Behaviors Worldwide

December 14, 2007 — In Ethiopia, it can be dangerous for a girl to leave the house. Not because of war, or weather, but “weddings”—specifically the long-standing cultural tradition of marriage by abduction.

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December 10, 2007

World AIDS Day 2007 Resources from the Kaiser Family Foundation

December 10, 2007 — In preparation for this year’s World AIDS Day, December 1 2007, the Kaiser Family Foundation would like to highlight several new resources that may be of interest, including updated HIV/AIDS fact sheets and web tools, and developments in some of our global public education...

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December 10, 2007

World AIDS Day 2007 Resources from the Kaiser Family Foundation

December 10, 2007 — In preparation for this year’s World AIDS Day, December 1 2007, the Kaiser Family Foundation would like to highlight several new resources that may be of interest, including updated HIV/AIDS fact sheets and web tools, and developments in some of our global public education...

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December 9, 2007

The Kaiser Video Library is a free, online service for journalists around the world who report on public health issues

December 9, 2007 — The Kaiser Video Library is a free, online service for journalists around the world who report on public health issues. The goal of the video library is to provide television reporters and filmmakers — particularly in low and middle income countries — with another...

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December 8, 2007

Population and Climate roundtable in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (began on Dec. 3)

December 8, 2007 — Thanks to Fred Meyerson for the article below. He would welcome feedback (fmeyerson@uri.edu) on his lead-off article for the population and climate roundtable, which appears on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The article was published on-line on Monday (Dec. 3),...

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December 8, 2007

The mass media and the response to AIDS

December 8, 2007 — Getting the message across: the mass media and the response to AIDS UNAIDS BEST PRACTICE COLLECTION. Because of their central position in people’s lives, the mass media have unrivalled potential to inform and educate the general public. Yet in the response to AIDS only...

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December 6, 2007

Population and Poverty

December 6, 2007 — Rapid population growth aggravates poverty in developing countries by producing a high ratio of dependent children for each working adult. This leads to a relatively high percentage of income being spent on immediate survival needs of food, housing, and clothing, leaving little money for...

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December 5, 2007

Burgeoning Cities Face Catastrophe

December 5, 2007 — Humanity will make the historic transition from a rural to an urban species some time in the next year, according to the latest UN population figures. The shift will be led by Africa and Asia, which are expected to add 1.6 billion people to...

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December 4, 2007

This Planet Ain’t Big Enough for the 6,500,000,000 of Us

December 4, 2007 — Behind the climate crisis lies a global issue that no one wants to tackle: do we need radical plans to reduce the world’s population? What do the following have in common: the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere, Earth’s average temperature and the size...

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December 2, 2007

Overshoot, Narcissus, and the Sirens’ Song

December 2, 2007 — This is a second article by J. Anthony Cassils of the Population Institute of Canada, with some overlap with the one sent yesterday. We humans are being lured into a state of overshoot by our own unconscious desires. Our high intelligence, sensitivity, and acute...

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December 2, 2007

Soul Beat Africa has a story about PMC’s work in Nigeria

December 2, 2007 — Soul Beat Africa has a story about PMC’s work in Nigeria at: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/134360

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December 1, 2007

A Strategy for a National and International Population Policy

December 1, 2007 — This is an interesting article by J. Anthony Cassils of the Population Institute of Canada http://http.www.populationinstituteofcanada.ca/

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November 25, 2007

Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war and unrest, says new study

November 25, 2007 — Thanks to Alan Kuper for sending this article below. http://www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,,2196435,00.html

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November 22, 2007

Australians Concerned with Population

November 22, 2007 — Thanks to Alan Kuper for this article. ——————— From Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) POPULATE AND PERISH Submitted by David Shearman Sun, 09/09/2007 – 18:40. This must be the silly season but I wish I could laugh about it. Addressing a business luncheon...

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November 16, 2007

What all Presidential Candidates Refuse to Talk About

November 16, 2007 — Thanks to Frosty Wooldridge for this column. ——————— Last Friday, Ann Curry, on NBC Nightly News, reported that drought-stricken Georgia’s Lake Lanier, that provides water for five million people, will not last more than 79 more days at current water consumption. “What does Lake...

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November 14, 2007

Getting the Message Across: The Mass Media and the Response to AIDS

November 14, 2007 — UNAIDS BEST PRACTICE COLLECTION. Because of their central position in people’s lives, the mass media have unrivalled potential to inform and educate the general public. Yet in the response to AIDS only a tiny fraction of that potential has been tapped. In surveys around...

