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December 17, 2015

Nigerian Parliamentarian Pushes for Population Policy

December 17, 2015 — Nigerian Parliamentarian Pushing for New Population Policy Cites PRB Data As Evidence See original/source content: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2015/nigeria-parliament-prb-data-sheet.aspx (December 2015) In late November, Nigerian parliamentarian Babatunde Gabriel Kolawole spoke in the National Assembly and implored his colleagues to come up with a viable policy to “curb the...

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December 16, 2015

World Bank Warns of a Looming Urban Housing Crisis in Africa

December 16, 2015 — World Bank warns of a looming urban housing crisis See original/source content: http://in2eastafrica.net/2015/12/05/world-bank-warns-of-a-looming-urban-housing-crisis/ The report dubbed, ‘Stocktaking of the Housing Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa’ notes that the continent faces a major housing crisis due to rapid urbanization and a growing slum population. “Adequate quality housing is...

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December 15, 2015

The Economist Prints a Flawed But Decent Study of Africa’s Population

December 15, 2015 — The young continent With fertility rates falling more slowly than anywhere else, Africa faces a population explosion See: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21679781-fertility-rates-falling-more-slowly-anywhere-else-africa-faces-population ON A trolley in a government clinic in rural Ethiopia lies Debalke Jemberu. As a medic and a nurse winkle the sperm-carrying tubes out of his...

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December 14, 2015

Latin America & Caribbean: Population & Environment Linkages

December 14, 2015 — High Rates of Unintended Pregnancy Even as Fertility Falls: Population, Contraception, and Research in Latin America and the Caribbean See original/source content: http://fpesa.net/unintended-pregnancy-latin-america-caribbean/ The population of Latin America and the Caribbean has nearly quadrupled since the mid-20th century, from 169 million in 1950 to 634...

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December 11, 2015

Population Institute Announces the Winners of the 2015 Global Media Awards

December 11, 2015 — Zoe Schlanger and Elijah Wolfson will be awarded Best Article for a Newsweek series called “Silver Bullets,” which proposed seven big solutions for seven of the world’s most complex problems. Schlanger and Wolfson’s piece was entitled “How to Defuse the Population Bomb“. Their article...

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December 10, 2015

Leading Catholic Cardinal Realizes Birth Control Can Help on Climate

December 10, 2015 — COP21: Cardinal says birth control may offer climate ‘solution’ See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35040477 One of the Catholic Church’s most senior prelates has said that birth control could “offer a solution” to the impacts of climate change. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Pope’s leading adviser on...

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December 9, 2015

Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 1943 – 2015

December 9, 2015 — Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 72, one of the Earth’s foremost conservationists, died today following a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera in Chilean Patagonia. Through charitable organizations he and his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, founded, the Tompkinses have acquired roughly 2.2 million acres of conservation...

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December 8, 2015

India: Family Planning and the Population Dilemma

December 8, 2015 — India: Family Planning and the Population Dilemma See original/source content: http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/asia-india-family-planning-population-dilemma Sonia Devi rested on a blanket on the packed dirt ground outside her thatched home in a village in the Begusarai district of Bihar. Her two-month-old daughter, Lovely, slept next to her, while her...

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December 7, 2015

Getting the Message “OVER”: Natural Resource Allocations in an Overpopulated World

December 7, 2015 — Getting the Message “OVER”: Natural Resource Allocations in an Overpopulated World See original/source content: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-12-04/getting-the-message-over-natural-resource-allocations-in-an-overpopulated-world By Joe Bish On Wednesday, November 25th, Andy Revkin, senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University, and Dot Earth blogger for the New York Times, decided to use the impending madness of...

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December 4, 2015

Development Corridors Will Slice, Dice & Frack Over Africa’s Protected Areas

December 4, 2015 — African Development Could Spell Environmental Catastrophe See original/source content: http://www.voanews.com/content/african-development-could-spell-out-environmental-catastrophe/3083411.html A new study finds the rapid economic development in Africa may have serious social and environmental consequences. Huge investment projects are speeding ahead to address the urgency to expand agricultural production to feed a population...

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December 3, 2015

Premature Deindustrialization?

December 3, 2015 — Premature Deindustrialization See original/source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerry-jasinowski/india-and-africa_b_8697214.html One of the biggest challenges facing the developed world is static population growth. Japan’s population is actually decreasing. China too, despite its 1.3 billion people, is bracing for a population crisis as it reaps the consequences of its notorious “one...

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December 2, 2015

Imagining a World Without Growth Gives NY Times Writer Nightmares

December 2, 2015 — Imagining a World Without Growth See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/business/economy/imagining-a-world-without-growth.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 Could the world order survive without growing? It’s hard to imagine now, but humanity made do with little or no economic growth for thousands of years. In Byzantium and Egypt, income per capita at the...

