Category Archives: Recommended Reading


June 16, 2014

The sustainable development agenda and unmet need for sexual and reproductive health and rights

June 16, 2014 — The sustainable development agenda and unmet need for sexual and reproductive health and rights Excerpts of editorial by Marge Berer See: http://www.rhm-elsevier.com/article/S0968-8080(14)43775-3/fulltext …I want to circle back and talk about “family planning” here, to add some perspectives in addition to what the papers in this...

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June 16, 2014

Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Global Scale

June 16, 2014 — BACKGROUND, By Ed Barry The Over-arching problem: Humanity is collectively over-exploiting the planet’s natural resources! There is a growing international realization that humanity’s current demand for resources has exceeded planetary boundaries. Global patterns of consumption and production are becoming even more unsustainable as we...

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June 9, 2014

Scientists vindicate ‘Limits to Growth’ – urge investment in ‘circular economy’

June 9, 2014 — Scientists vindicate ‘Limits to Growth’ – urge investment in ‘circular economy’ Early warning of civilisational collapse by early to mid 21st century startlingly prescient – but opportunity for transition open See: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/04/scientists-limits-to-growth-vindicated-investment-transition-circular-economy According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report, industrial civilisation is likely to deplete its...

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June 3, 2014

New Kenyan Population Policy a Model for Other Countries

June 3, 2014 — New Kenyan Population Policy a Model for Other Countries See: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2014/kenyan-population-policy.aspx (March 2014) In 2012, the government of Kenya passed a landmark policy to manage its rapid population growth. The new population policy aims to reduce the number of children a woman has over her...

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April 21, 2014

Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom

April 21, 2014 — Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom See: http://blog.populationinstitute.org/2014/04/17/re-examining-the-global-barriers-to-reproductive-freedom/ Every woman in the world should be able to space or limit her births. At a minimum, that means every woman should have access to the contraceptive method of her choice, whether it’s a female...

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February 27, 2014

Jonathon Porritt — Population: Still the Big Taboo

February 27, 2014 — Population: Still the Big Taboo See: http://www.jonathonporritt.com/blog/population-still-big-taboo I’ve been pre-occupied with the overlap between population and the environment ever since I read the Ecologist’s ‘Blueprint for Survival’ in the early 1970s. I’ve campaigned assiduously for progressive family planning programmes since that time on, just as...

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February 14, 2014

Family planning versus contraception: what’s in a name?

February 14, 2014 — Family planning versus contraception: what’s in a name? By Marleen Temmerman, Dr María Isabel Rodríguez and Dr Lale Say See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(13)70177-3/fulltext The 20-year anniversary of the 1994 International Conference of Population Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the upcoming 15-year anniversary of the Millennium...

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February 11, 2014

Ptolemaic Environmentalism

February 11, 2014 — Ptolemaic Environmentalism The ancient Greek word oecumene came into broad circulation in the Hellenistic era to refer to the inhabited world. It was a world that stretched from the Mediterranean basin to India, and from the Caucasus mountains to the Arabian Peninsula, encompassing diverse...

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January 14, 2014

Population Institute: Report card on reproductive health and rights in the U.S.

January 14, 2014 — U.S. overall receives “C-” second year in a row Only 17 states receive “B-“or higher; 13 states receive failing grade See: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/population-institute-releases-2013-report-card-on-reproductive-health-and-rights-239154781.html WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Population Institute today released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in...

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November 1, 2013

1 Revisiting demographic transition: correlation and causation in the rate of development and fertility decline.

November 1, 2013 — Revisiting demographic transition: correlation and causation in the rate of development and fertility decline. Please see the following paper by Dr. Jane O’Sullivan, recently presented at the 27th IUSSP International Population Conference, in Busan, South Korea. Titled “Revisiting demographic transition: correlation and causation in the rate of development...

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October 21, 2013

Ocean damage ‘is worse than thought’

October 21, 2013 — Ocean damage ‘is worse than thought’ By Alex Kirby See: http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2013/10/ocean-damage-is-worse-than-thought/ A new report says the world’s oceans are changing faster than previously thought, which could have dire consequences for both human and marine life.LONDON, 3 October – Marine scientists say the state of the...

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September 23, 2013

Overpopulation: Why ingenuity alone won’t save us

September 23, 2013 — Overpopulation: Why ingenuity alone won’t save us We are running out of tricks to squeeze more from a planet already bursting its seams See: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-weisman-population-hunger-climate-20130922,0,90687.story It’s easy to grasp that in a national park, balance must be maintained between predators and prey, lest the ecosystem...

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September 16, 2013

2013 World Population Data Sheet Now Available

September 16, 2013 — Note: The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has come out with its annual flagship publication, the 2013 edition of the World Population Data Sheet.

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September 7, 2013

Too many bodies? The return and disavowal of the population question

September 7, 2013 — Too many bodies? The return and disavowal of the population question See: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2012.730268#tabModule Abstract During the 1960s and early 1970s population growth was regarded as an urgent environmental issue. Since then the topic has fallen into abeyance. Despite continuing demographic expansion and anxieties about a...

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September 7, 2013

Population growth increases climate fear

September 7, 2013 — Population growth increases climate fear Carolyn Lochhead Updated 11:26 pm, Monday, September 2, 2013 See: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Population-growth-increases-climate-fear-4781833.php Washington — California has 157 endangered or threatened species, looming water shortages, eight of the 10 most air-polluted cities in the country and 725 metric tons of trash washing...

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August 7, 2013

Time magazine catches on to the childfree movement, misses the green angle

August 7, 2013 — Time magazine catches on to the childfree movement, misses the green angle See: http://grist.org/living/time-magazine-catches-on-to-the-childfree-movement-misses-the-green-angle/ The childfree trend is experiencing its biggest mainstream-media moment ever thanks to Time’s new cover story: “The Childfree Life: When having it all means not having children.” (And the magazine...

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August 5, 2013

When I Ran Out of Birth Control in Iran

August 5, 2013 — When I Ran Out of Birth Control in Iran See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/narges-bajoghli/when-i-ran-out-of-birth-control_b_3671688.html I recently had to extend my trip to Iran and ran out of birth control. No biggie, I thought, contraceptive pills are easily found in pharmacies throughout the country and you don’t even need...