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November 11, 2007

PRB Technical Director for Population, Health and Environment

November 11, 2007 — The email below comes from USAID – Thanks, Bill ————————- Hi All, I am contacting you because you are either a past Michigan Population-Environment Fellow or your name came recommended to me. Attached is a job description for a very important position in the...

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November 9, 2007

Concern Grows About Health Risks Posed by Climate Change

November 9, 2007 — Washington — Risks to international public health from floods, heat waves and droughts arising from climate change are becoming the focus of global health organizations and officials around the world. A range of health problems is expected to accompany rising temperatures worldwide, especially in...

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November 7, 2007

Are we already shutting our minds to the consequences of climate change?

November 7, 2007 — Thanks to Joyce Tarnow for this article. ———————— A few weeks ago I read what I believe is the most important environmental book ever written. It is not Silent Spring, Small is Beautiful or even Walden. It contains no graphs, no tables, no facts,...

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October 31, 2007

Global Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

October 31, 2007 — Global Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (30 July – 3 August 2007) Over 100 million women have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting, a practice that still puts 3 million of girls at risk each year. The Global Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (30...

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October 23, 2007

European Population Conference 2008

October 23, 2007 — Greetings from Cairo! Following is information on the European Population Conference. European Population Conference 2008 Barcelona 9-12th July 2008 The European Association for Population Studies invites you to participate in the upcoming European Population Conference, which will be held in Barcelona from 9 to...

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October 11, 2007

Talk by Edward Hartman: One Billion Americans.

October 11, 2007 — In case you missed Edward Hartman’s talk at UVM, you have another chance to hear him. He will speak again at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16th at St. Michael’s College, Hall of Fame Room, Tarrant Recreation Center. What would living in the U.S....

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October 7, 2007

World Crops Could Decline 16 Pct Due to Warming

October 7, 2007 — Thanks to Kent Welton for this article from Planet Ark. ————————– WASHINGTON – Global warming could send world agriculture into serious decline by 2080 with productivity collapsing in some developing countries while it improves in a few rich nations, a study reported on Wednesday....

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September 29, 2007

Worldwatch “State of the World 2009” theme should be population

September 29, 2007 — Thanks to Raymond Reddy for bringing this to my attention. Worldwatch Institute is requesting suggestions for a theme for its State of the World 2009, at: www.worldwatch.org/node/5326

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September 25, 2007

Conference on Creating Understanding in the Middle East

September 25, 2007 — The Vermont Council on World Affairs, the Vermont Peace Academy and Norwich University are co-sponsoring a conference on creating understanding in the Middle East, to be held at Norwich University October 6-7, 2007. Recently, I heard one of the presenters for that conference, David...

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September 25, 2007

NED Media Center Update

September 25, 2007 — NED’s website and materials are of possible interest to you. http://www.ned.org/cima/cima.html

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September 25, 2007

Conference on Creating Understanding in the Middle East

September 25, 2007 — The Vermont Council on World Affairs, the Vermont Peace Academy and Norwich University are co-sponsoring a conference on creating understanding in the Middle East, to be held at Norwich University October 6-7, 2007. Recently, I heard one of the presenters for that conference, David...

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September 20, 2007

We need fewer people to halt global warming

September 20, 2007 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article about the new head of the Science Museum in London, who achieved his reputation doing research in the Antarctic. ——————— We need fewer people to halt global warming Charles Clover meets the new head of the Science...

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September 17, 2007

September 17, 2007 — What would living in the U.S. look and feel like if it was populated by one billion people? That is the question that Edward C. Hartman, the author of The Population Fix: Breaking America’s Addiction to Population Growth, will be asking when he discusses...

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September 17, 2007

Fresh Water Scarcity – A Potential Cause for Warfare

September 17, 2007 — DISCUSSION: Fresh Water Scarcity – A Potential Cause for Warfare by Kevin L. Chapman “Water, thou hast no taste, no colour, no odour; canst be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself (…) Of the riches that...

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September 16, 2007

Water Tables Falling and Rivers Running Dry

September 16, 2007 — Earth Policy Institute Plan B 2.0 Book Byte For Immediate Release July 24, 2007 WATER TABLES FALLING AND RIVERS RUNNING DRY As the world’s demand for water has tripled over the last half-century and as the demand for hydroelectric power has grown even faster,...

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September 11, 2007

No to the Agrofules Craze!

September 11, 2007 — Thanks to Earl Babbie for this article. ——————- GRAIN has just published a special issue of Seedling which focuses on biofuels, or as we like to call them, agrofuels – over 30,000 words of in-depth analysis from around the world. In the process of...

