Archive for April 2012

The 7 Billion Conversation: Addressing Water Scarcity Challenges

Apr 25th, 2012 | By
Photo: The Aspen Institute

By Suzanne York,, April 25, 2012 The Aspen Institute continued its series exploring living in a world of 7 billion people with an event this past April 18th, in a session called “A Long Walk to Water: Women, Population and Access to Safe Water.” As society grapples with a population projected to hit over
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Taking a Closer Look: Population, Poverty and Women’s Empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By
credit: Gates Foundation,

By Suzanne York,, April 18, 2012   In her TED talk in early April, Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation mentioned that if the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India were its own country, it would be the fifth largest in the world, with over 200 million people. And in this populated land,
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Relearning the “3 R’s” and More in a World of 7 Billion and Growing

Apr 17th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York,, April 17, 2012 Many people are familiar with the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” and it has never been more important than now. A group called Business Degree has created an infographic called “The Secret Life of Garbage” detailing the amount of waste created in the United States and China. A few
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Is the World Ready for Gross National Happiness?

Apr 9th, 2012 | By
Photo: Terry Feuerborn,

By Suzanne York,, April 9, 2012 Happiness is back in the news, at least at the United Nations. If you paid close attention, you were reminded that the UN unanimously adopted a resolution last year based on the concept of Gross National Happiness. Officially called UN Resolution 65/309, “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to
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The Rio+20 Agenda: The Future Only Some Want

Apr 4th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York,, April 3, 2012   Recent negotiations in New York City to prepare a document and agenda for the upcoming Rio+20 conference ended on a discouraging note. Civil society organizations sent an open letter to the secretary general for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), citing frustration with the process
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Debating Old News: The Contraceptive Coverage Controversy

Apr 2nd, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, April 2, 2012   It’s very hard to comprehend that here we are in the 21st century, living in a supposedly advanced and democratic nation, and there is a huge debate about women’s rights – namely women’s access to and use of contraceptives in the United States. As a Generation X’er,
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