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July 24, 2013

The Scientific Argument for Climate Change

July 24, 2013 — Mark Cochrane: The Scientific Argument for Climate Change See: http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/82412/mark-cochrane-scientific-argument-climate-change# Chris Martenson: Welcome to this Peak Prosperity podcast. I am your host, Chris Martenson, and as promised from an earlier interview, today we are going to discuss climate change with a well-known and widely published...

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July 22, 2013

Soap Operas Can Save the World

July 22, 2013 — Soap Operas Can Save the World Melodramas promoting literacy and family planning? Tune in next week. See: http://www.psmag.com/culture/soap-operas-can-save-the-world-58992/ Meet Jessie, a shy Latina teen in East Los Angeles who just wants to survive chemistry class, help out her single mom, and escape high school still...

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July 19, 2013

Why world population growth matters to Singapore

July 19, 2013 — Why world population growth matters to S’pore See: http://www.todayonline.com/voices/why-world-population-growth-matters-spore World Population Day, July 11, passes largely unnoticed in this global city. However, we cannot ignore how a world population now reaching 7.2 billion affects all life on Earth. Increasing demands for finite resources are aggravated...

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July 17, 2013

World Population Day: Women take sterilisation burden

July 17, 2013 — World Population Day: Women take sterilisation burden See: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/world-population-day-women-take-sterilisation-burden/1140901/ As the World Population Day this year focused on awareness on adolescent pregnancy, a Pune Municipal Corporation family welfare bureau survey found at least 4,237 girls 15 to 19 years of age who are married (the...

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July 15, 2013

Preposterous population forecasts for Africa

July 15, 2013 — Preposterous population forecasts for Africa by Gwynne Dyer See: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/int-gwynne_dyer/ LONDON – The news on the population front sounds bad: birthrates are not dropping as fast as expected, and we are likely to end up with an even bigger world population by the end of...

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July 10, 2013

Should We Stop Worrying and Love the Population Bomb?

July 10, 2013 — Please click the picture below to watch the video titled “Should We Stop Worrying and Love the Population Bomb?”

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July 8, 2013

Population Growth: Malthus Rolls Over

July 8, 2013 — Population Growth: Malthus Rolls Over See: http://theenergycollective.com/sierenernst/246136/malthus-rolls-over Last week, Oxford Computer Science Professor Steven Emmott published an excerpt of his book, Ten Billion, in The Guardian. The tone of his excerpt breaks all of the rules about communication on environmental issues. It uniformly grim and...

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July 8, 2013

Population 10 Billion by Danny Dorling and Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott – review

July 8, 2013 — Population 10 Billion by Danny Dorling and Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott – review Are we done for? John Gray on one flawed and one indispensable study of population growth See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jul/05/ten-billion-stephen-emmott-review Overpopulation has become almost a forbidden concept. Thirty years ago, when there were...

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July 5, 2013

Center for Biological Diversity: Population Advocacy/Organizing Jobs Open

July 5, 2013 — JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS See: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/jobs/#popd The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 500,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have more than 60 staff in offices...

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July 1, 2013

The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Dreaded Birth Dearth

July 1, 2013 — The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Dreaded Birth Dearth  See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/the-rise-and-fall-again_b_3518063.html Bob Walker Earlier this year there was a sudden rash of concerned pronouncements about a coming population decline. Fears of the much-dreaded ‘birth dearth’ were being revived: soon, very soon, world population would...

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June 26, 2013

East Los High | Finally, a Latino-Themed Show We Can Be Proud Of

June 26, 2013 — Below are excerpts of a full-length interview with Katie Elmore Mota, executive producer East Los High and former Vice President of Communications and Programs for Population Media Center. The interview was conducted by Jeff Rivera, author and inspirational media personality who has appeared on...

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June 26, 2013

Our Overcrowded Planet: A Failure of Family Planning

June 26, 2013 — See: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/our_overcrowded_planet_a_failure_of_family_planning/2666/ Our Overcrowded Planet: A Failure of Family Planning New UN projections forecast that world population will hit nearly 11 billion people by 2100, an unsettling prospect that reflects a collective failure to provide women around the world with safe, effective ways to avoid pregnancies...

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May 29, 2013

Scientific Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century: Information for Policy Makers

May 29, 2013 — On Thursday, May 23rd, California Governor Jerry Brown appeared at NASA’s Ames Research Center to showcase a “call to action” signed by more than 500 scientists from 44 nations. Called the “Scientific Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century: Information for...

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May 15, 2013

The Ecology of Population Growth

May 15, 2013 — The Ecology of Population Growth See: http://www.earth-policy.org/books/fpep/fpepch2 Throughout most of human existence, population growth has been so slow as to be imperceptible within a single generation. Reaching a global population of 1 billion in 1804 required the entire time since modern humans appeared on the...

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May 10, 2013

Time-lapse video of the entire planet’s surface at 30m resolution, going back to 1984

May 10, 2013 — Google has just release a most remarkable visual history. Using 30 years worth of Landsat satellite imagery, they have basically created a time-lapse video of the entire planet’s surface at 30m resolution, going back to 1984. Recall that in 1984 the global population was roughly 4.7...

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May 7, 2013

Greenpeace Co-Founder Talks Good Sense on Population

May 7, 2013 — Population and Ecology See: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/population-and-ecology/blog/44620/   World  governments, the public, and the UN now recognize that the human population number matters in achieving ecological sustainability for human communities.   For forty years, since the first United Nations environment meeting in Stockholm in 1972, environmentalists...

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May 6, 2013

Stewards of the natural world do not understand the precautionary principle

May 6, 2013 — Stewards of the natural world do not understand the precautionary principle The UK government does not possess a definition of the principle at the heart of environmental protection and law See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/may/01/protect-natural-world-understand-precautionary-principle?CMP=twt_fd Here’s something remarkable I stumbled across while researching my column on Monday,...

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May 6, 2013

Environmental Ignorance Is Economic Bliss

May 6, 2013 — Environmental Ignorance Is Economic Bliss by Philip Barnes   See: http://steadystate.org/environmental-ignorance-is-economic-bliss/ In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote that “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” This single line succinctly describes a recently conceptualized psychological phenomenon called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. David Dunning...