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September 11, 2007

The Peak of World Oil Production and the Road to the Olduvai Gorge

September 11, 2007 — Thanks to Tim Black for recommending this article. ———————- The Olduvai theory has been called unthinkable, preposterous, absurd, dangerous, self-fulfilling, and self-defeating. I offer it, however, as an inductive theory based on world energy and population data and on what I’ve seen during the...

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September 8, 2007

Letter on FGM

September 8, 2007 — The letter below by Katie Elmore was sent in response to an article in the Canada National Post on female genital mutilation Letter to the Editor of the Canada National Post (Word doc., 42 KB)

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September 5, 2007

When environmental writers are part of the problem

September 5, 2007 — Thanks to John Feeney for this editorial and to Bob Engelman for bringing it to my attention. ———————————— Something’s missing in today’s environmental discussion. When talking about causes and proposed solutions for our ecological plight, few environmental writers are telling us more than half...

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September 4, 2007

Population and American Complacency

September 4, 2007 — Many thanks to Donald Mann of NPG for this article by John Holdren. The paper is preceded by a commentary from NPG. Although John wrote this 34 years ago, it is as important and relevant now as it was then. It is one of...

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September 3, 2007

Population Topic of Thom Hartmann Show Tuesday at 2:00 pm Eastern

September 3, 2007 — Thanks to George Plumb for this notice. ———————- Ed Hartman, the author of the book The Population Fix: Breaking America’s Addiction to Population Growth, will be on the Thom Hartmann (no connection) show tomorrow Tuesday about 2 pm. His show is broadcast daily from...

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September 3, 2007

Paper on Environment and Family Planning by Joe Speidel

September 3, 2007 — Thanks to Joe Bish for sending this article. Family Planning and RH Link to Environment

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September 1, 2007

Russians Get Day Off to Procreate, then Win Prizes

September 1, 2007 — Moscow – A Russian region of Ulyanovsk has found a novel way to fight the nation’s birth-rate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate. The hope...

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August 28, 2007

Condom Nations

August 28, 2007 — The article below is quite interesting in what it reveals about sexual practices worldwide. Condom Nations (PDF, 551 KB)

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August 28, 2007

How to deal with a falling population

August 28, 2007 — Thanks to Maurizio Morabito for sending this link, showing letters that were published in the Economist in response to their article on falling populations. In case you missed the article, please download How to Deal with a Falling Population (Word doc., 35 KB) http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9644732

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August 27, 2007

Announcing this year’s Everett M. Rogers Award Winner

August 27, 2007 — From the Annenberg School for Communication: For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie Wong (323) 782-3316 leslie.wong@usc.edu Albert Bandura Awarded 2007 Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment-Education Award remembers former USC Annenberg professor by honoring pioneering practitioner LOS ANGELES, August 27, 2007 – Albert...

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August 25, 2007

New website provides easy access to developing country data

August 25, 2007 — Developmentdata.org aims to function as a hub for development data through which researchers and students can quickly find and access free data from reliable sources. This website contains links to developing country data on inequality, trade, aid, education, agriculture, migration, health, FDI, population, governance...

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August 23, 2007

PRB’s 2007 World Population Data Sheet

August 23, 2007 — The 2007 World Population Data Sheet was released on Aug. 16, at a press briefing at the National Press Club, in Washington, DC. The data sheet includes up-to-date demographic, health, and environment data for all countries and major world regions. At the same time,...

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August 22, 2007

Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers

August 22, 2007 — The JHU INFO Project and WHO is publishing the on-line edition of this 372-page book in stages. The first 13 chapters are available for preview through the links provided on the website. Additional chapters will become available over the next few weeks. Family planning...

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August 15, 2007

The Muslim World’s Changing Views Toward Family Planning and Contraception

August 15, 2007 — The Muslim world has the world’s highest rate of population growth, and is involved in more armed conflicts (mainly along the interface between the Muslim- and non-Muslim worlds) than any other region of the world. Examples of conflict zones include Lebanon, Albania, Bosnia, Sarajevo,...

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August 14, 2007

Popcom Shifts Campaign to Natural Family Planning

August 14, 2007 — Thursday, August 09, 2007 Sun Star (Philippines) By Edmund B. Sestoso The Population Commission (Popcom) has shifted its population campaign from scientific ways to natural family planning after the United States government stopped the supply of contraceptives, including pills and condoms. Popcom Central Visayas...

