Archive for March 2012

One Child Not Left Behind

Mar 28th, 2012 | By

by Suzanne York,, September 15, 2011 In a land of 1.2 billion people that is projected to be the world’s most populous nation by 2030, India probably doesn’t come to mind when you hear about a rise in one-child families. But that is actually occurring, according to a study called Middle class dreams: India’s
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Halloween 2011: The Day World Population Surpasses 7 Billion

Mar 28th, 2012 | By

By Kelly White, July 21, 2011                         Photo: somewhereintheworldtoday Projecting population growth is not an exact science, so when the United Nations chose October 31, 2011, Halloween, as the day that world population will surpass 7 billion, one has to wonder as to why
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The Population Factor and Ways to Cope with Climate Change and Migration

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, March 22, 2012  A study just released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is warning that climate change could exacerbate environmental disasters in Asia and result in a surge of migration by people fleeing crises. In its report, Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific, the ADB observed
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Success for People & the Planet at Rio+20

Mar 21st, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York,, March 21, 2012   The official focus of the upcoming United Nations “Earth Summit”, aka Rio+20, will be on the green economy and solidifying a sustainable development framework. This past January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out five imperatives of an action plan to “build the future we want.” These are
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Building a Bridge to a Better Future: The Environment, Women’s Rights & Population Growth

Mar 14th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, March 14, 2012 If you care about people and the planet, listen up!  According to recent research, 8 in 10 environmentalists want to see population growth addressed along with a focus on consumption and clean energy. This is good news. We cannot afford to continue to “silo” the critical issues facing
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Ties that Bind: Making the Population and Environment Connection

Mar 9th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, March 8, 2012 The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference took place this past weekend (March 2-4) in Eugene, Oregon. If you’re not familiar with it, it is an [inspiring] gathering of environmentalists of all stripes and professions that has been taking place for thirty years. This year I attended for the
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The State of Women on International Women’s Day

Mar 7th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, March 7, 2012 In the midst of all the political attacks on contraceptive coverage and women’s rights here in the U.S., it is more important than ever that we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. It’s hard to believe that in the U.S., a country which has the highest rates
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The Growing Discussion on Measuring Economic Growth

Mar 1st, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York,, Feb. 29, 2012 Economic growth is virtually always in the news. Stories about the economy and individual companies often focus on successful growth or bemoan it’s absence. Our politicians repeatedly promise more economic growth. The reality is that we live in a world of finite resources, many of which are becoming
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