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April 21, 2013

Sex and Earth Day, 2013

April 21, 2013 — Sex and Earth Day   Watch Free Online Streaming of the Award-WinningEnvironmental Film, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion starting this Earth Day Weekend April 19    Denver, CO – Even though sex and global warming are rarely discussed in the same sentence, much less...

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April 21, 2013

The False Alarm Over U.S. Fertility

April 21, 2013 — The False Alarm Over U.S. Fertility  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/opinion/the-false-alarm-over-us-fertility.html?hp&_r=0  AS a bipartisan group of senators prepares to release its plan for comprehensive immigration reform, a curious argument is emerging from across the political spectrum: the United States needs immigration to make up for its declining...

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April 9, 2013

How Do We Feed India’s Population In 2050?

April 9, 2013 — How Do We Feed India’s Population In 2050? See: http://www.asianscientist.com/features/feed-indias-population-2050/ AsianScientist (Apr. 8, 2013) – India has experienced extraordinary population growth: between 2001 and 2011 India added 181 million people to the world, slightly less than the entire population of Brazil. But 76 percent...

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April 8, 2013

My View: Bob Walker on family planning funding’s global value

April 8, 2013 — My View: Bob Walker on family planning funding’s global value See: http://www.rrstar.com/updates/x1959368821/My-View-Bob-Walker-on-family-planning-fundings-global-value In the grand scale of federal spending, international family-planning assistance is miniscule, less than one-fiftieth of 1 percent. But dollar for dollar, it may be our best investment in a peaceful and...

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April 5, 2013

How Thailand Succeeded in Their Demographic Dividend

April 5, 2013 — How Thailand Succeeded in Their Demographic Dividend See: http://prbblog.org/index.php/2013/03/28/how-thailand-succeeded-in-their-demographic-dividend/ by Jay Gribble, vice president, International Programs Population Reference Bureau Thailand often is held up as a model of success for its efforts in family planning, but it’s amazing how quickly the country has transformed...

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April 3, 2013

Interview — The Coming Crash: Our Addiction to Endless Growth on a Finite Planet

April 3, 2013 — The Coming Crash: Our Addiction to Endless Growth on a Finite Planet See: http://www.alternet.org/environment/coming-crash-our-addiction-endless-growth-finite-planet-photo-slideshow?paging=off   Tara Lohan: How did this book project come about? I know it started out as a book about tar sands, but then it evolved into so much more. Richard...

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April 1, 2013

White House Looks for Sustained Population Growth

April 1, 2013 — It is worth noting that the United States government’s executive branch is openly eschewing the possibility of slower US population growth. The White House, as of March 20th, 2013, is professing concern that “U.S. population growth is projected to fall almost in half over...

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March 27, 2013

Bloomberg trumpets “bigger is better” but ignores quality of city life

March 27, 2013 — Bloomberg trumpets “bigger is better” but ignores quality of city life See: http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/bloomberg-trumpets-%E2%80%9Cbigger-better%E2%80%9D-ignores-quality-city-life?page=0,0 March 21, 2013 – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was ecstatic last week, announcing that the city’s population had swollen to an all-time high of 8,336,697 as of mid-2012 Census...

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March 26, 2013

The Lancet analyzes contraceptive prelalence and unmet need

March 26, 2013 — The Lancet recently published a comprehensive report titled “National, regional, and global rates and trends in contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning between 1990 and 2015: a systematic and comprehensive analysis” We recommend reading the full report by clicking through to: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2962204-1/fulltext?_eventId=logout...

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March 25, 2013

Fukushima disaster: Long road to nuclear clean-up

March 25, 2013 — Fukushima disaster: Long road to nuclear clean-up See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21737910   It would be reassuring to think that the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl is contained, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is in stable shut-down. Unfortunately a look inside the Fukushima plant...

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March 20, 2013

The UN Commission on the Status of Women unmasks equality’s enemies

March 20, 2013 — The UN Commission on the Status of Women unmasks equality’s enemies There might not be many things the Vatican and the Muslim Brotherhood agree on, but one is keeping women ‘in their place’ See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/18/un-commission-status-women-enemies-equality Who doesn’t want to end violence against women? More...

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March 11, 2013

Denial of Catastrophic Risks

March 11, 2013 — Denial of Catastrophic Risks Martin Rees  See: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6124/1123.full In a media landscape saturated with sensational Science stories and “End of the World” Hollywood productions, it may be hard to persuade the wide public that real catastrophes could arise as unexpectedly as the 2008 financial...

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March 4, 2013

Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy

March 4, 2013 — Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy The United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within See: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=antiscience-beliefs-jeopardize-us-democracy&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_SP_20121022 It is hard to know exactly when it became acceptable for U.S. politicians to be...

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February 28, 2013

New Poll Finds Americans Are Worried About Runaway Population Growth

February 28, 2013 — New Poll Finds Americans Are Worried About Runaway Population Growth See: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/28/new-poll-finds-americans-are-worried-about-runaway-population-growth.html The planet’s population could hit 10 billion by 2050, and a national poll by the Center for Biological Diversity finds a majority of Americans believe the growth could make some species extinct,...

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February 25, 2013

September 22, 2014: Special U.N. Session to Follow Up ICPD Programme of Action

February 25, 2013 — General Assembly Sets 22 September 2014 for Special Session to Follow Up ICPD Programme of Action See: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/ga11342.doc.htm   The General Assembly today decided that a special session on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development...

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February 19, 2013

UNEP — Year Book: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment, 2013

February 19, 2013 — UNEP recently released its Year Book: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment, 2013. Bill Ryerson notes that, “”It contains startling statistics on the state of the planet with regard to such issues as climate change, chemical pollution, natural resource use, and poaching of elephants...

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February 13, 2013

Population growth: Losing the debate with an unsubstantiated case

February 13, 2013 — Population growth: Losing the debate with an unsubstantiated case See: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2013/02/population-growth-losing-debate-unsubstantiated-case/ By Gordon Lee Recent days have seen much scaremongering by politicians, businesses and the mainstream media about perils of calling bluff on the Government’s Population White Paper. But with the best of efforts...