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August 13, 2007

PMC Workshop on FGM with Ethiopian Muslim Leaders

August 13, 2007 — I thought you would be interested in seeing a report from PMC-Ethiopia regarding a recently-completed workshop with Muslim leaders from the Afar region on the subject of FGM. There is an excellent proclamation, starting on page 16 of the report, as well as summaries...

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August 13, 2007

Challenges and opportunities: The population of the Middle East and North Africa

August 13, 2007 — Population Bulletin. 2007 June The countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to fascinate and concern the rest of the world. With two-thirds of the world’s known petroleum reserves, the region’s economic and political importance far outweighs its population size. It...

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August 10, 2007

Bringing HIV Prevention to Scale

August 10, 2007 — Bringing HIV Prevention to Scale: An Urgent Global Priority – Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2007 – In a new report released today, a panel of leading AIDS experts calls for a major scale-up of global HIV prevention programs, citing new data projecting...

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August 9, 2007

Sex, Soap & Social Change – The Sabido Methodology

August 9, 2007 — Click here to learn more about PMC’s theory of change adapted from the Sabido Methodology. PMC Vice President for International Programs Kriss Barker has a feature article in the Global Health Council’s AIDSLink (Issue 104, 1 July, 2007). AIDSLINK, Issue 104 | July 1...

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August 7, 2007

NPR: In Some Circles, Four Kids Is the New Standard

August 7, 2007 — Thanks to PMC Program Assistant Wendi Stein for this story on NPR. We clearly have our work cut out for us. In Some Circles, Four Kids Is the New Standard http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12513004&sc=emaf *Listen to this story* Please click on the headline to the story using...

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August 6, 2007

Poor Countries Losing Out on Family Planning Benefits – New World Bank Report

August 6, 2007 — A new World Bank report today warns that poor countries, wealthy donors, and aid agencies are losing sight of the value of contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health programs in helping to boost economic growth, and reduce high birth rates which are strongly...

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July 30, 2007

Broadcast by Luigi de Marchi

July 30, 2007 — The attached English language transcript of a radio broadcast Luigi de March gave in Italy in June provides an interesting insight into the motivations behind some of those who deny the seriousness of rapid population growth. Luigi de Marchi Broadcast (Word doc., 41 KB)

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July 30, 2007

Culture in the Context of UNFPA Programming

July 30, 2007 — Culture in the Context of UNFPA Programming: ICPD+10 Survey Results on Culture and Religion This publication provides an analysis of responses to questions on culture and religion in the ICPD+10 survey conducted in 165 countries in 2004, ten years after Cairo. It examines the...

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July 29, 2007

M&E Fundamentals: a self-guided minicourse

July 29, 2007 — This mini-course covers the basics of program monitoring and evaluation in the context of population, health, and nutrition programs. It also defines common terms and discusses why M&E is essential for program management. This Handbook/Manual was created by the University of North Carolina at...

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July 27, 2007

PMC Podcast

July 27, 2007 — You can hear an interview with me on the work of Population Media Center by Tom Keefe. Tom is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators whom I met at their convention in New Orleans in June. He serves as Enterprise Communication...

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July 25, 2007

Unmet Need – Lack of Access or Lack of Cultural and Informational Support?

July 25, 2007 — This paper is taken from a much longer paper I wrote in the 1990s, with updated data in the table on page 2. It focuses on the fact that non-use of contraception by the 46 percent of the world’s married women who do not...

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July 24, 2007

Earth Policy News – Losing Soil

July 24, 2007 — Lester R. Brown In 1938, Walter Lowdermilk, a senior official in the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, traveled abroad to look at lands that had been cultivated for thousands of years, seeking to learn how these older civilizations had coped...

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July 22, 2007

IABC Presentation

July 22, 2007 — You can find the power point from the presentation I made in June at the international conference of the International Association of Business Communicators at http://www.iabc.com/education/pdf/Ryerson_M8.pdf. The one by Dr. Negussie Teffera is at http://www.iabc.com/education/pdf/Teffera_M8.pdf. Because these are large documents, they take some time...

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July 22, 2007

No Sustainability Since Agriculture

July 22, 2007 — Thanks to Al Bartlett for forwarding the message below from author Peter Salonius, as well as Peter’s article below. —————————— Hello to all, I have been reading Albert Bartlett’s paper entitled ‘REFLECTIONS ON SUSTAINABILITY, POPULATION GROWTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT —-2006, published IN ‘ The...