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December 1, 2015

“Women Only Fit to Deliver Children” Statement Proves Plenty of Work To Do

December 1, 2015 — Women only fit to deliver children: Indian Muslim leader See original/source content: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1000565/women-only-fit-to-deliver-children-indian-muslim-leader/ A prominent Indian Muslim leader said on Saturday that women could never equal men as “they are only fit to deliver children.” “Gender equality is something which is never going to be...

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November 30, 2015

While in Africa, Pope Francis Should Have Ended the Ban on Condoms

November 30, 2015 — Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms See original/source content: SLATE The St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Homa Bay, Kenya, sits on top of a mountain that overlooks a glistening Lake Victoria. When I visited in mid-November, bookmark-size prayer cards were being distributed...

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November 27, 2015

Turn Your Back on Black Friday: Be a GrowthBuster Instead!

November 27, 2015 — Attack of the Zombie Shoppers 2015 – Free Black Friday Screening See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SjZ70zV1pQ&feature=youtu.be

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November 26, 2015

PMC and CBD Dress Down the Monbiot Turkey

November 26, 2015 — Human Ponzi scheme of population growth can’t go on for ever See: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/22/human-ponzi-scheme-of-population-growth-cant-go-on-for-ever George Monbiot ( There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you’re thinking of, 20 November) is right to point out the devastating impacts of expanding livestock operations around the...

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November 25, 2015

Attention COP21: $1 for Family Planning Saves 1 Ton of Carbon Emissions

November 25, 2015 — $1 spent on family planning saves one ton of carbon emissions See original/course content: http://www.populationmatters.org/2015/population-matters-news/report-on-family-planning-and-carbon-emissions/ In the run-up to the Paris climate summit, new research commissioned by Population Matters in partnership with the University of Lancaster, shows that investing in family planning (reducing future energy...

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November 24, 2015

How Demographics Rule the Global Economy

November 24, 2015 — How Demographics Rule the Global Economy See original/source content: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-demographics-rule-the-global-economy-1448203724 Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro meltdown. They are now...

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November 23, 2015

Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?

November 23, 2015 — Mali: The Shape of Things to Come? See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/mali-the-shape-of-things_b_8616986.html Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are...

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November 20, 2015

By George, He Still Doesn’t Get It: Monbiot Misleads on Population (Again)

November 20, 2015 — There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you think See: The Guardian This column is about the population crisis. About the breeding that’s laying waste to the world’s living systems. But it’s probably not the population crisis you’re thinking of....

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November 19, 2015

A growing number of governments are seeking to raise birth rates

November 19, 2015 — Analysis: More Countries Want More Babies See original/source content: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/11/analysis-more-countries-want-more-babies/ NEW YORK, Nov 17 2015 (IPS) – Concerned with the consequences of demographic decline and population ageing, especially with respect to economic growth, national defence and pensions and health care for the elderly, a growing number...

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November 18, 2015

In Ghana, It Now Appears the Total Fertility Rate is Rising

November 18, 2015 — Improving Family Planning uptake in Ghana See original/source content: http://graphic.com.gh/news/health/53504-improving-family-planning-uptake-in-ghana.html Stakeholders working to promote Family Planning (FP) in Ghana have made several recommendations to strengthen ongoing efforts at influencing increased FP uptake in the country. The recommendations include broad strategies that are expected to reinforce...

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November 17, 2015

Family planning: It’s time to invest

November 17, 2015 — Family planning: It’s time to invest See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/family-planning-it-s-time-to-invest-87267 When the International Conference on Family Planning – scheduled to take place in Indonesia this week – was postponed by the eruption of Mount Rinjani and a subsequent ash cloud, the news was met first with disappointment,...

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November 16, 2015

Good, But Needs Improvement: “Family Planning 2020” Issues Report Card

November 16, 2015 — Unprecedented Number of Women, Girls Using Modern Contraceptives in World’s Poorest Countries See: http://www.familyplanning2020.org/articles/11437 Washington, D.C., 12 November 2015: According to a new report released today by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), more women and girls than ever who want to avoid or delay a pregnancy -290.6...

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November 13, 2015

World Vasectomy Day, 2015

November 13, 2015 — Third Annual Global Vasectomy-A-Thon Livestreams Men Standing Up to Honor Their Families, Their Partners and Our Future See original/source content: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/11/prweb13076042.htm Today, men around the world are getting ready to ‘put their balls on the line’ and sign up for World Vasectomy Day (WVD). WVD...

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November 12, 2015

Long Ignored, Population is Taking a Firm Place in Climate Change Discussions

November 12, 2015 — Long in the Background, Population Becoming a Bigger Issue at Climate Change Discussions See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2015/11/population-bigger-issue-climate-change-discussions/ As most of the world’s governments are puzzling out what they can offer to combat global climate change, a sensitive but critical aspect of the problem is coming...

