Category Archives: Daily Email


February 27, 2015

More New Population Publications For Your Review

February 27, 2015 — In addition to Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, we have had several other population thinkers and authors contact us recently informing PMC of their new population focused publications.   First, Dr. Phil Cafaro, professor of philosophy and faculty member in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability...

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February 26, 2015

A Thirsty, Violent World

February 26, 2015 — A Thirsty, Violent World See original/source content: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/coming-water-wars   Angry protesters filled the streets of Karachi last week, clogging traffic lanes and public squares until police and paratroopers were forced to intervene. That’s not rare in Pakistan, which is often a site of political and...

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February 25, 2015

Population: Four Out of Five Scientists Agree…

February 25, 2015 — Population: Four Out of Five Scientists Agree… See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/population-four-out-of-fi_b_6581188.html A new poll of American scientists suggests that a large majority of them (82 percent) regard population growth as a major challenge, almost as many as those who believe that climate change is mostly due to...

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February 24, 2015

Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal

February 24, 2015 — Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal See original/source content: https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/population-decline-and-great-economic-reversal In recent weeks, we have been focusing on Greece,Germany, Ukraine and Russia. All are still burning issues. But in every case, readers have called my attention to what they see as an underlying and even defining...

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February 23, 2015

Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think

February 23, 2015 — Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think See original/source content: Yale360 McCauley: “It is that transition from harvest to habitat degradation that has us so concerned. We think this is a really transitional event in ocean wildlife health. When we talk about...

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February 20, 2015

Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet

February 20, 2015 — See original/source content: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/limits-to-growth/6088808#transcript “…Although galloping economic growth already seemed normal to most younger people living in the developed world in 1972, the growth that took off after WW2 was not normal. It is absolutely unprecedented in all of history. Nothing like it has ever...

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February 19, 2015

Heartfile population growth documentary inspires action

February 19, 2015 — Heartfile population growth documentary inspires action See original/source content: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-302393-Heartfile-population-growth-documentary The Ministry of National Health Services Tuesday announced its intention to set up an institutional arrangement for the implementation of recommendations contained in ‘The Population Emergency,’ a documentary which features Pakistan’s five decade-long commitment to...

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February 18, 2015

Colorado must retain funding for birth control

February 18, 2015 — Colorado must retain funding for birth control See original/source content: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27520930/keep-funding-birth-control Colorado is at a watershed moment in the battle to end unintended pregnancy, drastically reduce abortion rates, and improve the health of mothers and babies. Long-acting contraceptives like IUDs and implants helped reduce our...

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February 17, 2015

Birth control can help the planet

February 17, 2015 — Birth control can help the planet See original/source content: http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/473949/birth-control-can-help-the-planet As Pope Francis was returning to Rome from the Philippines last month, he told journalists about a woman who had had seven children by caesarean section and was now pregnant again. This was, he said, “tempting...

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February 16, 2015

The Global Population Speak Out of 2015

February 16, 2015 — Population Media Center and the Population Institute, along with many partner organizations around the world — including the Foundation for Deep Ecology — are happy to announce the Global Population Speak Out of 2015. Beginning today and lasting throughout the calendar year, this “Speak...

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February 13, 2015

Foreward by Musimbi Kanyoro, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

February 13, 2015 — Foreward by Musimbi Kanyoro, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot See original/source content: https://populationspeakout.org/the-book/kanyoro-foreword/ WE ARE ONE HUMAN RACE living on one planet. We aspire for the same things: food, water, good health, and most of all dignity and loving relationships. We yearn for opportunity, voice, and resources...

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February 12, 2015

See How Condoms Reach the Most Remote Villages in Africa

February 12, 2015 — See How Condoms Reach the Most Remote Villages in Africa See original/soruce content: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/advice/a6292/condoms-tanzania-pathfinder/ Condoms remain some of the most effective and affordable tools for combating the transmission of HIV, the spread of sexually transmitted infections and the instances of unintended pregnancy. But how do...

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February 11, 2015

Brazil’s Largest City May Soon Have Running Water Only 2-Days Per Week

February 11, 2015 — Deforestation causing São Paulo drought See original/source content: http://geographical.co.uk/places/cities/item/761-deforestation-behind-sao-paulo-drought Water rationing. Power cuts. Crop slumps. The past twelve months has seen Brazil being hit harder and harder by the effects of drought, as first São Paulo, then other regions of the country, struggle to cope...

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February 10, 2015

Modern Birth Control Could Prevent 15M Unwanted Pregnancies

February 10, 2015 — Modern Birth Control Could Prevent 15M Unwanted Pregnancies See original/source content: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/839356 Optimal use of modern contraceptives could avert an estimated 15 of 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies each year in 35 low- and middle-income countries, according to a demographic health survey. Saverio Bellizzi, MSc, from...

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February 9, 2015

Population is one cause of Lake Champlain problems

February 9, 2015 — Population is the cause of lake problems See original/source content: Rutland Herald Thanks for publishing the two perspective columns on “Troubled Water” regarding the cleanup of Lake Champlain in the Feb. 1 edition. Unfortunately, neither Elizabeth Courtney nor James Ehlers addresses the true cause...

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February 6, 2015

Report: Family Planning Is Cost-effective Strategy for Climate, Food Security

February 6, 2015 — Report: Family Planning Is Cost-effective Strategy for Climate, Food Security See original/source content: http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/58896-report-family-planning-is-cost-effective-strategy-for-climate-food-security.html SAN FRANCISCO-(ENEWSPF)–February 5, 2015.  A new report from the University of California, San Francisco’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health states that access to family planning services is a cost-effective strategy to addressing...

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February 5, 2015

Sunderbans, Ecological Jewel, Threatened by Population Size & Growth

February 5, 2015 — ‘Growing Population Threatening Sunderbans’ See original/source content: http://www.indiawest.com/news/india/growing-population-threatening-sunderbans/article_bb1fd84e-ab94-11e4-8ac7-f3fdf5af9825.html Kolkata: The growing population of the Sunderbans – the world’s largest mangrove forests – is exerting extraordinary pressure on its fragile ecosystem, a World Bank report has said. The report, “Building Resilience For Sustainable Development of the...

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February 4, 2015

Religious leaders unite to promote family planning

February 4, 2015 — Religious leaders unite to promote family planning See original/source content: http://www.tribune.com.ng/news/community-news/item/28315-religious-leaders-unite-to-promote-family-planning RELIGIOUS leaders from the two major faiths in Oyo State – Christianity and Islam – have pledged to promote family planning among their faithful, going by the health, social and economic benefits of the...