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July 17, 2007

Why Age Structure Matters To A Safer, More Equitable World

July 17, 2007 — Thanks to Tod Preston of Population Action International for this article. ———————- “In an increasingly interconnected world, progress in the areas of development, security and human rights must go hand in hand. There will be no development without security and no security without development.”...

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July 16, 2007

Fewer or More? The Real Story of Global Population

July 16, 2007 — As is evident from my frequent emails to this list, and blog postings, population is a subject of great interest to many journalists and other writers – even if many get the story wrong. Attached is a new fact sheet from Population Action International...

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July 15, 2007

Population and Global Warming

July 15, 2007 — Below is a fact sheet on population & global warming that Tod Preston of Population Action International prepared for congressional staff prior to Al Gore’s House and Senate testimony in March. Population and Global Warming (Word doc., 167 KB)

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July 10, 2007

The Great Population Debate

July 10, 2007 — The debate over how many people the world can accommodate began to surface after WW II when new life saving drugs such as penicillin cut death rates and populations grew faster than ever before–from about 1 billion at the end of the 19th Century...

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July 5, 2007

A different feminist take on population

July 5, 2007 — Thanks to John Feeney for this very thoughtful article. ————————– A couple of days ago I spotted something rare — an article from the mainstream press looking squarely at the population issue. Reprinted on Alternet with the title, It’s Time to Fight Population Growth,...

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July 3, 2007

New Tactic Against Rapid Growth

July 3, 2007 — Thanks to Bob Fireovid for this article, describing the lawsuit California Attorney General Jerry Brown brought against San Bernardino County, California, accusing the county of not properly considering the impact of rapid population growth on global warming. —————————- California Attorney General Jerry Brown brought...

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July 1, 2007

A Community’s Optimal Population Size

July 1, 2007 — Thanks to Bob Fireovid for the email and document below. ————————————- Hi, Bill. I really enjoy your e-mail updates and news items. Thank you so much for sending them. Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP), a well organized group in Charlottesville, VA, is...

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July 1, 2007

Retreat on Population

July 1, 2007 — Thanks to Dave Foreman for this article. Retreat on Population (PDF, 185 KB)

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June 29, 2007

Letter in Response to Current Issue of Sierra

June 29, 2007 — Thanks to David Poindexter for this letter to the Sierra Club regarding an article by Paul Raucher. Sierra Club Letter to Editor by David Poindexter

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June 25, 2007

The limits to wind and PV penetration

June 25, 2007 — Thanks to Andrew Ferguson for these articles, which complement his piece about the limits of wind power in the United States with a look at wind power and photovoltaics in the UK. 25 GW UK Wind Study (Word doc., 41 KB) Choosing Uncontrollables )Word...

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June 21, 2007

Introducing Global Health TV

June 21, 2007 — The email below is from Global Health Council ————————————————– Hello Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to a new Council project for communicating global health messages called Global Health TV — www.globalhealthtv.com. This project is a partnership between the Council and HBL Media, a...

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June 19, 2007

Gender and Climate Change

June 19, 2007 — The UN is formally committed to gender mainstreaming within all United Nations policies and programmes. In all societies, in all parts of the world, gender equality is not yet realized. Men and women have different roles, responsibilities and decision making powers. This has consequences...

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May 28, 2007

Interview for radio show

May 28, 2007 — Below is a transcript of an interview I did with Chris Springman’s LIFE, LOVE & HEALTH radio program, which plays on American forces radio, Voice of America and Wal-Mart radio. The actual broadcast will occur in several weeks. The website is www.lifeloveandhealth.com Chris Springman...

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May 28, 2007

Does Watching Sex on Television Influence Teens’ Sexual Activity?

May 28, 2007 — Below is an interresting article. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9068/

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May 20, 2007

Understanding the Sexual Behavior of Adolescents

May 20, 2007 — This is an interresting paper. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB4543/index1.html

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May 19, 2007

Integrating Population, Health, Environment

May 19, 2007 — By Kelly Rand I am well aware of the stigma that comes with being an environmentalist these days. The constant gloomy drumbeat, with no room for hope or a vision for a better tomorrow, has made us this generation’s Chicken Little. However, instead of...

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May 18, 2007

Deforestation: The Hidden Cause of Global Warming

May 18, 2007 — Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article. ———————- In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change....

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May 16, 2007

Bloomberg: “Let’s face up to the fact that our population growth is putting our city on a collision course with the environment”

May 16, 2007 — Saying that he would not spend his final term in office “pretending that all is fine,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made a series of Earth Day proposals this afternoon to improve the environment of New York City, including charging a new congestion fee to...