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February 6, 2013

‘Baby bust’ fears a bunch of baloney

February 6, 2013 — ‘Baby Bust’ fears a bunch of baloney By Froma Harrop See: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130205/OPINION04/702059962 America’s alleged “baby bust” is pushing the country over “a demographic cliff.” So argues Jonathan V. Last in The Wall Street Journal. Stacking one highly debatable claim on the next, Last builds...

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February 4, 2013

Post-2015 International Development — Online Population Debate

February 4, 2013 — Various thought leaders are continuing to debate what the post-2015 international development agenda should look like; below is online discussion of particular interest, which consists of a point/counter-point exchange on the issue of rapid population growth and sustainable development. The interlocutors are Dr. John...

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January 31, 2013

Water Controlled Wealth of Nations

January 31, 2013 — PNAS (The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science of The United States of America) has just published an interesting study, undertaken by Samir Suweisa, Andrea Rinaldob, Amos Maritana, and Paolo D’Odoricod. Titled “Water Controlled Wealth of Nations“, the study takes a look at...

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January 25, 2013

Attacks prompt Nepal to cap wildlife growth — including endangered species

January 25, 2013 — Attacks prompt Nepal to cap wildlife growth “”The numbers of rhinos and tigers are increasing in the national park and they are moving out in search of food and space. Meanwhile, the increasing human population needs more of the natural resources available, and that...

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January 22, 2013

40 Years On — An Interview with the Lawyer Who Won Roe vs. Wade

January 22, 2013 — Today, as you are likely aware, is the 40th anniversary of  Roe vs. Wade. Below is an interview of Sarah Weddington, the then 26 year old lawyer who successfully argued the case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The interview was conducted by...

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January 22, 2013

WERNER FORNOS (1933-2013)

January 22, 2013 — Werner Fornos, after a long battle with declining health, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, at 4:30 am EST.  For those of you who do not know, Mr. Fornos was the rock that anchored Population Institute for many years. He will be missed by...

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January 14, 2013

Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?

January 14, 2013 — Paul Ehrlich and his wife, Anne, have recently published a new paper. Below is a story reporting on the Ehrlich’s paper, printed on the Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) website.  The link to the online PDF of the actual research, housed on the...

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January 10, 2013

Austerity – Our “New Normal”

January 10, 2013 — The following research is the work of Chris Clugston; it is an analysis of nonrenewable natural resources and the growing scarcity of those materials. You can read the full report here: http://www.wakeupamerika.com/PDFs/Austerity-Our-New-Normal.pdf Austerity – Our “New Normal” Our “old normal” – prosperity – was...

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December 31, 2012

Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

December 31, 2012 — Bill Ryerson Interview: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth See: http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/80326/bill-ryerson Transcript: Chris Martenson: Welcome to another Peak Prosperity podcast. I am your host, of course, Chris Martenson. And today we welcome Bill Ryerson to the program. Now, I know Bill and have met...

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December 17, 2012

Purely Provocative: Guy R. McPherson

December 17, 2012 — Below is a video of the provocative Guy R. McPherson, professor emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona. The main lecture is 30 minutes, with question and answer following.

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December 17, 2012

This video of a city-sized iceberg breaking off from a glacier will blow your mind

December 17, 2012 — This video of a city-sized iceberg breaking off from a glacier will blow your mind See: http://grist.org/list/this-video-of-a-city-sized-iceberg-breaking-off-from-a-glacier-will-blow-your-mind/ By Jess Zimmerman It’s all very well for us to write about glaciers calving, or even show it from above. But to really understand what happens when...

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December 17, 2012

Counting the Costs and Benefits of Growth

December 17, 2012 — Below you will find research conducted by Mr. Craig Evans, titled “Counting the Costs and Benefits of Growth: A Fiscal Impact Analysis of Growth in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia“. You can read more here. Counting the Costs and Benefits of...

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December 13, 2012

Catholics Herald Passage of Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines

December 13, 2012 — Catholics Herald Passage of Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines See: http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/news/pr/2012/CatholicsHeraldPassageofRHbill.asp   The Philippines House of Representatives has voted to pass the Reproductive Health Bill (commonly known as the RH Bill), which will give millions of women access to contraception that was, in...

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December 6, 2012

Soap Operas and Fertility: Evidence from Brazil

December 6, 2012 — The following video, which features Suzanne Duryea of the Inter-American Development Bank speaking about the effects of Brazilian telenovelas on that countries fertility rate.

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December 3, 2012

To Whom It May Concern: The Top of The World is Melting

December 3, 2012 — The Top of The World is Melting The Arctic permafrost is melting, releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The world now has to rethink how it tackles climate change.  See: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-top-of-the-world-is-melting-20121127-2a5ne.html   CHARLES Miller rides plumes of greenhouse gases ”like a roller-coaster” at the top...

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November 30, 2012

Reports That the U.S. Birth Rate in 2011 Was the Lowest in History Are, Well, Wrong

November 30, 2012 — You may benefit from clarification on the differences between crude birth rate, general fertility rate and total fertility rate. Carl Haub’s recent blog will accomplish this. Reports That the U.S. Birth Rate in 2011 Was the Lowest in History Are, Well, Wrong See: http://prbblog.org/index.php/2012/11/28/reports-that-the-u-s-birth-rate-in-2011-was-the-lowest-in-history-are-well-wrong/...

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November 28, 2012

Land transformation by humans: A review

November 28, 2012 — Below is a scholarly article recently published as the featured science article in the magazine of the Geological Society of America, GSA Today. Near their conclusion, the authors state “Reducing demand is a critical component of the solution, but in itself is not sufficient,...

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November 26, 2012

Alarm Bells Continue Escalation: World Bank Warns on Climate

November 26, 2012 — The World Bank recently released a 106 page Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 Degree Celsius Warmer World Must be Avoided (16 MB PDF). The forward of the document, written by World Bank president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, begins: It is my hope...

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November 20, 2012

Do Economists Have Frequent Sex?

November 20, 2012 — Below is an essay by Martha Campbell and Malcolm Potts, which was published on the Pop!ulation Press website on November 12th, 2012. In it, Campbell and Potts take to task the pacific, and apparently routinely unexamined, reliance on the demographic transition theory by far...

