Posts Tagged ‘ Consumption ’

Does Anyone Care that 500 Scientists Think the Earth is at a Tipping Point?

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At a conference in Silicon Valley, a consensus statement signed by over 500 of the world’s top global scientists was publicly released.  It outlines the main environmental issues – from climate change to pollution and population growth – that policy makers must address immediately to avoid an approaching global tipping point.
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400 Parts Per What? and Why You Should Care

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Tracking carbon emissions: the Keeling Curve

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At some point in early May, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is expected to hit 400 parts per million (ppm).  It will fluctuate throughout the rest of the year, and for the next several years.  It is predicted to stabilize at the 400ppm mark by 2017, and
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A Week of Happiness: Prioritizing Well-being for Our World

Apr 17th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org As you recover from the stress of filing taxes, you can take some relief and pleasure in this being Sustainable Happiness Week.  It kicked off on April 13th, and runs through April 20th. Where is it easiest to feel happy?  Check out this infographic from Sustainable Cities Collective to see the
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Learning From Burning Man

Aug 28th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org.  Man to burn next weekend! Are those global warming pushers behind this? No, it’s Burning Man, and it happens every year. What, you may ask, is Burning Man? As some of you probably know, it’s an annual week-long gathering of artists in the Black Rock desert of Nevada (dubbed Black Rock
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Aspen, Ideas, and How to Really Talk About Population Growth

Jul 24th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org This was my first time attending the annual Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), and what a week it was! Suffice it to say, my head still hurts from all the information I took in from some of the country’s top thinkers and doers. From the polarization of U.S. politics to the Supreme
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Bridging the Demographic Divide and Other Population Challenges

Jul 19th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Population Reference Bureau (PRB) just released its 2012 World Population Data Sheet, showing that the world’s poorest countries will have the greatest population growth, due to high birth rates and a large youth population. Just one week after the London Summit on Family Planning, which raised $2.6 billion from donors for
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Raising the Youth Voice on Population and Reproductive Rights

Jun 19th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org Rio de Janeiro — Nearly half of the world´s population is under the age of 25, or more than 3 billion people.  In some areas of the world, young women (ages 15-19)  are twice as likely to lack access to contraceptives they desire as women over the age of twenty.  As policy-makers
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The Heavy Hitters of Population Growth & Women’s Rights

Jun 19th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org Rio de Janeiro — Some of the biggest names in the population and women’s empowerment movement weighed in at Rio+20 on successfully promoting these topics at the UN conference and beyond. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former president of Norway and now the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change who has been around
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Plotting Population Dynamics from Rio and Beyond

Jun 19th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org Rio de Janeiro — My first Rio+20 side event was titled “From Rio to Cairo to Rio…and Beyond”, but for me it was actually from San Francisco to Charlotte to Rio…and even beyond to Rio Centro, site of the UN Rio+20 conference, far from downtown..  So quite a trek just to get
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Rio+20 Here We Come: But Will Population Issues Be Heard?

Jun 5th, 2012 | By
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  By Suzanne York, HowMany.org In less than a month the world, or at least the environmentally-inclined members of the world, will be in the throes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20. Despite the official summit focus on the green economy and sustainable development, there are many groups and individuals working
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