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[photo credit: www.unmultimedia.org] Population is Complex, and That is a Good Thing

By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org Population is the proverbial elephant in the room of the world’s problems. Despite its massive importance in determining the fate of, well, everything, it is frequently ignored or glossed over. Meanwhile, 250,000 people are born every single day, many in resource-deprived areas. How do we change this? An
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People's Climate March Support Our Work on Population, People and the Planet!

Dear Friends, 2014 was the hottest year on record. Also in 2014, however, people marched in the streets to take action on climate change, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act created greater access to contraceptives for women. As we head into 2015, population is a critical part of almost every pivotal issue facing
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[image credit: projourno.org] Where Do We Go From Here?

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The stock market is up and down, oil companies are making record profits, there is a growing gap between the have’s and the have nots, a large number of people take anti-depressants, and the environment is increasingly being degraded.  Do we accept this as the way it is, or is there
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[photo credit: www.greenpeace.org] Saving Wildlife by Eating Green

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Changing the way we live, to better our lives or the environment, is not always an easy thing to do.  Yet often times simple changes can amount to big differences. Take eating less meat, for example.  Eating less meat probably has a greater impact than changing to energy-saving light bulbs. You
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[photo credit: data.unfpa.org] Family Planning is a Smart Investment

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. In a time of government budget cuts and austerity programs, family planning is a low-cost investment that yields big dividends.  And more importantly, it saves lives. Globally, there are 222 million women in developing counties who lack access to contraception.  Off these, 162 million women live in the world’s poorest countries.
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Economics and GDP

Shanghai [photo credit: www.designyourway.net] To Grow or Not to Grow: The Wild Card of Aging Populations

China’s population growth has been popping up in the news recently.  It seems the government’s concern about too much population growth has now swung in the other direction – today the issue is a shrinking labor pool. The Chinese labor force has already peaked and its population will shrink after 2030, though some experts  think
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Reproductive Rights/Women's Rights

Founder Katie Rutherford with the after school group, "The Social Club" [photo credit: Taylor Smith] What Makes a Choice? (Part 2)

By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org. In many parts of South Africa, condoms are free and widely available, and local clinics offer free birth control, HIV tests and treatment. Brochures and signs can be seen throughout the country encouraging safe sex. Despite these public health efforts, survey after survey indicates high numbers of unprotected sex,
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Climate Change

[image credit: nova.campusguides.com] Is Word Getting Out that Population and Climate Change are Connected?

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org “In fact, person for person, reducing birth rates in industrialized nations has a bigger impact on greenhouse gas emissions because affluent people use more of the Earth’s resources and depend more heavily on fossil fuels.” Thus wrote the editorial board of the Los Angeles Timesover the weekend. Word is getting out
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Environment/Sustainability

Yanacocha gold mine in Cajamarca, Peru [photo credit: Jeffrey Bury, http://sciencenotes.ucsc.edu/2011/pages/gold/goldpic.html] Exceeding Earth’s Limits

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. The world is headed towards a “danger zone,” as it is passing a number of planetary boundaries that could destabilize the earth, according to yet another study by an international group of scientists. While your average citizen is probably not even aware of the concept of planetary boundaries, it should be a
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Family Planning

[photo credit: www.huffingtonpost.com] Approach to Family Planning: A Tale of Two Countries

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. What is the role of government when it comes to having babies?  Should the goal be to empower women or promote economic growth? The government of Ethiopia announced earlier this week that it will try to lower its total fertility rate to 2.6 by the year 2020 from the current rate
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Consumption and Waste

Ad by the Surfrider Foundation Filling the Food Chain with Plastics

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Oceans are the lungs of the planet, and make up 99% of it.  Yet more and more, humans are using it as a garbage can.  Many people have likely heard about the giant floating garbage dump in the Pacific Ocean – the Pacific Trash Vortex – which is full of discarded
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Biodiversity/Conservation

[image credit: www.elefantentreff.de] Black Elephants: Ignorance, Extinction and Human Impact on the Planet

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It is said that ignorance is bliss.  What about willful ignorance, or worse, indifference? It is undeniable that humans are changing the environment and affecting the planet’s biodiversity, and much of this change is not for the better.  But it is easier to stick our heads in the sand, look the
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Water Issues

[Photo:By Francisco Anzola (Flickr: Sao Paulo Skyline) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons] Thirsty? A City of 20 Million People on the Verge of Running Out of Water

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org For several years now, the topic that water would be the next oil has been bandied about, implying that water would be as valuable as fossil fuels. That day of reckoning may be coming sooner than many people think.  Last week, Reuters reported that the city of São Paulo – South
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