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November 15, 2012

By choice, not by chance: family planning, human rights and development

November 15, 2012 — On November 14th, 2012, the UNFPA released its annual State of World Population 2012 report, titled: “By choice, not by chance: family planning, human rights and development”.    The link to the UNPFA report site is here: http://unfpa.org/swp The executive summary of the report can...

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November 12, 2012

Life Begins At Conception. That’s Not the Point

November 12, 2012 — The following editorial, written by RH Reality Check’s Editor in Chief, Jodi Jacobson, lays bare efforts by anti-choice activists — specifically those that oppose both birth control and emergency contraception — to deliberately confuse conception with “personhood” in order to try and blur the...

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November 12, 2012

Making ‘Beyond Seven Billion’: Reporting on Population, Environment, and Security

November 12, 2012 — Below is a report written by Carolyn Lamere, and originally posted at the New Security Beat blog, which covers LA Times reporter Ken Weiss’s recent presentation at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. As you will recall, Weiss produced the widely acclaimed, 5 part,...

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November 8, 2012

Full Planet, Empty Plates

November 8, 2012 — Below is a collection of facts from Lester Brown’s book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. Chapter 1 of the book, titled “Food the Weak Link” is available online  (http://www.earth-policy.org/books/fpep/fpepch1 ). FULL PLANET, EMPTY PLATES: Quick Facts www.earth-policy.org/press_room/C68/fpep_quickfacts With falling...

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November 7, 2012

Senior Nature Conservancy Scientists: Population Matters!!!

November 7, 2012 — Thanks to the ever excellent blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center, titled, New Security Beat, for the following article. The essay was originally published in The Nature Conservancy‘s October issue of their Science Chronicles newsletter. Education as a...

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October 30, 2012

Orion Magazine: State of The Species

October 30, 2012 — You may enjoy this “long-view” assessment/review of human history, human behavior and various speculations on what, exactly, humanity is capable of in the context of global evolution moving forward. It was originally published in the Nov/Dec issue of Orion Magazine. After a well-written, broad...

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October 25, 2012

Last Call: The Untold Reasons of the Global Crisis

October 25, 2012 — Last Call: The Untold Reasons of the Global Crisis will be a documentary project that shows the urgency of the message of warning launched by the authors of the most controversial book of the past 40 years: The Limits to Growth. The synopsis of...

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October 23, 2012

The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History

October 23, 2012 — There is a new book on population, authored by Derek Hoff, associate professor of history at Kansas State University. The book, which is a comprehensive history of population politics in the United States running from the Founding Fathers through to present day, is excellent....

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October 10, 2012

Joel Cohen: A Close Eye on Population Growth

October 10, 2012 — The following article was published in the Harvard Gazette in the “Environments and Sustainability” section. The story is reporting on a lecture given by Joel Cohen at the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Belfer Building in a seminar co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public...

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October 1, 2012

Cutting Family Planning in Texas

October 1, 2012 — In 2011, Texas cut funding for family planning services by 2/3rds — from $111 million to $37.9 million for a 2-year period. The article was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. If you are interested in the references, please click through the...

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October 1, 2012

Will Humanity Face a Carbohydrate Shortage?

October 1, 2012 — Will Humanity Face a Carbohydrate Shortage? See: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/09/26/will-humanity-face-a-carbohydrate-shortage/?WT_mc_id=SA_DD_20120927 Photosynthesis is the single most important transformation on Earth. Using the energy in sunlight, all plants-from single-celled algae to towering redwoods-knit carbon dioxide and water into food and release oxygen as a byproduct. Every year, humanity...

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September 28, 2012

“A Cartography of The Anthropocene”

September 28, 2012 — So, might you ask, what is the Anthropocene? First, the etymology. The Ancient Greek [anthropos] means “human being” while [kainos] means “new, current.” The Anthropocene would thus be best defined as the new human-dominated period of the Earth’s history. The term was proposed in...

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September 27, 2012

A Dark Day for Okotoks: Canadian Town Removes Population Cap

September 27, 2012 — In a deflating sign of the times, the Canadian town of Okotoks has just lifted a 30,000 resident population cap which had been in place for the past 14 years. Partial background is provided below; with a recent news stories following. Obviously, the population...

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September 17, 2012

Hedges Interviews Heinberg: Growth Is The Problem

September 17, 2012 — The following essay, written by Chris Hedges. The major portion of the content is provided by an interview Hedges conducted with Richard Heinberg about Heinberg’s 2011 book, “The End of Growth” (see book excerpts here). Heinberg, as you may know, is a senior fellow...

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September 17, 2012

We can’t grow ourselves out of debt, no matter what the Federal Reserve does

September 17, 2012 — Here is an Op-Ed published in The Guardian. Written prior to the 9/13/2012 announcement of further quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, it is nonetheless worth a read as it argues against engineered consumption and instead champions a steady-state economy. We can’t grow ourselves...

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September 14, 2012

Diverse Religious Leaders Affirm Contraceptive Access as ‘Moral Imperative’

September 14, 2012 — The author of the following Op-Ed is the Reverend Debra Haffner, President of the Religious Institute. Please note that the Institute’s Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing contains the following passage: God hears the cries of those who suffer from the failure...

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September 10, 2012

Re-examining our approach to ecology

September 10, 2012 — Re-examining our approach to ecology Rex Weyler, July 2012 See: http://rexweyler.com/blog-placeholder/ “The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” — Gregory Bateson, An Ecology of Mind Piecemeal ecology isn’t working. Forty years...

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September 6, 2012

Global Payroll to Population Employment Rate at 27% for 2011

September 6, 2012 — The following information was unveiled by Gallop Inc. on Sept. 5th, 2012. Gallop has created a new picture of global employment, which uses total global population in the 15+ age bracket (not just the number currently in the known workforce) as the basis for...

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September 5, 2012

World Forest Area Still on the Decline

September 5, 2012 — Thanks to Lester Brown’s Earth Policy Institute for sending me this update on global forest cover, which continues to decrease. The article takes a look at several separate regions of the world and also keys in on the distinctions between planted forests and those...

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August 28, 2012

Entering a long-term, politically dangerous food crisis

August 28, 2012 — Below is direct link to Jeremy Grantham’s GMO quarter 2 newsletter. This is the work that Paul B. Farrell referred to in the PMC blog post of August 18th. Pasted below is a portion of the introductory summary below. http://www.gmo.com/websitecontent/GMOQ2Letter.pdf Summary of the Summary...

