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A health care worker in Bangladesh gives a young pregnant woman a birthing kit for a safer delivery. It contains a sterile razor to cut the cord, a sterile plastic sheet to place under the birth area, and other simple, sanitary items - all which help save lives. The health care worker asks the young woman to come back with her baby for a post natal check after the birth. At that time, she asks the mom if she wants to have another child right away or if she wants to space her children. Usually the mom wants to wait, and gladly accepts contraception. The worker is prepared to give her pills, an injection, implants, or an IUD. The mother is instructed to come back if the baby shows signs of diarrhea or pneumonia, common infant killers.
People's Rights, Planet's Rights - Holistic Approaches to a Sustainable Population (pdf) Suzanne York, Institute for Population Studies
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Seeks to protect the global environment, preserve natural resources for future generations, and foster healthy communities by advancing sustainable development solutions by:
- promoting increased access to voluntary family planning and reproductive
health information and services
- advocating for women's and girls' basic rights, including health care, education, and economic opportunity
- raising public awareness of wasteful resource consumption in the context of social and economic equity
- empowering youth leaders
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If we don't halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity - and will leave a ravaged world. Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall
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Parasitic Worm May Increase Women's Fertility, Study Suggests Women infected with the roundworm species scaris lumbricoides had about two more children than women without the worm. The researchers suggested that a suppressed immune system due to the infection may make the body less likely to reject a fetus.
Emissions Scenarios World population reached 1 billion in 1804, 2 billion in 1927, 3 billion in 1960, 4 billion in 1974, and 5 billion in 1987, reaching the 6 billion level shortly before the millenium.
Collapsing Greenland Glacier Could Raise Sea Levels by Half a Metre, Say Scientists The enormous Zachariae Isstrom glacier began to recede three times faster from 2012, with its retreat speeding up by 125 metres per year every year until the most recent measurements in 2015. From 2002 to 2014, the area of the glacier's floating shelf shrank by a massive 95%.
Improving Family Planning uptake in Ghana Between 1988 and 2014, the use of modern methods of contraception almost doubled from 13 per cent to 22 per cent. 30 per cent of married women in Ghana have an unmet need for family planning.
Donor Government Assistance for Family Planning in 2014 In 2014, donor governments provided US$1.4 billion for bilateral family planning programs, representing a 9% increase (+US$120.5 million) compared to 2013 (US$1.3 billion).
At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Resorted to Inducing Their Own Abortions The report estimates that 100,000 to 240,000 Texas women have tried to end a pregnancy on their own. Overall, 22 percent of women had either self-induced an abortion or said they knew someone who had.
Time to Drop Double Standard Over Abortion Legislatures in a number of states have passed laws that impose overly restrictive regulations on abortion providers. The American Medical Association, American Public Health Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all are on record opposing these restrictions as medically unnecessary and, in fact, harmful to women's health.
The Renewable Energy Era Has Already Started In 2011, 70 percent of new power capacity added in Europe was renewable. Renewable energy investment in developing countries in 2014 was up 36 percent from 2013 . The impacts of climate change are likely to result in huge economic, social, and environmental damage in six South Asian countries with 1.46 billion people. Only seven % of fuel subsidies in poor countries go to the bottom 20 percent of households while 43 percent end up in the hands of the richest 20 percent.
Republicans Beginning to Clue in on Medicaid Repeal Being a Really Bad Idea "I am very concerned about the 160,000 people who had Medicaid expansion in my state. I have difficulty with that being included," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia
Empowering Women and Girls Through Family Planning: a Promise Worth Keeping The Family Planning 2020 global movement seeks to ensure an additional 120 million women and girls who wish to take charge of their fertility, can use modern contraception by 2020. An unprecedented 290.6 million women and girls are now using modern contraception in the initiative's 69 focus countries, an increase of 24.4 million from 2012. The 24.4 million more women and girls using lifesaving contraception is 10 million fewer than we had hoped to reach by this time.
Unprecedented Number of Women, Girls Using Modern Contraceptives in World's Poorest Countries More women and girls than ever who want to avoid or delay a pregnancy -290.6 million-are voluntarily using modern contraceptives in the world's poorest countries. The additional 24.4 million women using effective contraceptives, in the past year alone, have averted 80 million unintended pregnancies, 26.8 million unsafe abortions and 111,000 maternal deaths. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to increase its commitment to family planning by 25 percent over the next three years.