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November 11, 2015

Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

November 11, 2015 — Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say See original/source content: http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/10/30/abortion-opponents-watch-what-they-do-not-what-they-say/ Last Friday [10/23/15] the U.S. House of Representatives voted (again) to defund Planned Parenthood. Another battle in the ongoing war on Planned Parenthood and abortion. Right? Wrong. If you listen to...

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November 10, 2015

Thanks, Birth Control: New Poll Shows Strong Support for Contraceptive Access

November 10, 2015 — New Poll Shows Widespread Support for Birth Control Access in the U.S. See original/source content: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/11/prweb13068762.htm The majority of adults in the United States – Republicans and Democrats alike – support policies that make it easier for teens and those age 18 and older to...

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November 9, 2015

Pakistan Health Minister: Population Growth Problem as Critical as Polio

November 9, 2015 — ‘Population growth problem as critical as polio’ See original/source content: http://www.dawn.com/news/1217133/population-growth-problem-as-critical-as-polio ISLAMABAD: The rate with which the population is increasing is as critical an issue as is polio, said Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar. At a press conference on Monday about the...

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November 6, 2015

The imams, the Taliban and the condom

November 6, 2015 — The imams, the Taliban and the condom – video See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2015/nov/04/family-planning-clinic-afghanistan-taliban-contraception-video In Afghanistan, half of all deaths among women aged 15 to 49 are because of pregnancy and childbirth, according to Unicef – and most are preventable. But two imams, Mansour Mahsoom and Najiba...

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November 5, 2015

In West Africa, Myths and Misinformation Block Use of Contraception

November 5, 2015 — Stigma deters young people from accessing contraception in Nigeria See original/source content: http://www.trust.org/item/20151102150026-io29t/ Many young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, making it hard for them to access family planning and HIV services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around...

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November 4, 2015

Extinction, the New Environmentalism and the Cancer in the Wilderness

November 4, 2015 — Extinction, the New Environmentalism and the Cancer in the Wilderness See original/source content: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/30/extinction-the-new-environmentalism-and-the-cancer-in-the-wilderness/ The word is in from the wildlife biologists. Say goodbye in North America to the gray wolf, the cougar, the grizzly bear. They are destined for extinction sometime in the next...

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November 3, 2015

Tell The World — What Does Overpopulation Mean to You?

November 3, 2015 — Support PMC’s Giving Tuesday “THUNDERCLAP” This leverages the power of your social media networks to get the #OverpopulationIs message out to a wide audience. See: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/33470-time-to-act-on-overpopulation

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November 2, 2015

As One Child Policy Ends, Tired Old Arguments Drone On

November 2, 2015 — The Observer view on Britain and China’s population challenges Whether it’s an ageing population or a low birth rate, both countries have vital issues to address See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/01/observer-editorial-britain-china-population-challenges At first glance, it might seem that the UK and China have the opposite problem...

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October 30, 2015

“One Couple, Two Children” — China’s One Child Policy is Now History

October 30, 2015 — China Abandons One-Child Policy See: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2015/china-ends-onechild-policy.aspx China has abandoned its “one-child” policy, according to news reports. The policy was previously relaxed January 2014, but in response to the country’s aging population, the Chinese government has proposed an update allowing two children per couple. China has...

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October 29, 2015

Upside Down: Australian City Paving Farmlands As Food Demand Increases

October 29, 2015 — Urban sprawl is eating Melbourne’s foodbowl See original/source content: http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/urban-sprawl-is-eating-melbournes-foodbowl-20151025-gkhvrn.html If you chomped into a fresh strawberry or asparagus spear at a farmers’ market on the weekend, there’s a very high chance it was grown just a few kilometres away on the city’s fringe. Melbourne’s...

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October 28, 2015

African Lion Populations: No Match for Human Onslaught

October 28, 2015 — Lion Population in Africa Likely to Fall by Half, Study Finds See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/african-lion-population-is-dwindling-study-finds.html?_r=1 Lion populations throughout many parts of Africa have declined sharply since the early 1990s and are likely to shrink by half again in the next two decades unless a major conservation...

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October 27, 2015

Pictures of Gender Inequity: Banished To The Shed for Menstruating

October 27, 2015 — A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed See original/source content: NPR Kamala B.K. is tiny. She’s barely 5 feet tall. A bright red ribbon sets off her dark hair. As she walks past our guesthouse in the village of Thankot,...