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August 23, 2012

The Willful Denial of Conservative Columnist George Will

August 23, 2012 — Thanks to Bob Walker, President of the Population Institute, for quickly responding to a particularly mendacious column put out recently by the notorious George Will. As Bob successfully points out, the “don’t listen to the doom and gloom” arguments Will is making are innovative,...

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August 20, 2012

Swarm: Population Peril — West Virginia Newspaper Editorial

August 20, 2012 — The following editorial was written by the editorial board of The Charleston Gazette (WV). It is nice to think they are trying to encourage West Virginia citizens to pressure their elected representatives to enhance access to contraception and improve gender equity around the world....

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August 6, 2012

In Georgia (Eurasia), A Parable of Contraception

August 6, 2012 — The following report was filed by Haley Sweetland Edwards, a freelance writer living in Tbilisi, Georgia, and posted in an International Herald Tribune blog called Latitude: Views from Around the World. The story illuminates key aspects of the politics of reproductive health and provides...

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August 1, 2012

Rolling Stone Magazine: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

August 1, 2012 — The new issue of Rolling Stone magazine will officially hit the shelves tomorrow, and prominently displayed on the front cover is the title of Bill McKibben’s new essay, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math“. It is well worth reading. Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math See:...

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July 31, 2012

Philippines: Population, Poverty, Politics and the RH bill

July 31, 2012 — The following article, which argues in favor of the Filipino RH Bill, is authored by a consortium of 30 academic economists (representing nearly all members of the UP School of Economics faculty). As you may know, various forms of “An Act Providing For a...

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July 30, 2012

Singapore Wrestles: Growth vs. Finiteness

July 30, 2012 — If you refer to the CIA Factbook on Singapore, you will find that “Singapore has a highly developed and successful free-market economy. It enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a per capita GDP higher than that of most developed countries.”...

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July 26, 2012

Video: “No Joke. Choice Matters. Everywhere.”

July 26, 2012 — The following video, 3-minutes long, was recently produced by Pathfinder International. Pathfinder notes that while the video may be funny, the reality is not: women around the world face barriers to reproductive health care every single day. In some countries, women need their husband’s...

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July 25, 2012

Population Reference Bureau Releases 2012 World Data Sheet

July 25, 2012 — The Population Reference Bureau recently released its 2012 World Population Data Sheet. PRB’s 2012 effort is the 50th edition of this important annual stat sheet. PRB has calculated that the annual natural increase for 2012 will be 84.3 million, the result of 140 million...

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July 23, 2012

Los Angeles Times Issues Major Investigative Report on Population

July 23, 2012 — Ken Weiss, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and editor for the L.A. Times, emailed PMC yesterday to announce a major special feature report, which is the result his travels with staff photographer Rick Loomis. The two men traveled across Africa and Asia to document...

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July 18, 2012

Denying Access to Family Planning as a State Crime

July 18, 2012 — Below are excerpts of Riane Eisler’s chapter in an upcoming Cambridge University Press book, to be called “Crimes Against Future Generations”. Riane Eisler is a best-selling author, has addressed the UN General Assembly and currently focuses on her work with Center for Partnership Studies....

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July 13, 2012

Prestigious Medical Journal, The Lancet, Issues Family Planning Series

July 13, 2012 — The Lancet has issued a series of reports, which taken together provide an excellent review of the evidence for the effects of population and family planning on people’s well-being and the environment. The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is one...

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July 11, 2012

A World Population Day Worthy of Celebration

July 11, 2012 — Thanks to Bob Walker for the following opinion piece, posted at Huff Post. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/a-world-population-day-wo_b_1660340.html A World Population Day Worthy of Celebration Posted: 07/10/2012 12:35 pm Supporters of family planning have been observing July 11 as World Population Day for nearly a quarter of...

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July 2, 2012

Family Planning: A Key to Prosperity

July 2, 2012 — Here is a good piece of writing from the always informative John Bongaarts, Vice-President of Population Council, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. Note the case studies near the end. This article originally...

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June 15, 2012

IAP Statement on Population and Consumption

June 15, 2012 — The Global Network of Science Academies (IAP), comprised of 105 national science academies, yesterday released a statement on population and consumption, which cites population growth and unsustainable consumption, together, as two of the greatest challenges facing the world. You can read the statement here:...

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June 12, 2012

Mixed Demographic Signals Flashing for East and Southern Africa

June 12, 2012 — The following essay came our way from the New Security Beat, the terrific blog of the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program. It details divergent trends in sub-Sarahan Africa related to fertility, contraceptive use, etc. It is superbly written. See: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2012/05/new-surveys-generate-mixed-demographic.html New Surveys...

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June 11, 2012

Computation and the Human Predicament, RE: Limits to Growth

June 11, 2012 — You may find this article rather fascinating. Recently published in American Scientist, it is an unusual look into the computer engineering that went into Limits To Growth. Part of the article’s intrigue lay in the author’s seemingly concurrent dismissal and acceptance of the messages...

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June 7, 2012

Sex-selective Abortion Bans: A New Strategy to Limit Women’s Access

June 7, 2012 — The issue of sex-selective abortion is hitting the mainstream media in the United States. This RH Reality Check essay (originally from Guttmacher Institute) will provide you with an introduction to the issue. See: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/05/31/sex-selective-abortion-bans-disingenuous-new-strategy-to-limit-womens-access-to-a Sex-selective Abortion Bans: A Disingenuous New Strategy to Limit Women’s...

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June 4, 2012

Correlations? Causes? More on child mortality, fertility & population growth. Part 2.

June 4, 2012 — Here is an Economist article. The content suggests that the link between child mortality (improvements of which are indeed cause for celebration) and fertility is not infallible, as people like Hans Rosling and Bill Gates might believe. See: http://www.economist.com/node/21555571 African child mortality The best...

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June 4, 2012

Responding to “Fighting Climate Change with Family Planning”

June 4, 2012 — You will likely be interested to read Bill Ryerson’s response to the content forwarded by the PMC Daily Email of May 21st (Fighting Climate Change with Family Planning). If you recall, this was a Sierra Club Magazine article dealing with the deleterious effects of...

