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[photo credit: Wikimedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Permafrost_in_Herschel_Island_016.jpg] The Methane Gun – The Threat to a Habitable Earth

By Julian Cribb, guest writer [i] In all the sound and fury over climate change, too little public and media attention has been devoted to the ‘methane gun’ [1] – and yet this terrifying phenomenon could usher humans unceremoniously off Earth’s stage for good. Like CO2, methane (CH4) is a greenhouse gas that helps trap the
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A peer educator carrying out a group session on condom use focusing on male involvement in family planning with students of UICT Integrating Reproductive Health into Climate Change Efforts

By Joshua Mirondo, guest blogger for Transition Earth. Uganda is a very young country. Young people below the age of 30 constitute over 75% of the nation’s population and eight million are youth aged 15-30. About 25% of these are in institutions of higher learning like universities and vocational technical institutes. Research shows that almost
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[path.org] Pressing Ahead With Empowering Women

By Suzanne York. A new product is being touted as a game changer for women’s health, giving women a new and easy-to-use device in the contraceptives and voluntary family planning toolkit. Unless you follow issues related to women’s reproductive health, you may not know that some 225 million women in developing countries around the world
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Dr. Doreen Othero presenting at the African Great Lakes Conference A Wake Up Call for Conservationists?

By Suzanne York. A light went off for many conservationists attending the African Great Lakes Conference (AGLC) this past week. They learned that there is an integrated development model that can help make their environmental efforts successful for the long-term. It’s simple, really. By connecting population, health and environment issues, people will be empowered with
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Sister Angelique, who has  helped over 2000 displaced women and girls in the DRC [photo credit: www.unhcr.org] The Congo: What’s At Stake

By Suzanne York. Mention the Congo, and it evokes thoughts of Conrad, King Leopold, diamonds, conflict, war, and also incredible biological diversity and culture. If there is anyplace on the face of the planet that seems to comprise the best and worst of humanity, it might just be the Democratic Republic of Congo. From its
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Food and Hunger/Agriculture

[Photo: FAO] Locusts in Uganda: Was the Country Prepared?

By Joshua Mironda, youth writer for Transition Earth. You may have heard that plagues of locusts have descended upon East Africa.  This is not a biblical story, but real life, with serious implications for people and nature. Here in Uganda, at the beginning of February, desert locusts invaded the country through its Amudat district and
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Reproductive Rights/Women's Rights

Women Entrepreneur using Ecostove The Path to Empowerment: Linking Reproductive Health and the Environment

By Suzanne York. It’s a shame, given all the depressing and negative stories that drive the news cycles, that there isn’t a high-profile channel or platform dedicated only to positive actions. As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th, there is no better time to show how women are changing the world for
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Youth Rights

[Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Escaping_child_marriage_(14521096630).jpg] Climate Change and the Threat to the Rights of Girls

By Suzanne York. Imagine being a small-scale farmer in a developing country, trying to grow crops in challenging conditions that farmers have faced for generations.  Then increasingly severe climate impacts really start to throw things out of whack.  Droughts, floods, and erratic weather conditions threaten livelihoods and the ability to provide adequate amounts of food
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Biodiversity/Conservation

[photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cutest_Koala.jpg] Reality Hits the Davos Crowd: Biodiversity is Actually Important

By Suzanne York. The new year kicked off with a lot of coverage of extinction, mostly due to the tragedy in Australia.  Television news programs, newspapers and social media are awash in reports of the devastating impact of Australia’s raging fires on its enigmatic species.  The images of koalas, kangaroos and wallabies burning are tragic
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Energy and Carbon Emissions

[image via Pacific Southwest Region 5, Flickr/Creative Commons] Planting Trees Isn’t Enough: We Also Need Family Planning for a Thriving World

By Suzanne York. Green is in, and trees are all the rage as a key (and obvious) solution to climate change: India planted 220 million trees in one day; Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hours; China has plans to plant an area of forest as large as Ireland every year. Even corporations are joining in –
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Climate Change

[Photo credit: Creative Commons] Newsflash: “profoundly troubling signs from human activities”

By Suzanne York. As New Delhi chokes from off-the-charts air pollution levels, parts of Australia, Brazil and California burn, and countries in Europe flood, a timely warning on climate change from some 11,000 scientists was released. The scientists’ alarm was first sounded 40 years ago and in most years since then.  But too many people have
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Economics and GDP

SF climate march 2019 The Price of Worshipping Endless Growth

By Suzanne York, Transition Earth. Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City this week.  She’s gotten a lot of press and focused much attention on climate issues.  Which is a good thing, given that the Northern Hemisphere, which holds 90 percent of the world’s population, had the
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Family Planning

[photo: UNICEF] Gender Transformative Approach to Slowing Population Growth in Uganda

By Joshua Mirondo, youth writer for Transition Earth. Uganda is at risk of having adverse gender, human rights and environment effects because of its high population growth rate. There is an annual increase of 3.3 percent, which is one of the fastest in Africa – and the whole world. Since the majority of Uganda’s population is
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Water Issues

Women building rainwater harvesting tanks The Community-led Solution to Coping with Water Scarcity

By Suzanne York. Fresh water – our most valuable of resources – is becoming increasingly scarce.  Yet the world blunders on, seemingly unaware, or at least uncaring, of the looming humanitarian crisis on the horizon. Water scarcity is becoming more and more common in many countries. About 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world
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Consumption and Waste

[Photo: singularityhub.com] Can We Win the Battle of Plastic Pollution?

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. I have been an activist campaigning against plastic pollution for the past four years. During this time, I have learned about a number of projects that promised to change the course of plastic pollution, but sadly none have actually been strong enough to have a lasting
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