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October 26, 2015

Africa’s Challenging Demographic Future

October 26, 2015 — OpEd: Africa’s challenging demographic future See original/source content: http://www.humanosphere.org/basics/2015/10/oped-africas-challenging-demographic-future/ Our planet is expected to have 11.2 billion people in 2100, according to the U.N.’s just-released revision of the medium world population projections. With a 2015 population of 7.3 billion, this represents an increase of 3.9 billion...

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October 23, 2015

Juvenile Destroys Planned Parenthood Clinic in New England

October 23, 2015 — Planned Parenthood office vandalized in Claremont See: http://www.unionleader.com/Planned-Parenthood-office-vandalized-in-Claremont CLAREMONT – A juvenile with a hatchet and can of spray paint was arrested inside the city’s Planned Parenthood office Wednesdaymorning in the second act of vandalism there this month. The inside of the office and its...

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October 22, 2015

The Future of Global Development, Mapped

October 22, 2015 — Urbanization, agriculture, and energy could gobble up 20 percent of the world’s remaining natural land by 2050. See original/source content:  http://www.citylab.com/politics/2015/10/the-future-of-global-development-mapped/409654/ By 2050, the world’s population is projected to approach nine billion. With more people will come more developed land-a lot more. Urbanization, agriculture, energy,...

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October 21, 2015

Announcing “World Vasectomy Day” 2015 — November 13th

October 21, 2015 — At the risk of losing you, but definitely not burying the lead, please donate to World Vasectomy Day. It’s been 4 years since I uttered the words WORLD VASECTOMY DAY for the first time. I was traveling with Dr. Doug Stein, the main character...

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October 20, 2015

You’re Invited: Join a Nationwide PMC Conference Call Tonight

October 20, 2015 — Tonight, Population Media Center’s Texas Chapter (PMC-TX) is honored to welcome Ms. Sarah Craven as the guest speaker for October’s chapter-sponsored conference call. PMC-TX’s monthly conference calls feature local, regional, and international experts on population size, growth and/or other population-related issues. You are encouraged to join...

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October 19, 2015

In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth — How Will We Feed Them?

October 19, 2015 — In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth — How Will We Feed Them? See: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/13/agriculture-farming-food-addiction-meat-harvest-hungry-world ‘Tis the season of harvest festivals and farmers are celebrating another bumper crop. British farmers have this year twice smashed the record for the world’s highest-yielding wheat...

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October 16, 2015

Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse

October 16, 2015 — Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse See: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151012181037.htm A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. Published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), marine ecologists...

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October 15, 2015

See You in Court – California Sued by Fake “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

October 15, 2015 — One State Finally Cracked Down on Deceptive Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers See: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/10/state-just-became-first-crack-down-deceptive-anti-abortion-pregnancy-centers California on Friday became the only state to target anti-abortion pregnancy centers with a law cracking down on deceptive practices some have used to prevent or dissuade women from having an abortion. The...

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October 14, 2015

Student Essay: Is Africa’s Growing Population a Threat to the SDG’s?

October 14, 2015 — Is Africa’s growing population a threat to the Sustainable Development Goals? See original/source content: http://www.theigc.org/blog/is-africas-growing-population-a-threat-to-the-sustainable-development-goals/ Recent estimates of Africa’s population indicate that in less than three generations, 41% of the world’s youth will be African (Ibrahim, 2012). Proponents of population growth postulate that this could...

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October 13, 2015

Unflattering Realization: Humans Worse for Wildlife Than Nuclear Disaster

October 13, 2015 — Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left See original/source content: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28281-wildlife-is-thriving-around-chernobyl-since-the-people-left/ The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves...

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October 12, 2015

Here and Now: Worldwide Coral Bleaching Episode Underway

October 12, 2015 — The Oceans Are Becoming Too Hot for Coral, and Sooner than We Expected See original/source content: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-10-09/the-oceans-are-becoming-too-hot-for-coral-and-sooner-than-we-expected This week, scientists registered their concern that super-warm conditions are building to a point where corals are severely threatened across the tropical Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They did so...

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October 9, 2015

Sunday, October 11th: International Day of The Girl Child

October 9, 2015 — Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages See original/source content: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2015/9/malawi-chief-annuls-330-child-marriages In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages – of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers – in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective...

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October 8, 2015

Population Media Center is Hiring — Apply or Nominate Today!

October 8, 2015 — Job: PMC Executive Vice President. Nominate or Apply. See: https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/job/population-media-center/ Population Media Center (PMC) is seeking nominations and applications for the newly created role of Executive Vice President (EVP).  PMC is an international nongovernmental organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of people...

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October 7, 2015

LA Times Writer Fails to Understand Ramifications of Unintended Pregnancies

October 7, 2015 — Let’s give poor women a real choice on family planning See original/source content: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1006-bruenig-contraception-welfare-20151006-story.html You’ve probably read this sentence, or one like it, many times: If we want to fight poverty, we need to nudge poor women away from having children. It’s an old social...