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February 3, 2015

Center for Biological Diversity Job Announcements

February 3, 2015 — Center for Biological Diversity Job Announcements Population Organizer: The pop organizer will run our Endangered Species Condoms project as well as other campaigns to raise awareness about the connection between population growth and wildlife extinction and advocate for reproductive rights, social justice, environmental protection...

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February 2, 2015

Climate and population are linked – but maybe not the way you thought

February 2, 2015 — Climate and population are linked – but maybe not the way you thought See original/source content: http://grist.org/climate-energy/climate-and-population-are-linked-but-maybe-not-the-way-you-thought/ It’s not a topic that comes up in high-level international negotiations on climate change. Yet who would disagree that when individuals and couples use modern contraception to plan childbearing according to...

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January 30, 2015

Tim Ryan: Why I changed my thinking on abortion

January 30, 2015 — Tim Ryan: Why I changed my thinking on abortion See original/source content: http://www.ohio.com/editorial/tim-ryan-why-i-changed-my-thinking-on-abortion-1.561970 There are many factors involved when a woman decides to end a pregnancy, and over the past 14 years in political office, I have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and...

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January 29, 2015

Egypt convicts doctor, father in first ever FGM trial

January 29, 2015 — Egypt convicts doctor, father in first ever FGM trial An organisation which has long campaigned against FGM dubbed the verdict “historic.” See original/source content: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/121362/Egypt/Politics-/UPDATED-Egypt-convicts-doctor,-father-in-first-eve.aspx A father and a doctor have been convicted for the death of a 13-year-old girl who died after being subjected...

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January 28, 2015

Expert Advice: Beware of “Carbon Humanitarianism”

January 28, 2015 — Excerpt: Carbon Counterattack  — How Big Oil Is Responding to the Anti-Carbon Moment See original/source content: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175940/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_perpetuating_the_reign_of_carbon/ No Growth Without Us… The cornerstone of the Exxon report is its claims that ever-increasing supplies of energy are needed to sustain economic growth and ensure human betterment, and that...

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January 27, 2015

LA Times: Why we need to address population growth’s effects on global warming

January 27, 2015 — Why we need to address population growth’s effects on global warming See original/source content: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-population-and-climate-change-20150125-story.html Earlier this month, Pope Francis made news when he said that not only was climate change real, but it was mostly man-made. Then, last week, he said that couples do...

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January 26, 2015

Top Law Schools in U.S. To Hear Population Discussions

January 26, 2015 — Legally Brief: Animal Protection and Human Population Growth See original/source content: http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-animal-protection-and-human-population-growth/ In the past 50 years, my own lifetime, the human population has more than doubled from about 3.2 billion to more than 7 billion. There will likely be more than 10 billion by...

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January 26, 2015

Top Law Schools in U.S. To Hear Population Discussions

January 26, 2015 — Legally Brief: Animal Protection and Human Population Growth See original/source content: http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-animal-protection-and-human-population-growth/ In the past 50 years, my own lifetime, the human population has more than doubled from about 3.2 billion to more than 7 billion. There will likely be more than 10 billion by...

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January 23, 2015

Pope rows back from ‘rabbits’ comments, praises large families

January 23, 2015 — Pope rows back from ‘rabbits’ comments, praises large families See original/source content: http://news.yahoo.com/pope-rows-back-rabbits-comments-praises-large-families-110433728.html Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a “gift from God”, just days after he said Catholics did not need to “breed like rabbits”. In an apparent...

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January 22, 2015

Renewable resources reach their limits

January 22, 2015 — Renewable resources reach their limits See original/source content: http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=33456 Can the world continue expanding its use of renewable resources at an increasing rate? Most likely not. Using a data set of over 25 resources researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Yale University...

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January 21, 2015

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

January 21, 2015 — Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/study-raises-alarm-for-health-of-ocean-life.html?_r=0 A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living...

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January 20, 2015

Pope says contraception ban does not mean breed ‘like rabbits’

January 20, 2015 — Pope says contraception ban does not mean breed ‘like rabbits’ Francis says no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size See original/source content: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/pope-says-contraception-ban-does-not-mean-breed-like-rabbits-1.2072312 Pope Francis last night sprang a surprise when he called on Catholics not to “breed like rabbits” but instead...

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January 19, 2015

Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

January 19, 2015 — Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’, scientists warn See original/source content: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/human-activity-has-pushed-earth-beyond-four-of-nine-planetary-boundaries-scientists-warn-20150116-12rjh9.html At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the conclusion of...

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January 16, 2015

Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos

January 16, 2015 — Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos Family planning advice service in Laos proving a success despite lack of female advisers and no government strategy to hire them. See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/13/condoms-contraceptive-pills-laos-birth-control-family-planning Bounthone Kongphongma knows family planning arrived too late for his generation in rural...

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January 15, 2015

Women and Families Beware, the New GOP Congress is Here

January 15, 2015 — Women and Families Beware, the New GOP Congress is Here See original/source content: Population Connection While the beginning of a new year is usually a time filled with hope and progress, the outset of 2015 couldn’t feel more different. That’s because last week marked...

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January 14, 2015

7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015

January 14, 2015 — 7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015 See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/7-family-planning-trends-to-watch-for-in-2015-85182 This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and trends to watch for: 1. The abortion pill The abortion pill is at the top...

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January 13, 2015

TURKEY UNVEILS PLAN FOR MORE BABIES

January 13, 2015 — TURKEY UNVEILS PLAN FOR MORE BABIES See original/source content: http://newsweekpakistan.com/turkey-unveils-plan-for-more-babies/ NEW WELFARE PROGRAM HOPES TO COUNTER SLOWDOWN IN COUNTRY’S POPULATION GROWTH. Turkey’s government on Thursday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for married couples to have more children...

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January 12, 2015

The protesters who are trying to upend the ‘fantasy world’ of economics

January 12, 2015 — The protesters who are trying to upend the ‘fantasy world’ of economics At a gathering of America’s top economists, a small group of students is battling for the soul of economics. See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2015/01/05/the-protesters-who-are-trying-to-upend-the-fantasy-world-of-economics/ There were leaflets, a manifesto, and this warning: “On campus...

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January 9, 2015

Population Institute: 15 States Get “F” on Reproductive Health Report Card

January 9, 2015 — Reproductive Health: The Battle Resumes See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/reproductive-health-the-b_b_6438398.html   With the convening of the new Congress, the fight over reproductive health and rights has been renewed, and members of the new Congress are not wasting any time in drawing the battle lines. Reps. Trent...