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May 24, 2012

From Gallup.Com: “Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41%

May 24, 2012 — “Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41% See: http://www.gallup.com/poll/154838/Pro-Choice-Americans-Record-Low.aspx Americans now tilt “pro-life” by nine-point margin, 50% to 41% by Lydia Saad May 23, 2012 PRINCETON, NJ — The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is...

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May 21, 2012

Not In My Backyard! As Local Government Attacks on Women’s Health Increase, Citizens Are Fighting Back

May 21, 2012 — From RH Reality Check: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/05/16/as-vicious-attacks-on-womens-health-continue-keep-your-eye-on-your-local-governme Not In My Backyard! As Local Government Attacks on Women’s Health Increase, Citizens Are Fighting Back by Jenny Dodson, National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) May 17, 2012 – 8:36am The vicious attacks on women’s health to which we’ve...

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May 18, 2012

Report: Endangered Species Act is Working As It Should

May 18, 2012 — Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), one of the few environmental conservation organizations actively engaged in human population issues, has released a report to coincide with Endangered Species Day (today, May 18th, 2012). Titled “On Time, On Target: How the Endangered Species Act Is Saving...

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May 16, 2012

WWF’s 2012 Living Planet Report Released

May 16, 2012 — On Tuesday, May 15th, WWF released the 2012 edition of its Living Planet Report. To see the full report (PDF) click here: http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/lpr_2012_final_120507.pdf To see the summary document (PDF) click here: http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/lpr_2012_summary_booklet_final.pdf Below is a news report out of Seattle announcing the report. See:...

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May 11, 2012

United Methodists Revise Population Resolution

May 11, 2012 — You may be interested to know that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church has, during its recently concluded convention in Tampa FL, revised its resolution on Population. It is a bit stronger than the previous one in terms of acknowledging that Genesis...

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May 8, 2012

Melinda Gates’ New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women’s Health

May 8, 2012 — You may recall the Daily Email of April 6th, 2012, which provided a video link to a speech given by Melinda Gates, in which she announced her commitment to putting contraception back on the global development agenda. Below, we have a further report on...

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May 1, 2012

A very Un-Texan idea: League City looks to ease population boom

May 1, 2012 — Having recently been in Texas for Earth Day Dallas, this particular column caught my eye. In what will, no doubt, become a more regular story line, League City TX is realizing that all growth is not inherently good. As one person is quoted: “There...

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April 27, 2012

Climate Code Red! Is all “good news” and no “bad news” a good strategy?

April 27, 2012 — I suspect many of you will enjoy the following essay, sent to me by Bill Ryerson, and written by David Spratt. Mr. Spratt is based in Melbourne, Australia and you can follow him on Twitter at @djspratt. Spratt is focused on climate advocacy, but...

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April 26, 2012

Royal Society Releases People and Planet Report

April 26, 2012 — The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognize, promote, and support excellence...

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December 19, 2011

How Can Planet Earth Sustain Its Population?

December 19, 2011 — Thanks to Val Allen for this announcement. Contact: Ellen Green, Press Manager, Strategic Book Group – PressManager@StrategicBookGroup.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Now Available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other e-Readers How Can Planet Earth Sustain Its Population? The world has just hit a new population...

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November 26, 2011

Too Smart for Our Own Good

November 26, 2011 — Thanks to Sam Hopkins for this review of Craig Dilworth’s new book, Too Smart for Our Own Good, which you can find on Amazon.  See http://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/052176436X/ref=cm_cr_dp_syn_footer/189-9913030-4310908?showViewpoints=1&k=Too%20Smart%20for%20our%20Own%20Good%3A%20The%20Ecological%20Predicament%20of%20Humankind Too Smart for Our Own Good The book was published by Cambridge University Press.    Craig has a M.A....

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October 27, 2011

Sleepwalking to Catastrophe

October 27, 2011 — Since October 31 is the Day of Seven Billion, now would be an excellent time for you to submit a letter to the editor to your local paper, linking global growth to a local growth issue that is currently in the news. Thanks to...

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September 26, 2011

The End of Growth

September 26, 2011 — Bestselling author Richard Heinberg has a new book, “The End of Growth.” Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators and best-selling authors, has just published his latest book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (New Society Publishers, August 2011). ...

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September 21, 2011

Book: Seeds of Destruction

September 21, 2011 — Thanks to Allan Hendry for this information about his new book. Seeds of Destruction This new eco-thriller, although a page-turning read aimed at the popular market, nevertheless carries powerful messages about ecology and population. Very readable, complex, high in action and set internationally, it...

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August 22, 2011

Special Issue of Science Magazine on Population

August 22, 2011 — Thanks to Vicky Markham for alerting me to the new special Issue of Science magazine on “Population”.  Link to the table of contents at http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/population/index.xhtml.  You will need a subscription to see most of the full articles.  In the 29 July 2011 issue, Science...

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July 25, 2011

MAN SWARM AND THE KILLING OF WILDLIFE

July 25, 2011 — Thanks to Dave Foreman and Christianne Hinks for this announcement about Dave’s latest book. Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife The population bomb did not fizzle. It blew up. It is still blowing up. WORLD POPULATION: 1960: 3 Billion Today: 7 Billion 2050:...

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July 8, 2011

New Book: SCARCITY

July 8, 2011 — Thanks to Chris Clugston for this introduction to his new book, Scarcity.  To download a copy of the book, link to http://www.wakeupamerika.com/ Human Misperceptions Unfolding today among humankind is the most colossal self-inflicted tragedy in the history of the world. During the course of...

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April 25, 2011

Population News Digest

April 25, 2011 — You may be interested in subscribing to a weekly round-up of population related news-stories distributed by Joe Bish, Population Outreach Manager at PMC and coordinator of the Population Institute’s Global Population Speak Out. Titled as the “Population News Digest”, the service distributes between 50...

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February 22, 2011

Ask Umbra on Population

February 22, 2011 — Thanks to Jennifer Prediger for a link to the “Ask Umbra” column on Grist (http://www.grist.org/column/ask-umbra).  On that page, you will find this lead into an article on population: Overpopulation is a big theme in Umbra’s latest Book Club selection, Freedom. We’ve got exclusive Grist...