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October 6, 2015

Palm Oil Fires: Putrid Haze Forces Indonesia to Evacuate Infants & Mothers

October 6, 2015 — Indonesia begins evacuation of infants from haze-affected regions See original/source content: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/01/asia/indonesia-evacuates-babies-haze/ Indonesian officials have begun evacuating infants and their mothers from Riau province in Indonesia as levels of air pollution from peat and forest fires on Sumatra remain hazardous across the region. The Mayor of...

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October 5, 2015

The Forces Preventing Unrestricted Access to Contraception

October 5, 2015 — Why 222 million women can’t get the birth control they need See original/source content: http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/09/26/why-222-million-women-cant-get-the-birth-control-they-need/ Last month, Stembile Mugore visited a hospital in Togo, where she met a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth to her fifth child. Mugore is an advisor to Evidence to Action,...

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October 2, 2015

Family Planning & Climate Change: Connecting the Two on MSNBC

October 2, 2015 — Family Planning Rights and Climate Change: Connecting the Two Is the Right Thing to Do See original/source content: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2015/bremner-msnbc-greenhouse.aspx (October 2015) Jason Bremner, associate vice president of International Programs, and program director, Population, Health, and Environment at the Population Reference Bureau, was interviewed on MSNBC’s Greenhouse....

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October 1, 2015

Going Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals on SRHR

October 1, 2015 — A Lancet Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights: going beyond the Sustainable Development Goals By Ann Starrs, President and CEO of Guttmacher See original/source content: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2815%2900250-0/fulltext The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will define a global development agenda for the next 15 years, [were] formally...

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September 28, 2015

PMC to Tackle Child Marriage in Nepal with New Radio Drama

September 28, 2015 — KENDEDA FUND AWARDS POPULATION MEDIA CENTER $1.4M TO FIGHT CHILD MARRIAGE IN NEPAL See: https://www.populationmedia.org/2015/09/21/kendeda-fund-awards-population-media-center-1-4m-to-fight-child-marriage-in-nepal/ SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The Kendeda Fund, a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to supporting the dignity of individuals and the sustainability of communities through investments in transformative leaders and ideas,...

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September 25, 2015

Pope’s Dismissal of Population-Climate Connection is ‘Raving Nonsense’

September 25, 2015 — Pope’s climate push is ‘raving nonsense’ absent population concern, says top US scientist See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/24/popes-climate-stance-is-nonsense-rejects-population-control-says-top-us-scientist One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1...

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September 24, 2015

UN Reviews Development Goals, But (Again) Ignores Population Growth

September 24, 2015 — UN Reviews Development Goals, But Again Ignores Population Growth See original/source content: http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/un-reviews-development-goals-again-ignores-population-growth NEW YORK: As world leaders convene for the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, to reflect on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 and adopt more goals for...

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September 23, 2015

Land Degradation, Measured in Money, Costs $6 to $10 Trillion Annually

September 23, 2015 — World loses trillions of dollars worth of nature’s benefits each year due to land degradation 50 million migrants may be created in a decade See original/source content: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150915090404.htm To better inform the tradeoffs involved in land use choices around the world, experts have assessed the...

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September 22, 2015

Call for Entries! Population Institute’s 36th Annual Global Media Awards

September 22, 2015 — The Population Institute’s Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues. The award honors those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population and family planning through their journalistic endeavors. See: https://www.populationinstitute.org/external/call_for_entries.pdf Guidelines 1. Entries must contain nominee’s complete contact information...

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September 21, 2015

Worldwatch: “Global Consumption Trends Break New Records”

September 21, 2015 — Global Consumption Trends Break New Records See original/source content: http://www.worldwatch.org/global-consumption-trends-break-new-records Washington, D.C.-From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution,...

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September 18, 2015

How to Restart and Conserve an Ecosystem

September 18, 2015 — How to Restart an Ecosystem See original/source content: http://nautil.us/issue/28/2050/how-to-restart-an-ecosystem By Gregg Carr, September 17th, 2015 When I first flew over Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park in March, 2004, I saw a lush, Eden-like landscape. But I couldn’t pick out a single animal. In the 1960s, the park’s...

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September 17, 2015

WWF Issues Emergency Communique: Earth’s Oceans Dying Rapidly

September 17, 2015 — Failing fisheries and poor ocean health starving human food supply – tide must turn See original/source content: http://wwf.panda.org/?uNewsID=252532 GLAND, Switzerland – Populations of fish critical to human food security are in serious decline worldwide with some at risk of collapse according to the emergency edition of...

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September 16, 2015

A Dennis Meadows Interview: “Growing, Growing, Gone!”