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January 7, 2015

Population boom driving Philippines’ climate vulnerability

January 7, 2015 — Population boom driving Philippines’ climate vulnerability  See original/source content: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/01/05/population-boom-driving-philippines-climate-vulnerability/ The Philippines’ rapidly growing population is increasing its vulnerability to climate change, according to a government document. Around 92 million people [sic] live in the Philippines and the number is growing by 1.9% a year....

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January 6, 2015

U.S. Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization

January 6, 2015 — U.S. Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations. See original/source content: http://www.propublica.org/article/u.s.-bishops-take-aim-at-sterilization The Vatican has an absolute prohibition on sterilization for the purposes of birth control. The U.S. Catholic bishops consider the procedure...

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January 5, 2015

In Kenya, Family Planning is an Economic Safeguard

January 5, 2015 — In Kenya, Family Planning is an Economic Safeguard See original/source content: http://www.voanews.com/content/in-kenya-family-planning-is-an-economic-safeguard/2579394.html With Kenya’s population expected to double by the year 2050, the government and non-governmental organizations are investing heavily in family planning. Providing contraception and education to women is not just about population control,...

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January 2, 2015

Saudi Arabia mulls birth control policy

January 2, 2015 — Saudi Arabia mulls birth control policy See original/source content: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/saudi-arabia-mulls-birth-control-policy-576866.html   Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is considering implementing a population control policy following a doubling of the population in just 15 years.   The king’s religious consultative body, the Shoura Council, has forwarded a report...

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January 1, 2015

One New Year’s Resolution We Can’t Afford to Break

January 1, 2015 — One New Year’s Resolution We Can’t Afford to Break See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-feldstein/one-new-years-resolution-_b_6393214.html As you’re poring over your resolutions this week, add this one somewhere between saving money and learning a new skill: Share the planet.   This year has been full of bad news...

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December 31, 2014

Resolving to Beat the Helms Amendment in 2015

December 31, 2014 — Dear Mr. President, See original/source content: http://populationaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Helms-Letter.pdf   We, representatives of 80 undersigned organizations, write to urge you to take immediate action to correct the unduly restrictive implementation of the Helms Amendment by issuing guidance to USAID and the State Department to allow abortion services in...

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December 30, 2014

Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

December 30, 2014 — Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To? See original/source content: NPR   In the village of Mereto, Ngour Sen, 56, reclined on a green foam mattress next to a pile of massive rice bags in the seclusion of his storeroom. His...

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December 29, 2014

Studies indicate a bleak future for wildlife

December 29, 2014 — Studies indicate a bleak future for wildlife See original/source content: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2014/12/28/studies-indicate-a-bleak-future-for-wildlife.html   Earth’s environment undoubtedly has endured worse years than the one about to pass, suggesting that catastrophes visit naturally without human influence. Think of the asteroid some 65 million years ago that purportedly wiped...

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December 28, 2014

Sex will soon be just for fun not babies, says father of the Pill

December 28, 2014 — Sex will soon be just for fun not babies, says father of the Pill Prof Carl Djerassi claims advances in fertility treatment make it safer for parents without fertility problems to consider IVF See original/source content: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11217750/Sex-will-soon-be-just-for-fun-not-babies-says-father-of-the-Pill.html Sex could become purely recreational by 2050 with...

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December 27, 2014

Around the World in 5 Stories: Saturday Population Pot-Pourri

December 27, 2014 — Man walks backwards to spread population control message See original/source content: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/a gra/Man-walks-backwards-to-spread-population- control-message/articleshow/45633068.cms   Agra: A 45-year-old owner of a departmental store in Meerut has been walking backwards for over a year to emphasize the downsides of rising population, and bring into focus “all...

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December 26, 2014

Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports

December 26, 2014 — Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports See original/source content: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-232.html   By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the...

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December 25, 2014

Forget Santa, 49% of Americans Believe Climate Chaos = “End Times”

December 25, 2014 — Yes, half of America believes that the end times are causing natural disasters See original/source content: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2 014/11/21/yes-half-of-america-believes-that-the-end-times-are-causing-natural-disasters/   The one good thing about strange weather is that it can always be used to confirm whatever you believed was going on with the climate. Cold? “Feel that? And they tell...

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December 24, 2014

John Muir’s Last Stand

December 24, 2014 — John Muir’s Last Stand See original/source content : http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-12-24/john-muir-s-last-stand JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. One hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s...

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December 23, 2014

Senator Bill Frist on Population

December 23, 2014 — Population See original/source content: http://www.etsu.edu/cph/blog_articles/blog_121914.aspx   Almost all of the problems of the world today either stem from, or are worsened by, overcrowding. In October, 2011, the world’s population passed the 7 billion mark-seven thousand million-7,000,000,000. That’s a lot of people.   To give you...

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December 22, 2014

Mobile Tech Drives Faster Data Collection for Family Planning

December 22, 2014 — Mobile Tech Drives Faster Data Collection for Family Planning Indicators With PMA2020 See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/12/mobile-tech-drives-faster-data-collection-family-planning-indicators/   In an effort to revamp the time-intensive process of conducting household surveys to collect health data in developing countries, a new project is using mobile phones and rapid...

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December 21, 2014

Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development

December 21, 2014 — Making the Connection: Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development See original/source content: http://www.worldwatch.org/making-connection-population-dynamics-and-climate-compatible-development-0   Washington, D.C.-Policymakers and others working to slow human-caused climate change and make societies more resilient to its impacts should consider potential contributions to that effort from expanded access to family planning,...

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December 20, 2014

Atlantic Magazine Touts “The Return of The Rhythm Method”

December 20, 2014 — The Return of The Rhythm Method See original/source content: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/print/2014/12/return-of-the-rhythm-method/383545/ Every morning when she wakes up, Becca, a college student in Pennsylvania, puts a teardrop-shaped thermometer called the Daysy under her tongue. If it lights up green, she knows that day she and her boyfriend can have...

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December 19, 2014

Newsweek: How to Defuse the Population Bomb

December 19, 2014 — How to Defuse the Population Bomb See original/source content: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/12/26/fixing-crowded-earth-293024.html When night falls on Kibera, it is like a door slamming shut. When the sun is up, things are hectic and loud, rough and fetid, but always safe and even welcoming: Bright colors abound and...

