Archive for December 2014

Support Our Work on Population, People and the Planet!

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
People's Climate March

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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Filling the Food Chain with Plastics

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York. 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 plastic,
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Is Empathy For Nature Missing from the UN Climate Talks?

Dec 9th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York, From the outside, it seems like the UN climate negotiations are all about wordsmithing, rehashing decades-old arguments on responsibility, finance and a little bit about impacts on people. It is more difficult to hear about the planet, i.e., nature, in the talks. When it does come up, nature is often reduced
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UN Climate Talks: Just a Lot of Hot Air in Lima?

Dec 5th, 2014 | By
Is there too much hot air at international climate negotiations?  
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By Suzanne York, Perhaps it’s telling that the UN climate meeting (officially known as COP 20) is being held in Lima, Peru.  It is an arid city of more than 8 million people and growing that receives less than an inch of rain annually.  With droughts increasing here and in many cities and regions
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