September 16, 2015 — Growing, Growing, Gone: Reaching the Limits See original/source content: http://www.greattransition.org/publication/growing-growing-gone The origins of the Club of Rome can be traced back to a keynote speech by Italian industrialist Aurelio Pecci in 1965 at the first meeting of Adela, an investment partnership of banks and multinational...

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September 15, 2015

How will a population boom change Africa?

September 15, 2015 — How will a population boom change Africa? See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34188248 “The statistics give you a certain perspective on the world. You see these grand trends of history through demography, birth and death and when people become married and when they move. “There’s been a...

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September 14, 2015

Women Not Empowered to Control Fertility? Then Ecological Woes Unfixable

September 14, 2015 — If Pope Francis Really Wanted to Fight Climate Change, He’d Be a Feminist See original/source content: http://www.thenation.com/article/the-popes-blind-spot/ If the world consisted only of straight men, Pope Francis would be the world’s greatest voice for everything progressives believe in. He’s against inequality, racism, poverty, bigotry and,...

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September 11, 2015

A Mounting Problem: World’s Cities Belch 10 Billion Tonnes of Waste Annually

September 11, 2015 — The Mounting Problem: World’s Cities Produce up to 10 Billion Tonnes of Waste Each Year, UN Study Estimates –  See original/source content: http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=26844&ArticleID=35410 Inadequate waste management has become a major public health, economic and environmental problem, with 7-10 billion tonnes of urban waste produced each...

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September 10, 2015

Leading Nigerian Paper Confronts the Population Elephant in The Room

September 10, 2015 — STILL ON THE UNCONTROLLED POPULATION GROWTH See original/source content: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/still-on-the-uncontrolled-population-growth/219707/ If the recently released world population figures are anything to go by, Nigeria has a lot to worry about. By all projections, the population of our country is estimated to hit 200 million in the...

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September 9, 2015

Ranking the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries by 2040

September 9, 2015 — Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/27/middle-east-faces-water-shortages-for-the-next-25-years-study-says Water supplies across the Middle East will deteriorate over 25 years, threatening economic growth and national security and forcing more people to move to already overcrowded cities, a new analysis...

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September 8, 2015

Migrant Crisis? Or Standard Anthropocene Operating Procedures?

September 8, 2015 — The European Migrant Crisis Is A Nightmare. The Climate Crisis Will Make It Worse. See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/migrant-crisis-climate-change_55e9ed2de4b03784e275d514 The hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving in Europe or dying on the way to its shores could be a harbinger of things to come, researchers and...

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September 7, 2015

WHAT’S SO SMART ABOUT GROWTH? AL BARTLETT

September 7, 2015 — WHAT’S SO SMART ABOUT GROWTH? AL BARTLETT See original/source content: http://www.conversationearth.org/al-bartlett/ World-renowned physics professor Al Bartlett was quick to tell us “smart growth” and “dumb growth” both lead us to the same undesirable end; “smart growth” just takes you there in style. Bartlett penned Laws Relating...

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September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015 — Regarding birth control, judge issues the weirdest anti-Obamacare ruling yet See original/source content: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-anti-obamacare-20150901-column.html It was clear from the inception that the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling wouldn’t end efforts to undermine the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,...

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September 3, 2015

Tree Population Has Fell 46% Since Start of Civilization

September 3, 2015 — Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/02/scientists-discover-that-the-world-contains-dramatically-more-trees-than-previously-thought/ In a blockbuster study released Wednesday in Nature, a team of 38 scientists finds that the planet is home to 3.04 trillion trees, blowing away the previously estimate of 400 billion. That means, the...

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September 2, 2015

DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population

September 2, 2015 — DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population See original/source content: http://www.voanews.com/content/democratic-republic-of-congo-tries-mega-farms-to-fee-population/2939735.html The Democratic Republic of Congo is trying out a large-scale agricultural plan that is, to say the least, ambitious. The government plans to develop one mega-farm of 50,000 to 150,000 hectares per province – producing...

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September 1, 2015

UNFPA’s Executive Director Explains His Game Plan for the SDGs

September 1, 2015 — UNFPA chief: New development architecture will mean adaptation, more cooperation See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/unfpa-chief-new-development-architecture-will-mean-adaptation-more-cooperation-86800 The architecture of the development agenda and how it will be financed has changed, but the U.N. Population Fund is adapting and looking to new partnerships and innovative financing to continue to promote...

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August 31, 2015

Saved By The Checkbook: Colorado Family Planning Initiative to Continue

August 31, 2015 — Foundation pledges of $2 million save Colorado IUD program as fight continues over public funding See original/source content: http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2015/08/28/foundation-pledges-of-2-million-save-colorado-iud.html A Colorado birth control program that has cut unplanned pregnancies and abortions by nearly half since 2009 will stay alive for at least one more year...