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December 18, 2014

Nigeria records 200,000km roads, 17m housing deficits

December 18, 2014 — Nigeria records 200,000km roads, 17m housing deficits See original/source content: http://www.theguardianmobile.com/readNewsItem1.php?nid=37877 NIGERIA needs about 400,000 kilometrers of roads to meet its quest for infrastructure development, approximately twice the volume of the present road network cross the 36 states of the federation. Likewise, the nation’s...

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December 17, 2014

CONFLATING CONTRACEPTION WITH ABORTION

December 17, 2014 — CONFLATING CONTRACEPTION WITH ABORTION IS PART OF A STRATEGIC CAMPAIGN TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO BOTH See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/12/15/index.html Leading U.S. antiabortion organizations are promoting the falsehood that some common methods of contraception-in particular, emergency contraception and intrauterine devices (IUDs)-constitute abortion. However, they have done...

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December 16, 2014

The Rise of the UID

December 16, 2014 — The Rise Of The IUD See original/source content: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/12/11/3602217/women-using-iud-rising/   The number of U.S. women opting for long-term reversible methods of birth control – a category of highly effective contraceptives that includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants – is steadily rising, according to a new...

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December 15, 2014

Nations must keep expanding conservation efforts to avoid a biodiversity crisis

December 15, 2014 — Protect and serve See original/source content: http://www.nature.com/news/protect-and-serve-1.16514 There are 22,413 species deemed at risk of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). If some ambitious person tried to read out their names – without any breaks for food or water –...

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December 14, 2014

Slower Population Growth Could Significantly Reduce Carbon Emissions, Paper Finds

December 14, 2014 — Slower Population Growth Could Significantly Reduce Carbon Emissions, Paper Finds See original/source content: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/press-releases/press-releases/slower-population-growth-could-significantly-reduce-carbon-emissions-paper-finds Washington, D.C.- A new research paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) offers more evidence that slower population growth could significantly reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. The paper, “The Consequences...

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December 13, 2014

Population Institute Names 35th Annual Global Media Award Winners

December 13, 2014 — Population Institute Names 35th Annual Global Media Award Winners See original/source content: http://www.populationinstitute.org/newsroom/news/view/65/ Washington, DC -The Population Institute today is pleased to announce the winners of the 35th annual Global Media Awards competition. This year’s award recipients addressed a wide range of population-related issues, including the...

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December 12, 2014

UN’s “Road to Dignity by 2030” Needs Repairs

December 12, 2014 — Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General’s Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lyric-thompson/girls-left-behind-review-_b_6296748.html   Late last week, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released his long-awaited reportsynthesizing various inputs to and, theoretically setting a vision for, the post-2015 development...

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December 11, 2014

A Look at The “Cromnibus” Bill From a Family Planning Perspective

December 11, 2014 — Update from Brian Dixon, Population Connection   Dear Friend ,   As you may have heard, the House and Senate have finalized the 2015 appropriations package- ridiculously named the “Cromnibus”-for the fact that it’s an odd hybrid of a continuing resolution for the Department...

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December 10, 2014

Vietnam launches Month of Action on Population towards sustainable development

December 10, 2014 — Vietnam launches Month of Action on Population towards sustainable development See original/source content: http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/24576/vietnam-launches-month-of-action-on-population-towards-sustainable-development The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has launched the 2014 National Month of Action on Population, which aims to maintain a reasonably low birth rate – every couple should have two children...

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December 9, 2014

Tassie needs more mums in push for population growth (sic)

December 9, 2014 — Tassie needs more mums in push for population growth See original/source content: http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/tassie-needs-more-mums-in-push-for-population-growth/story-fnn32rbc-1227147070840   TASMANIA needs to attract more women of child-bearing age if the Government’s bold population target of 650,000 by 2050 is to be achieved, a leading demographer says.   Data released...

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December 8, 2014

In Nigeria: Funding Pledge for Contraceptives Signed in Disappearing Ink

December 8, 2014 — Nigeria: NURHI raises alarm over FG default in funding family planning See original/source content: http://www.worldstagegroup.com/worldstagenew/index.php?active=news&newscid=19220&catid=10   WorldStage Newsonline– Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) has raised an alarm that family planning commodities may become scare as government was yet to release fund for procurement...

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December 7, 2014

African Giraffe ‘Silent’ Extinction

December 7, 2014 — African Giraffe ‘Silent’ Extinction: How Disappearance Of World’s Tallest Animal Went Largely Unnoticed See original/source content: http://www.ibtimes.com/african-giraffe-silent-extinction-how-disappearance-worlds-tallest-animal-went-1736448 Africa’s giraffes are on a slow march toward extinction due to the pressures of poaching and habitat loss, conservation experts have warned. Illegal hunting and human population...

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December 6, 2014

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FALL FAR SHORT OF NEEDS IN DEVELOPING REGIONS

December 6, 2014 — SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FALL FAR SHORT OF NEEDS IN DEVELOPING REGIONS See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/12/04/AddingItUp2014.html LONDON, 4 December 2014-A new report finds a staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. The report, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits...

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December 5, 2014

U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year

December 5, 2014 — U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year; Economy Could Be Factor See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/us/us-sees-decline-in-births-for-sixth-year.html?_r=0 The number of women in the United States who gave birth dropped last year, according to federal statistics released Thursday, extending the decline for a sixth year. The National Center...

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December 4, 2014

Pakistan: Number of Jobless Youth to Double by 2020

December 4, 2014 — United we stand: Statistics reveal number of jobless youth to double by 2020 See original/source content: http://tribune.com.pk/story/798451/united-we-stand-statistics-reveal-number-of-jobless-youth-to-double-by-2020/ Karachi — There are approximately four million jobless youth, between the ages of 15 and 24, in Pakistan. Without adequate infrastructure to support this generation’s education and vocational...

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December 3, 2014

Infection, not just fake medicines, behind 16 Chhattisgarh deaths

December 3, 2014 — Infection, not just fake medicines, behind 16 Chhattisgarh deaths See original/source content: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Infection-not-just-fake-medicines-behind-16-Chhattisgarh-deaths/articleshow/45340934.cms NEW DELHI: An independent report has indicated that septicemia – that is infection during or after the mass sterilization surgeries-and not just spurious medicines could be behind the deaths of the 16...

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December 2, 2014

Rotten in Denmark: Locals Pledge New Babies to Avoid School Closures

December 2, 2014 — Sex please! Danes vow to save town schools by having more kids See original/source content: http://rt.com/news/209851-sex-children-danish-town/ As schools and daycare centers in a Danish town face closure, parents have agreed with local councils to have more sex and thus make more children to improve...

