Family Planning

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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Desert Empowerment

Feb 21st, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York,, Feb. 21, 2012 Recently I had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Prakash Tyagi, a medical doctor and director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), a rural empowerment organization based in the state of Rajasthan, India. Dr. Tyagi was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, courtesy of the International Development Exchange
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The Rio Agenda: Population is Part of Sustainability

Jan 18th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York,, January 17, 2012   photo: Creative Commons / Chin tin tin Some top thinkers recently gathered in Washington, DC to strategize on population, women’s rights and environment issues. Experts met at the Aspen Institute on January 12th to discuss “The Road to Rio: Climate Change, Population and Sustainability” and find
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The Philippines: Balancing Culture & Contraceptives

Jan 10th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, January 10, 2012 In a country that has one of the highest birthrates in South East Asia, a proposal to provide citizens free contraception sounds like a smart move. But in the Philippines, smart bumps up against culture and religion. With a population of over 95 million and a total fertility
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Congress and International Family Planning: The Good and the Bad

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By
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By Suzanne York for, Dec. 22, 2011 You wouldn’t know it from the news, given the focus on the payroll tax cut, but international family planning funding has squeaked through the 2012 omnibus spending bill without being drastically cut. This despite Republican threats to do so. The most cost-effective way to deal with carbon
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Fastest Growing Cities: A Crisis of Sustainability and Stability

Dec 20th, 2011 | By
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By Suzanne York,, December 20, 201 Recently I came across a list of the world’s fastest growing cities and urban areas, as reported by the City Mayors Foundation, a U.K. think tank which encourages innovative and sustainable solutions to urban issues. I was rather shocked that the arid city of Sana’a, Yemen was third
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Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 myths about world population growth

Nov 29th, 2011 | By

This post is from Population Matters. See where you can download a full copy of the paper by Richard Ottaway. In 1804 there were 1 billion people in the world, in 1960 3 billion people and this year on the 31st October the world population reaches 7 billion. The world population continues to grow
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“GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” Premieres Tonight in Berkeley

Nov 15th, 2011 | By Sponsors Berkeley Film Premiere

Hooked on Growth at The David Brower Center in Berkeley    

You Choose: The Future of 7 Billion

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
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 By Suzanne York,, October 27, 2011 Demographers predict the 7 billionth child will likely be born on October 31st in India or China. No one really knows, of course, but the odds are in favor of the birth happening in one of those two countries, which between them have 2.5 billion people, or 1/3rd
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The Other 1%

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

By Suzanne York,, October 20, 2011 One percent is in the news a lot lately, with the Occupy Wall Street protests targeting bankers and the wealthiest Americans who comprise 1% of our population. But there is another 1% that we should keep in mind. Though it may be small, this other 1% is doing
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