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August 27, 2015

Without Humans, The Whole World Could Look Like Serengeti

August 27, 2015 — Without humans, the whole world could look like Serengeti See original/source content: Science Daily In a world without humans, most of northern Europe would probably now be home to not only wolves, Eurasian elk (moose) and bears, but also animals such as elephants and...

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August 26, 2015

A Kenyan Op-Ed: Lamenting the Nation’s Frightening Demographics

August 26, 2015 — Kenya: Demographic Statistics Project Very Frightening Prospects for This Country See original/source content: http://allafrica.com/stories/201508180243.html The United Nations has just released the World Population Prospects (2015 Revision). This is a respected publication that summarises economic, social and environmental data from member countries of the United Nations....

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August 25, 2015

Mirror, Mirror: Whose the Most Destructive Predator of Them All?

August 25, 2015 — The human ‘superpredator’ is unique – and unsustainable, study says See original/source content: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-human-superpredator-unique-predator-carnivore-fishing-hunting-unsustainable-20150820-story.html If you’re looking for the world’s top “super-predator,” look no further than your own reflection. A new study that examined 2,125 interactions between predators and their prey found that humans kill...

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August 24, 2015

Excellent and Exceptional: A New Essay on Global Population

August 24, 2015 — The Real Demographic Challenge See original/source content: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/demographic-challenge-poor-countries-by-adair-turner-2015-08 The United Nations’ latest population projections suggest that Japan’s population could fall from 127 million today to 83 million by 2100, with 35% of the population then over 65 years old. Europe and other developed economies are aging as...

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August 21, 2015

This Guy Deserves a Medal: Leading Family Planning Efforts in Pakistan

August 21, 2015 — Pakistan: A Tough but Vital Place to Do Family Planning See original/source content: http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2015/08/Pakistan-A-Tough-but-Vital-Place-to-Do-Family-Planning#.VdcU4flVhBf A couple of years ago, I was traveling in the rural areas of Sindh Province in Pakistan and met a woman who had six children. Her resources were so meager that...

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August 20, 2015

Semi-Successfully, Filipino Anti-Choice Movement Fights Rearguard Battle

August 20, 2015 — Why do some pro-life groups hate women so much? Did you know that Sorsogon has an executive order declaring itself a ‘pro-life’ city, hence banning modern contraception? See original/source content: http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/102575-pro-life-groups-women It has been said that the devil is in the details – like the...

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August 19, 2015

Population Growth and Intense Heat Push Texas Power Grid to Limits

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

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August 18, 2015

Tanzania Wildlife District Implements Family Planning as Conservation Strategy

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

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August 17, 2015

Opinions: What if the UK Population Keeps Growing?

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

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August 14, 2015

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

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

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August 13, 2015

August 13th is Earth Overshoot Day this year

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

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August 12, 2015

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

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

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August 11, 2015

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

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

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August 10, 2015

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

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

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August 7, 2015

How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood

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

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August 6, 2015

Will Bangladesh Continue On With Its Family Planning Success?

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

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August 5, 2015

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

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

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August 4, 2015

The Guardian Issues an Atrocious Editorial on Population

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

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August 3, 2015

Nicholas Kristof Stops to Appreciate Dumbing Down of American Politics

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

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July 31, 2015

Family planning helps refugees put their families, futures first

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

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July 30, 2015

Global population set to hit 9.7 billion people by 2050

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

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July 28, 2015

Only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s famed Sundarbans forest

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

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July 27, 2015

Study is first to measure global population-energy relationship

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

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July 24, 2015

Even in India, Population = The Forgotten Problem

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

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July 23, 2015

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

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

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July 22, 2015

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

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

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July 21, 2015

The #CrowdedPlanet Campaign

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

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July 20, 2015

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

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

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July 17, 2015

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

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

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July 16, 2015

Yet Another Planetary Five Alarm Fire Bell

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

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July 15, 2015

In Zimbabwe, Mudede steps up bizarre campaign

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

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July 14, 2015

Humanity has become a planetary arsonist

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

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July 13, 2015

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

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

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July 9, 2015

With Population Expanding Rapidly, Men in Uganda Resist Family Planning

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

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July 8, 2015

Birth Control: Why Zambian Single Women Reject Family Planning

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

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July 6, 2015

Dakota Oil Boom Demonstrates Dysfunction of Rapid Population Growth

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

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July 3, 2015

How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?