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December 1, 2014

Uncrowded.org’s New Twist to Population & Family Planning

December 1, 2014 — Uncrowded.org See original/source content: http://uncrowded.org/ Between 2008 and 2011 studies showed that a substantial number of young people did not understand how having fewer children related to population growth, and did not feel that their having fewer children actually affected the environment. Moreover, population growth...

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November 30, 2014

Despite Agreement on Birth Control Access, Eco-socialists Still Dislike Population Activism

November 30, 2014 — Too Many of Whom? Population and Climate Change See original/source content: http://www.planetexperts.com/many-population-climate-change/ …The Wilson Center, an influential think-tank based in D.C., is attempting to take a nuanced approach to exploring population growth. A report from the institute, set to be released by the end of this...

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November 29, 2014

School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size

November 29, 2014 — School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size See original/source content: HERE It’s a bunch of guys sitting around talking. About the benefits of birth control. About how a woman should take care of herself when she’s pregnant. About breast-feeding. You know,...

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November 28, 2014

Risk from extreme weather set to rise

November 28, 2014 — Risk from extreme weather set to rise Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says. See original/source content: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30215782 The Royal Society warns that the risk of heatwaves to an ageing population will rise about...

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November 27, 2014

Uganda jails five for genital mutilation

November 27, 2014 — Uganda jails five for genital mutilation See original/source content: http://www.modernghana.com/news/582255/1/uganda-jails-five-for-genital-mutilation.html Kampala (AFP) – Five men and women in Uganda have been jailed for mutilating the genitals of girls, a rare conviction in the country which is trying to stamp out the often deadly practice. The...

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November 26, 2014

Green Revolution trebles human burden on planet

November 26, 2014 — Green Revolution trebles human burden on planet American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance. See original/source content: http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/green-revolution-trebles-human-burden-on-planet/ LONDON, 22 November, 2014 – Humans are changing not just climate overall,...

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November 25, 2014

World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century

November 25, 2014 — World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century See original/source content: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/11/world-population-human-capital-21st-century/ With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according...

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November 24, 2014

‘Link population to foreign policy’

November 24, 2014 — ‘Link population to foreign policy’ The executive director of the Partners in Population and Development (PPD) has suggested that population issues be made part of foreign policy. See original/source content: http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/11/03/link-population-to-foreign-policy Joe Thomas, also a global leader in the area of public health, population and...

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November 23, 2014

In Quickly Growing Jordan, Water Quickly Dwindling

November 23, 2014 — No solutions on the horizon for water crisis – Nasser See original/source content: http://jordantimes.com/no-solutions-on-the-horizon-for-water-crisis—-nasser AMMAN – Jordan has run out of all projects that can be implemented to generate additional water, a senior government official said on Saturday, stressing that water deprivation will remain a challenge...

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November 22, 2014

These are the voices you did not hear after the Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy

November 22, 2014 — These are the voices you did not hear after the Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy See original/source content: http://qz.com/299712/these-are-the-voices-you-did-not-hear-after-the-chhattisgarh-sterilization-tragedy/ Introduction Last week the world’s attention was brought to women’s reproductive rights in India. Specifically, women’s rights in the contentious issue of female sterilization, India’s most common method of family...

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November 21, 2014

IN ZIMBABWE ADOLESCENTS LACK ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INFORMATION AND SERVICES

November 21, 2014 — IN ZIMBABWE ADOLESCENTS LACK ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INFORMATION AND SERVICES See original/source content: https://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/11/19/index.html See full report: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/IB-Zimbabwe.html#12 Significant numbers of adolescents in Zimbabwe do not have access to the essential sexual and reproductive health information and services they need to protect themselves from...

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November 20, 2014

The World Reshaped

November 20, 2014 — The World Reshaped See original/source content: http://www.economist.com/news/21631911-end-population-pyramid-world-reshaped In 2015 demographers, teachers and politicians will stop talking about the population pyramid and start referring to the population dome. The change in terminology will reflect a profound shift in the shape and structure of societies-a shift that...

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November 19, 2014

Family Planning 2020: the meaning of progress

November 19, 2014 — Family Planning 2020: the meaning of progress See original/source content: http://www.trust.org/item/20141103084834-2gyc3/ Imagine yourself in the following situation: you’ve just walked 12 kilometers through the dusty heat, carrying your baby on your back, to reach the nearest health clinic. You’ve walked there because you don’t have...

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November 18, 2014

The World Has More Young People Than Ever; What Does Their Future Hold?

November 18, 2014 — The World Has More Young People Than Ever; What Does Their Future Hold? Not A Lot See original/source content: http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghabahree/2014/11/18/the-world-has-more-young-people-than-ever-what-does-their-future-hold-not-a-lot/ Of the 7.3 billion people on the planet today, 1.8 billion, including 600 million girls, are between the ages of 10 and 24, a never before demographic,...

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November 17, 2014

More Teens Want IUDs

November 17, 2014 — More Teens Want IUDs See original/source content: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/more-teens-want-iuds/article_326d3341-71b9-5e3b-8542-86d15dc8d744.html TRAVERSE CITY – Abigail Nielsen wants to be a doctor. That means four years in an undergraduate program. Another four years of medical school. Tack on another three years of residency work and perhaps an additional couple...

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November 16, 2014

Educating through Entertaining: Confronting Taboos and Understanding Fertility

November 16, 2014 — Educating through Entertaining: Confronting Taboos and Understanding Fertility See original/source content: http://irh.org/blog/entertaining-approach-understanding-fertility/ This month a new serial radio drama, IMPANO N’IMPAMBA (“A Gift for Today That Will Last for a Long Time”), is being broadcast across Rwanda. Through the tangled love lives of its characters,...

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November 15, 2014

Politicians, Teens and Birth Control

November 15, 2014 — Politicians, Teens and Birth Control See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/opinion/nicholas-kristof-politicians-teens-and-birth-control.html Here’s a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers.   But it’s not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don’t take precautions. This is also a tale of national...

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November 14, 2014

India: Target-Driven Sterilization Harming Women

November 14, 2014 — India: Target-Driven Sterilization Harming Women  See original/source content: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/12/india-target-driven-sterilization-harming-women (New Delhi) – India should eliminate coercive female sterilization practices as it implements plans for the expanded contraceptive services it announced at an international conference in London, Human Rights Watch and two reproductive health rights networks,...