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January 5, 2011

Compelling connections in ‘The Post Carbon Reader’

January 5, 2011 — By Juliane Poirier http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/12.15.10/greenzone-1050.html Q: What’s even better for health and brain growth than Sudoku, green tea, dark chocolate and meditation all at once? A: Applying one’s brain to the puzzle of human survival. It’s hard work, but vastly rewarding. And one can get...

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December 9, 2010

The Post Carbon Reader

December 9, 2010 — If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift, I am happy to announce that The Post Carbon Reader is now available in bookstores. My contribution, the essay Population: The Multiplier of Everything Else, gives a broad overview of the population issue. You can...

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December 7, 2010

Top 50 Blogs by Global Health Organizations

December 7, 2010 — Population Media Center is noted as a top 50 Blog by Global Health Organizations http://www.mastersinglobalhealth.com/top-50-blogs-by-global-health-organizations.html#41

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October 18, 2010

PMC’s 2010/2011 Annual Report is now available

October 18, 2010 — In 2010-2011, PMC had projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Caribbean, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea,

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September 21, 2010

Top 50 Birth Control Blogs

September 21, 2010 — Thanks to Rachel M. Stevenson, Co-founder of the HealthTech Blog, for letting us know about this article. Population Media Center’s blog, which includes the articles sent to this mailing list, is listed under “Population Issues.” It can be found at http://www.populationmedia.org/pmc-blog/. Birth control blogs...

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August 1, 2010

The Triple Crises of Civilization

August 1, 2010 — Thanks to George Plumb for this OpEd. ———————- The Triple Crises of Civilization Rev. David Murphy and George Plumb, May, 2010 May 16, 2010 The evidence is overwhelming. We are facing triple crises. Global warming is already happening. We are at or close to...

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July 21, 2010

Out of the Darkness of Centuries: Book Review

July 21, 2010 — Below is a book review of David Poindexters book, Out of the Darkness of Centuries. The review is written by Jane Roberts’ of RH Reality Check. http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/reader-diaries/2010/07/21/darkness-centuries-book-review ———————— You really can change outlook and behavior by scientifically based entertainment-education through the media, primarily radio...

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July 19, 2010

Numbers Matter – It’s Not Just I=PAT Any More

July 19, 2010 — Thanks to Ed Barry for this very interesting article by John Harte, which you can download at https://docs.google.com/a/populationmedia.org/leaf?id=0B5F-idWfw7TeYzM3MWM5YTQtN2VjZC00ZDY1LTg0YjYtOWIzZWY3NTUzMGI1&hl=en&authkey=CI2r79EI

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July 12, 2010

Out of the Darkness of Centuries

July 12, 2010 — I am delighted to announce the publication of a book by David Poindexter, PMC’s Honorary Chair and a long-time expert in the use of entertainment-education for promoting family planning use. He and I worked together at the Population Institute and Population Communications International during...

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June 3, 2010

Global Maternal Health Writing Contest

June 3, 2010 — The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is partnering with Helium to get your voice heard on the most pressing issues of the day. They want to know your thoughts on questions raised by Pulitzer Center-sponsored reporting projects around the globe – and the winning...

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September 2, 2009

Florida’s Population Decline is No Cause For Alarm

September 2, 2009 — Florida’s recent decline in population is making national headlines (NY Times, USA Today) and is being portrayed as a major cause for concern. The truth is that those expressing this alarm are merely clinging to an old, tired, and harmful mode of thinking. After...

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June 5, 2009

Sex Sells: A Tiny Nonprofit Uses Mass Media to Encourage Family Planning

June 5, 2009 — PMC was recently featured in Earth Island Journal http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/sex_sells/ Sex Sells: A Tiny Nonprofit Uses Mass Media to Encourage Family Planning Fikrite is a girl in trouble. Her grandfather has just died and now a neighbor, a man named Damte, has taken over the...

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December 29, 2008

PMC’s Winter Newsletter is now available

December 29, 2008 — The 2008/2009 Winter Newsletter features stories about PMC’s programs in Senegal, Mexico, and Vietnam, as well as an in-depth interview with Dr. Albert Bartlett on the issue of population. Winter 2008/2009 Newsletter

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October 18, 2008

PMC’s 2009/2010 Annual Report is now available

October 18, 2008 — In 2009, PMC had projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, the United States, Vietnam and a worldwide electronic game. 2009/2010 Annual Report (PDF, 3 MB)

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July 10, 2008

July 11th – World Population Day!

July 10, 2008 — Today as we commemorate World Population Day, Population Media Center and Population Institute pledge their commitment to help bring population numbers into balance with natural resources, so humanity can live in harmony with the earth.

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July 7, 2008

New Partnership Between Population Media Center and The Population Institute

July 7, 2008 — I am pleased to report to you that the Board of Directors of the Population Institute (PI) has formed a formal partnership with Population Media Center (PMC).

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June 12, 2008

PMC Featured in Soul Beat

June 12, 2008 — Participatory Assessment of Gugar Goge, an Entertainment-Education: A Qualitative Assessment Report by Arvind Singhal, Sarah Hurlburt, and Radha Vij This report documents the results of a participatory assessment exercise conducted in Nigeria to gauge audience reception of Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”),...

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January 9, 2008

PMC’s Work Highlighted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

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

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April 13, 2007

Population: A Lively Introduction

April 13, 2007 — From the website of the Population Reference Bureau: When were you born? How many brothers and sisters did you have? Where did your ancestors live? How long will you live? The answers to such questions are the core of demography. While many people think...

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April 3, 2006

“Can Soap Operas Save Lives?” – PMC Featured in Ode Magazine

April 3, 2006 — Ode Magazine Issue 32 By Kim Ridley Steamy tales of sex, betrayal and suspense can carry important social messages Young and poor, Fikirte is in many ways Ethiopia’s Everywoman. Her life takes a turn for the worse when she meets Damtew, who is so...

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January 6, 2005

Soap Operas for Social Change to Prevent HIV/AIDS

January 6, 2005 — Published in 2005, this 74-page guide is designed to be used by journalists and media personnel to plan and execute the production and broadcast of Sabido-style entertainment-education serial dramas for HIV/AIDS prevention, especially among women and girls. This is part of UNFPA’s strategy to...

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