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

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July 2, 2015

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

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

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July 1, 2015

UK population increases by 500,000, official figures show

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

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June 30, 2015

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

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

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June 27, 2015

The biodiversity crisis and the environmentalist left

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

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June 26, 2015

‘Abortion drone’ to fly pills across border into Poland

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

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June 25, 2015

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

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

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June 24, 2015

Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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

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June 23, 2015

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

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

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June 22, 2015

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

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

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June 19, 2015

The Papal Encyclical: Taking Umbrage

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

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June 18, 2015

A First Glance: Pope Francis Issues “Environmental” Encyclical

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

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June 17, 2015

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

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

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June 16, 2015

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

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

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June 15, 2015

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

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

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June 12, 2015

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

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

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June 11, 2015

Voices for Biodiversity Reviews The OVER Book

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

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June 10, 2015

In Australia: Infrastructure Cannot be Doubled with Population Doubling

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

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June 9, 2015

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

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

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June 8, 2015

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

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

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June 5, 2015

The 50th Anniversary of Griswold vs CT

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

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June 4, 2015

Aftermath of the NY Times’ Controversial Population Article

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

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June 3, 2015

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

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

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June 2, 2015

NY Times Sets Bar for Public Discourse at New Record Low

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

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May 29, 2015

A Closer Look at The “Breakthrough Institute”

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

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May 28, 2015

As National Birthrate Declines, Malaysians Urged to Make More Babies

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

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May 27, 2015

Collision Course? A Forming El Niño & The Sahel Region

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

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May 26, 2015

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

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

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May 25, 2015

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

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

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May 22, 2015

Study: Global Food Security Increasingly Unstable

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

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May 21, 2015

Family Planning & Religion: How Clerics See It In Nigeria

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

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May 20, 2015

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

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

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May 19, 2015

How FP2020 accelerates progress on MDG 5

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

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May 18, 2015

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

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

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May 15, 2015

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

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

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May 14, 2015

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

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

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May 13, 2015

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

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

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May 12, 2015

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

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

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May 11, 2015

Developing Countries Lag Decades Behind in Global Education

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

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May 8, 2015

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

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

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May 7, 2015

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

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

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May 6, 2015

Family Planning for Health and Development in Senegal

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

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May 5, 2015

Empty Landscapes: Taking Stock of The Great Herbivore Dying

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

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May 4, 2015

Unrestricted Access to Contraception & the Human-Wildlife Connection

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

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May 1, 2015

Contraceptive funding dies in Colorado Senate

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

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April 30, 2015

First Glimpses of The Pope’s “Environmental Encyclical”

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

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April 29, 2015

Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature

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

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April 28, 2015

Talking About the Ecological Elephant In The Room

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

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April 27, 2015

Commission on Population and Development Unable to Agree upon Proposed Resolution

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

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April 24, 2015

Consequential Omissions: How Demography Shapes Development

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

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April 23, 2015

EDITORIAL: Ignorance is not bliss when subject is sex education

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

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April 22, 2015

How to save oceans with contraceptives

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

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April 21, 2015

The new class of Endangered Species Condoms.

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

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April 20, 2015

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

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

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April 17, 2015

The Hidden Opportunity for Climate Compatible Development

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

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April 16, 2015

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

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

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April 15, 2015

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

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

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April 14, 2015

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

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

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April 13, 2015

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

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

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April 10, 2015

Can Egypt Return to an Era of Smart Population Policy?

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

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April 9, 2015

Iran: the health cost of a political order

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

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April 8, 2015

Herman Daly Reviews “Collision Course”

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

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April 7, 2015

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

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

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April 6, 2015

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

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

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April 3, 2015

Remembering Our Friend, Searle Whitney

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

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April 2, 2015

Survey: Young Republicans Support Birth Control

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

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April 1, 2015

Population Pressures on The Land, Families in Burundi

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

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March 31, 2015

Global Population Speak Out Campaign Video

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March 30, 2015

Federal Court Permanently Blocks Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Requirement

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

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March 27, 2015

Bill Ryerson’s Introduction to “OVER”

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

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March 26, 2015

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

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

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March 25, 2015

“Complacent Assumptions” on Population Growth Slowing are Proving Wrong

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

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March 23, 2015

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

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

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March 20, 2015

Road rage: scientists denounce $60 trillion infrastructure expansion

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

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March 19, 2015

Global dependence on food imports leaves countries vulnerable

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

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March 18, 2015

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

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

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March 17, 2015

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

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

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March 16, 2015

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

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

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March 13, 2015

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

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

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March 12, 2015

Samoan PM slams family planning

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

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March 11, 2015

Controversial Opinion: Nature Is Losing The Battle Against Humans

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

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March 10, 2015

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

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

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March 9, 2015

SOCIAL JUSTICE REQUIRES FAMILY PLANNING

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

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March 6, 2015

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

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

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March 5, 2015

In Uganda, New Population Advocacy Strategy Calls for Communications Experts

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

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March 4, 2015

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

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

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March 3, 2015

PNAS Study: Climate, Population Helped Spark Syrian Conflict

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

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