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November 13, 2014

The Endangered Wildlife Trust breaks the population taboo

November 13, 2014 — The Endangered Wildlife Trust breaks the population taboo See original/source content: http://africageographic.com/blog/the-endangered-wildlife-trust-breaks-the-population-taboo/ Every conservationist I’ve met, during two years’ research on human population impacts, has agreed population growth to be one of the most significant threats to biodiversity. Finding a major regional or international conservation...

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November 12, 2014

Dubious Op-Ed in NY Times on Population and Economic Growth

November 12, 2014 — A Strategy for Rich Countries: Absorb More Immigrants  See original/source content: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/upshot/a-strategy-for-rich-countries-absorb-more-immigrants.html Economic debate since the financial crisis and Great Recession has often focused on issues like monetary policy, fiscal stimulus, unemployment and financial regulation. Yes, these are all important, but in the future we...

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November 11, 2014

UNFPA, In Questionable Move, Commends Iran Population Policy

November 11, 2014 — UNFPA Commends Iran Population Policy  See original/source content: http://www.irna.ir/en/News/2772023/ Uz made the statement in an exclusive interview with Thursday’sedition of ‘Iran Daily’ and also welcomed the decree of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on population. Uz appreciated Iran’s general population policy...

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November 10, 2014

Population Growth is Clearly A Problem

November 10, 2014 — Population growth is clearly our planet’s number-one problem You don’t need to be a ‘greenius’ to know that our numbers are growing too fast for planet Earth – so why don’t we do anything about it, asks Alex Proud See original/source content: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11216988/Population-growth-is-clearly-our-planets-number-one-problem.html There are...

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November 9, 2014

Endorse the Call for “Natural Resource Accounting” in Post-2015 Development

November 9, 2014 — A Joint Statement See here to endorse: http://swinitiative.com/endorse/ Calling for a SDG target that would incorporate “natural resource accounting” into country-level plans for achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Sustained and inclusive economic development requires water, energy, metals, and mineral resources. Natural resources and...

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November 8, 2014

While Human Populations Grow, Wildlife Declines

November 8, 2014 — GEORGE PLUMB: WHILE HUMAN POPULATION GROWS, WILDLIFE DECLINES  See original/source content: http://vtdigger.org/2014/11/05/george-plumb-many-humans-enough-wildlife/ On Oct. 1st, it was announced that the World Wildlife Fund had published the Living Planet Index. It revealed that the population of vertebrate species – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish –...

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November 7, 2014

Conservative “Chicks” Say: Want Fewer Abortions? Tolerate Birth Control

November 7, 2014 — Dear Fellow Conservatives: Want Fewer Abortions? Tolerate Birth Control  See original/source content: http://time.com/3546032/dear-fellow-conservatives-want-fewer-abortions-tolerate-birth-control/ Remember back in the Clinton years when the goal was to make abortions “safe, legal, and rare”? Over time, pro-choice progressives have shifted the messaging to make abortions as easy, accessible, and...

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November 6, 2014

The Latest Climate Change Statement: Webcast Your Vasectomy

November 6, 2014 — The Latest Climate Change Statement: Webcast Your Vasectomy See original/source content: http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/the-latest-climate-change-statement-webcast-your-vasectomy-20141106 November 6, 2014 — Next Tuesday may be Veteran’s Day, but Dr. Doug Stein in Florida is setting aside Friday for a worldwide celebration of a different sort of sacrifice. “Let’s honor the men...

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November 5, 2014

Gate’s Driven “Family Planning 2020” Issues 1st Progress Report

November 5, 2014 — Partnership in Progress  Executive Summary See original/source content: http://progress.familyplanning2020.org/executive-summary All women and girls have the right, and must have the means, to decide freely and for themselves whether and when to have children. Access to voluntary family planning leads to transformational benefits across the development spectrum,...

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November 4, 2014

PNAS Study Critics Speaking Up: Stubborn Elephants are Still Elephants

November 4, 2014 — Bradshaw and Brook 2014 commentary by: By Jane N. O’Sullivan School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland The paper “Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems” by University of Adelaide environmental scientists Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook,...

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November 3, 2014

How to Save the Planet? Stop Having Children

November 3, 2014 — How to Save the Planet? Stop Having Children Doctors should be encouraging people to have smaller families for the sake of the environment, says GP See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/28/how-save-planet-stop-having-children-doctors “I was sterilised after the birth of my second son because I believed I had no...

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November 2, 2014

Do Not Underestimate Family Planning

November 2, 2014 — Do Not Underestimate Family Planning  See original/source content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/do-not-underestimate-fami_b_6082376.html A recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has ignited a small firestorm of criticism. As reflected by its title, “Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems,” the authors argue that...

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November 1, 2014

Condoms Fight Climate Change, But No One Wants to Talk About It

November 1, 2014 — Condoms Fight Climate Change, But No One Wants to Talk About It See original/source content: http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/condoms-fight-climate-change-but-nobody-wants-to-talk-about-it-20141031 October 31, 2014 — The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world’s population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment....

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October 31, 2014

Never offered dole to have more kids: UP Sena chief

October 31, 2014 — Never offered dole to have more kids: UP Sena chief See original/source content: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/Never-offered-dole-to-have-more-kids-UP-Sena-chief/articleshow/44941613.cms AGRA: The Shiv Sena unit of Uttar Pradesh has reacted sharply to media reports that claimed the party was identifying Hindu families having 10 or more children and would offer them...

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October 30, 2014

Population growth far outpaces food supply’ in conflict-ravaged Sahel

October 30, 2014 — Population growth far outpaces food supply’ in conflict-ravaged Sahel Researchers say conflict and climate change mean the region’s resources will be unable to sustain the increasing population See original/source content: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/oct/22/population-growth-outpaces-food-sahel-study The Sahel’s ability to produce food is not keeping pace with its growing population,...

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October 28, 2014

How Skyrocketing Development in Texas Could Suck the State Dry

October 28, 2014 — How Skyrocketing Development in Texas Could Suck the State Dry The Lone Star State is losing open space faster than any other, and that’s bad news for the water cycle. See original/source content: See: http://www.citylab.com/weather/2014/10/how-texas-skyrocketing-development-could-suck-the-state-dry/381641/ If you could speed-watch the past 15 years in Texas-set...

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October 27, 2014

Kenya: AMREF Tells Church to Stop Claiming Tetanus Vaccine Is a Family Planning Method

October 27, 2014 — Kenya: AMREF Tells Church to Stop Claiming Tetanus Vaccine Is a Family Planning Method  See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201410240147.html The church should stop spreading rumours indicating that the tetanus vaccine is a family planning method initiated by the government,Amref Kenya director of reproductive and child health Joachim Osur...