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May 15, 2007

Diffusion of Innovations and HIV

May 15, 2007 — This is an interesting paper. Download the article: Diffusion of Innovations and HIV

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May 10, 2007

Supreme Court Rules EPA Has Statutory Authority To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

May 10, 2007 — This article was sent to me by a friend who is an environmental attorney with Paul Hastings. For full article, download: Supreme Court Rules EPA Has Statutory Authority

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May 9, 2007

It’s Time to Fight Population Growth, Which Exacerbates Global Warming and Sprawl

May 9, 2007 — Thanks to Doug La Follette for this article. ———————— Getting a better deal for mothers has been at the forefront of the feminist agenda for decades, although you’d never know it from the way the women’s movement is always being accused of attacking women...

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May 3, 2007

PLAN B BUDGET FOR RESTORING THE EARTH – Part Three

May 3, 2007 — Earth Policy Institute Plan B 2.0 Book Byte PLAN B BUDGET FOR SAVING CIVILIZATION Mobilizing to save civilization means restructuring the economy, restoring the economy’s natural support systems, eradicating poverty, and stabilizing population. We have the technologies, economic instruments, and financial resources to do...

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May 2, 2007

PLAN B BUDGET FOR RESTORING THE EARTH – Part Two

May 2, 2007 — Earth Policy Institute Plan B 2.0 Book Byte PLAN B BUDGET FOR RESTORING THE EARTH The health of an economy cannot be separated from that of its natural support systems. More than half the world’s people depend directly on croplands, rangelands, forests, and fisheries...

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May 1, 2007

PLAN B BUDGET FOR RESTORING THE EARTH – Part One

May 1, 2007 — Earth Policy Institute Plan B 2.0 Book Byte PLAN B BUDGET FOR ERADICATING POVERTY AND STABILIZING POPULATION The twenty-first century began on an inspiring note when the countries that belong to the United Nations adopted the goal of cutting the number of people living...

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April 30, 2007

Public-awareness Program for NGO Country-Development Projects

April 30, 2007 — eRepublic.org is beginning a program of no-fee, Web-banner ad placements for NGO / ONG country projects…taking advantage of country specific Web pages on eRepublic.org. The goal of this activity is to add to a project’s ability to promote itself via the WWW and to...

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April 29, 2007

Women’s Group Launches a Mass Anti-Family Planning Campaign in Manipur

April 29, 2007 — Thanks to the Indian Committee of Youth Organizations, representing 356 organizations, for this article. Deciding on Family Size Parents` Prerogative By: Akoijam Sunita IMPHAL, Apr 2: Even though 64.5% of married women in Manipur do not want more than two children, United Women`s Front,...

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April 27, 2007

Struggling to cope with too many people

April 27, 2007 — The article below represents a small part of what Bruce Sundquist indicates will be the overwhelming impact on developing country urban centers of the expected rural to urban migration of 4 billion people by mid century. ————– TWO years ago Zimbabwe’s muscular answer to...

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April 25, 2007

To the Edge of the Universe with Julian Simon

April 25, 2007 — Thanks to Dave Foreman for this excellent article. Download the Article: Dave Foreman Around the Campfire 7 Billion Years (PDF, 105 KB)

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March 30, 2007

Youth Activist’s Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Rights

March 30, 2007 — Published in 2006 by Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, this 40-page “Youth Activist’s Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Rights” aims to: Provide an overview of the sexual and reproductive rights that are protected by international and regional human rights treaties and other...

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March 21, 2007

Papers by Albert Bandura

March 21, 2007 — I encourage you to look at Stanford Psychologist Albert Bandura’s website, which contains most of his publications. www.emory.edu/EDUCATION/mfp/Bandura Al Bandura’s recent publication, Going Global with Social Cognitive Theory: From Prospect to Paydirt, is quite interesting. You can find it under 2006 at http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/BanduraPubsByYear.html#2006

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March 17, 2007

Show Us the Money

March 17, 2007 — Show Us the Money: Is Violence Against Women on the HIV/AIDS Donor Agenda On International Women’s Day, March 8, local and international women’s and human rights groups urged donors to devote more funding to HIV/AIDS programs aimed at reducing women’s vulnerability to infection. At...

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February 7, 2007

The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) Grants $770,000 for a Three Year Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Vietnam

February 7, 2007 — Hanoi, Vietnam – The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) in co-operation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced that it will provide $770,000 for a three-year, social content radio serial drama project in Vietnam. The drama will be created using the Sabido...

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