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October 26, 2014

Listen Closely As This California Forest Falls Eerily Quiet Over 10 Years

October 26, 2014 — Listen Closely As This California Forest Falls Eerily Quiet Over 10 Years  See: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/16/listen-as-a-california-forest-grows-quiet-over-time/ Does the sound of the forest change over time?   Bernie Krause knows.   The expert bio-acoustician has spent decades recording natural sounds all over the world, including one particular section of forest between Napa and Sonoma...

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October 25, 2014

PARODY: Study Finds Mass Extinction Could Free Up Billions Of Dollars In Conservation Funding By 2024

October 25, 2014 — Study Finds Mass Extinction Could Free Up Billions Of Dollars In Conservation Funding By 2024  See: http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-finds-mass-extinction-could-free-up-billions,37043/   WASHINGTON-Saying the extra income would be a major boon both for individual citizens and the country at large, a study releasedMonday by the Congressional Budget Office confirmed...

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October 24, 2014

Lutz, Contradicting U.N., says World population likely to peak by 2070

October 24, 2014 — World population likely to peak by 2070 See: http://ht.ly/DdQqU New population projections from IIASA researchers provide a fundamentally improved view of future population, structured by age, sex, and level of education, which differ from recent projections by the United Nations. World population will likely peak at...

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October 23, 2014

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate

October 23, 2014 — Excerpted from This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein.  Copyright © 2014 by Naomi Klein.  See: HERE The numbers are striking: in the 1990s, as the market integration project ramped up, global emissions were going up an average of 1 percent...

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October 22, 2014

Women driven by status, wealth rather than wanting babies, study suggests

October 22, 2014 — Women driven by status, wealth rather than wanting babies, study suggests  See: Science Daily A new study suggests that women are more driven to seek wealth and status than they are to reproduce. The research by Oxford University and Sheffield University says although low...

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October 21, 2014

Albemarle’s Comprehensive Plan: Not everything we need

October 21, 2014 — Albemarle’s Comprehensive Plan: Not everything we need  See original/source content: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/opinion-column-albemarle-s-comprehensive-plan-not-everything-we-need/article_77d9b740-56fc-11e4-8c74-001a4bcf6878.html Albemarle County is in the home stretch of a complete update of its Comprehensive Plan. This plan identifies key land use and other issues the county expects to face in the next 20 years....

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October 20, 2014

Niger’s malnourished children

October 20, 2014 — Niger’s malnourished children In Niger, children with dusty blond hair are ubiquitous: It’s a sure sign of widespread malnourishment. Resources are scarce, while fertility rates are soaring. Yet family planning is an uphill struggle. See original/source content: http://www.dw.de/nigers-malnourished-children/a-17997260 Sometimes, when she has no more food...

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October 19, 2014

Opinion: The World Food Prize’s disservice to Borlaug

October 19, 2014 — The World Food Prize’s disservice to Borlaug  By Mr. Jonathan Wilson See source/original content: Source Des Moines Register I don’t like to rain on a parade, but I feel compelled to join with those expressing some reservation over the near-deification of Norman Borlaug. In the...

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October 18, 2014

U.S. Family Planning Improves Women’s Health

October 18, 2014 — U.S. FAMILY PLANNING EFFORT IMPROVES WOMEN’S HEALTH  New Analysis Quantifies the Wide-Ranging Benefits of the Contraceptive, STI and Cervical Cancer Prevention Services Provided as Part of Publicly Funded Family Planning Visits See source/original: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/10/14/index.html   U.S. women have long relied on publicly funded family planning...

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October 17, 2014

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

October 17, 2014 — Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis See source/original content: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/ebola-another-avoidable-c_b_5953208.html In the wake of the recent Ebola outbreak, public health officials in this country are quick to assure the American public that there is no cause for panic. Ebola, we are told, can be contained in this...

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October 16, 2014

Family Planning Has Yet to Take Hold in West Africa-But Change Is Coming

October 16, 2014 — Family Planning Has Yet to Take Hold in West Africa-But Change Is Coming  See source content: https://www.k4health.org/blog/post/family-planning-has-yet-take-hold-west-africa-change-coming West African countries have the highest fertility rates in the world, with an average of 5.5 births per woman; they also have the lowest levels of contraceptive use....

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October 15, 2014

In Texas, Planned Parenthood will expand services with new center

October 15, 2014 — Planned Parenthood will expand services with new center By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje See source content: http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Planned-Parenthood-will-expand-services-with-new-5816986.php SAN ANTONIO – Last year, legislators approved a far-reaching change in abortion law that made it more difficult and costly for abortion clinics to provide services to women in Texas,...

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October 14, 2014

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries

October 14, 2014 — Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries  See source content: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/10/09/birth-rates/ As birth rates decline in many countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from UC...

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October 13, 2014

True Altruism: Can Humans Change To Save Other Species?

October 13, 2014 — True Altruism: Can Humans Change To Save Other Species? A grim new census of the world’s dwindling wildlife populations should force us to confront a troubling question: Are humans capable of acting in ways that help other species at a cost to themselves? by...

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October 12, 2014

Paul Krugman and the Limits of Hubris

October 12, 2014 — Paul Krugman and the Limits of Hubris  See source content: http://www.postcarbon.org/paul-krugman-and-the-limits-of-hubris/ Economist Paul Krugman evidently feels irked and irritated by the notion that there might be limits to economic expansion: he has followed up his New York Times op-ed of September 18 (“Errors and Emissions” to which I replied...

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October 11, 2014

Child marriage, an unspoken kind of violence – International Day of the Girl 2014

October 11, 2014 — Child marriage, an unspoken kind of violence – International Day of the Girl 2014  See source content: http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/child-marriage-unspoken-kind-violence-international-day-girl-2014/ When Kalinde married at the age of 15, she was told to respect her husband and “never deny him sex.” She found herself trapped in a marriage...

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October 10, 2014

TEACH-IN: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

October 10, 2014 — TEACH-IN: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth See source content: http://ifg.org/techno-utopianism-teach-in/ This event comes at a crucial historical moment.   Ecological systems are near collapse–global climate, soils and fertility; fresh water supply; deep ocean life, forests, biodiversity; diminishing global food production; and unprecedented rates...

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October 9, 2014

Outrageous: In Small Town Kansas, 3 Old Men Control Reproductive Health

October 9, 2014 — Saline Co. leaders weighing approved birth control pills  See source content: http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/saline-county-commissioners-must-approve-birth-control-pills/28996800 County leaders will now control which birth control pills women have access to in Saline County after the health director resigned. It’s the latest in a series of controversial comments and decisions by...

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October 8, 2014

Human overpopulation: When no news is bad news

October 8, 2014 — Human overpopulation: When no news is bad news  See source content: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2014/10/06/human-overpopulation-when-no-news-is-bad-news/ Last week, a high-profile study using the latest United Nations data revisited predictions of global population size. The news wasn’t good: Updated estimates using new statistical analyses suggest the world’s population will hit nearly 11...

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October 7, 2014

Aid agencies at breaking point: UN refugee Chief

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

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October 6, 2014

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

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

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October 5, 2014

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

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

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October 4, 2014

Teenage Girls Given Choice of Free Contraceptives Get Far Fewer Abortions

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

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October 3, 2014

A Mother in Jail for Helping Her Daughter Have an Abortion

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

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October 2, 2014

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

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

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October 1, 2014

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

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

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October 1, 2014

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

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

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September 30, 2014

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

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

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September 29, 2014

Teenage girls in southern Malawi reject ‘sexual cleansing’

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

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September 28, 2014

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

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

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September 27, 2014

Time to invest In international family planning

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

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September 27, 2014

An outlier on women’s health care

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

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September 26, 2014

Contraception: Saving Lives… and the Planet

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

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September 25, 2014

Beyond Marriage

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

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September 23, 2014

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

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

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September 21, 2014

New Study Finds that 40% of Pregnancies Worldwide are Unintended

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

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September 20, 2014

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

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

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September 19, 2014

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

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

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September 18, 2014

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

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

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September 17, 2014

Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other

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

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September 16, 2014

Video: The Eighth Billion

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

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September 15, 2014

Population, not politics, threatens Pakistan

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

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September 14, 2014

Hobby Lobby Creates Open Season For Birth Control Lawsuits

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

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September 13, 2014

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

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

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September 12, 2014

Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

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

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September 11, 2014

Stoddard: Bill Ryerson, Global Vermonter

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

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September 10, 2014

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

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

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September 9, 2014

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

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

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September 8, 2014

Three Limits to Growth

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

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September 7, 2014

Population stabilization is not enough to save Earth

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

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September 6, 2014

Around The “Limited” World — In 5 Short Stories

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

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September 4, 2014

Why the Earth is Farting

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

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September 3, 2014

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

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

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September 2, 2014

Africa’s child demographics and the world’s future

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

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September 1, 2014

10m Ugandans will be hunting for jobs by 2020

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

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August 31, 2014

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

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

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August 30, 2014

The Effect of Overpopulation on Public Health

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

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August 29, 2014

Economic Abundance With Shrinking Population: Why Not?

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

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August 28, 2014

Exposing the great ‘poverty reduction’ lie

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

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August 27, 2014

Japan: ‘Groundwork needed to stem population decline’

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

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August 26, 2014

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

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

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August 25, 2014

Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals

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

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August 24, 2014

Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines

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

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August 23, 2014

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

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

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August 22, 2014

Long-Term Answer to Border Crises: Empower Women

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

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August 21, 2014

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

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

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August 20, 2014

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

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

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August 19, 2014

Call for Applications, Deadline 8/22/2014

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

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August 18, 2014

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

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

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August 17, 2014

Battle of perspectives over Africa’s 2050 population boom

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

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August 16, 2014

When Fewer is Better

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

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August 15, 2014

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

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

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August 14, 2014

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

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

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August 13, 2014

Not Yet?

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

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August 12, 2014

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

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

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August 11, 2014

Planetary health: a call for papers

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

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August 10, 2014

Announcing World Vasectomy Day, 2014

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

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August 9, 2014

Uganda Teen Pregnancies’ Plan Under Fire

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

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August 8, 2014

My Turn: Raising awareness about population issues

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

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August 7, 2014

US, African leaders must tackle child marriage

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

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August 6, 2014

Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population

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

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August 5, 2014

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

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

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August 4, 2014

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

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

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August 3, 2014

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

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

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August 2, 2014

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

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

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August 1, 2014

Family planning: Ugandan president’s change of heart

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

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July 31, 2014

How the right contraceptive can change a woman’s life

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

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July 25, 2014

Two Realities

July 25, 2014 — See: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-07-22/two-realities Our contemporary world is host to two coexisting but fundamentally different-and, in at least one crucial respect, contradictory-realities. One of these might be termed Political Reality, though it extends far beyond formal politics and pervades conventional economic thinking. It is the bounded universe...

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July 24, 2014

Two out of three countries ‘ecologically overshot’

July 24, 2014 — See: http://populationmatters.org/2014/population-matters-news/countries-ecologically-overshot/ Two out of three countries are already consuming more individually than each can produce sustainably from its own resources, i.e. relying only on renewables, as we eventually must. This position can only worsen as population and consumption rise. For World Population Day 2014 on 11...

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July 23, 2014

One-child proclivity

July 23, 2014 — Predictions of a baby boomlet come to little See: http://www.economist.com/news/china/21607877-predictions–baby–boomlet–come–little-one-child-proclivity WHEN China eased its one-child policy late last year, investors bet on a surge in demand for everything from pianos to nappies. They, and government officials, foresaw a mini-boom after long-constrained parents were allowed a...

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July 22, 2014

Chepangs still wary of family planning

July 22, 2014 — See: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=79408 GORKHA, July 20: Bir Bahadur Chepang of Makaising village has four daughters and five sons. His eldest son is 24 years old. Forty-eight-year old Bir Bahadur´s youngest child is a toddler. His wife is going to deliver another soon. “Yes, I have too many...

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July 21, 2014

Launching the Youth Champions Initiative

July 21, 2014 — Launching the Youth Champions Initiative with the Packard Foundation  See: http://www.youthchampionsinitiative.org/ Dear Colleagues, We are thrilled to share that The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute (PHI) have partnered to launch the Youth Champions Initiative – a new initiative to advance innovation and quality in...

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July 21, 2014

A Practical Guide to Population and Development

July 21, 2014 — A Practical Guide to Population and Development See: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Reports/2014/population-development-guide.aspx (July 2014) Throughout human history, the world’s population had grown slowly and by the beginning of the 20th century was only 1.6 billion people. Today, after only 110 years, the world’s population has surpassed 7.1 billion...

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