Carbon Conundrum Retirements of U.S. Nuclea... After the twin reactors at San Onofre shut down, San Diego County turned to fossil fuel power plants to meet more than 70 percent of its power needs in 2013. The state of Vermont lost more than 70 percent of in-state power production as Entergy shut down its reactor there last December. California has one functioning nuclear plant, the Diablo Canyon facility near San Luis Obispo on California's central coast, that meets about 9 percent of the state's electricity demands.
Why I Provide Abortions Last year, it took a court ruling to prevent the closure of the last Mississippi abortion clinic. In some areas of Mississippi, the rate of death for black pregnant women mirrors that of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 97 % of obstetrician/gynecologists nationwide had encountered a patient seeking abortion care, but only 14 % of them provided this service.
More Babies in the U.S. Are Dying Because of Congenital Syphilis Of the 458 babies born last year with syphilis, 33 were stillborn or died shortly after birth. From 2012 to 2014, there's been a 38 percent increase in cases of congenital syphilis in the U.S.. 57 percent of children with congenital syphilis were born to African-American women.
Islamic extremism feeds on population growth that has produced populations five to six times the level in 1950. A study by the Pew Research Center found that Muslims already totaled some 1.6 billion people in 2010- this made them the world's second largest religion and some 23% of the world's population. The number of Muslims would grow by 73% by 2050, rising from 1.6 billion to 2.8 billion.
El Niño Does Something It's Never Done Before. Watch Out, California. Last week equatorial Pacific water temperatures averaged 3 degrees Celsius above normal for the first time ever in the key Niño 3.4 region. This winter, California can expect heavy rains, floods and mudslides, but snow levels (elevation of rain snow line, not amounts) will be high because moisture flows from the tropics in an El Niño winter are warm and wet. 2015 is already crushing records as the warmest year on record but 2016 may be even warmer.
Texas Women Are Inducing Their Own Abortions Between 100,000 and 240,000 Texas women between the ages of 18 and 49 have tried to end a pregnancy by themselves. The Supreme court will decide the constitutionality of a 2013 law requiring the state's abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and for their doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Texas now has just 17 abortion clinics, compared to 41 in 2012, and almost all the remaining clinics are in major cities.
Footprint Calculator Graphic How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. Select your location on the map below to start taking the Footprint Calculator Quiz. We recommend using a computer or laptop because the calculator requires Flash animation that is unavailable on some tablets and...
Tanzania is Trying to Turn the Charcoal Trade From An Enemy to a Friend of the Forest About 95 percent of urban households in Tanzania use Charcoal as their primary fuel. More than 70 percent (of the trade) is illegal. In Kilosa, about a square mile of forest is now reserved for charcoal production.
Finding the Path: Increasing Contraceptive Choice in Africa's Most Populous Countries In sub-Saharan Africa, 183,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes. Contraceptive use in Ethiopia has increased from 8 percent to 42 percent over the past decade. The United Nations projects Nigeria's 182 million people will likely swell to almost 400 million in 2050.
It's Not Just Texas: Abortion Clinics Are Rapidly Closing in Liberal States, Too Twenty-four hours before their appointment, Pennsylvania requires women to listen to information aimed at changing their minds. For every three clinics that closed in a red state in the past few years, two clinics closed in a more liberal state. Planned Parenthood facilities provide only about one-third of abortions performed in the US every year.
This Goper Wants to Sabotage a Missouri Student's Dissertation Because It's About Abortion Ruhr is using Planned Parenthood data to analyze the effects of the law on women's decision making. Missouri is one of a handful of states that require women wait 72 hours. Without admitting privileges for that center, Missouri will be left with only one abortion clinic, in St. Louis, 125 miles from the university.
The Nicaraguan Teen Teaching Young Girls Their Reproductive Rights "Right now, Nicaragua is a battlefield for women's and human rights in Latin America." In October 2006, the Nicaraguan government banned abortion in all circumstances, even if the woman or girl is the victim of rape or if her life is endangered. 6,069 cases of sexual violence were recorded in 2013, with young girls making up 88 percent of victims. Nicaragua has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Latin America: 28 percent of Nicaraguan girls give birth before the age of 18.
Carbon Emissions Fall in 11 of G20 Members, in Turning Point 15 of the G20 members has seen strong growth in renewable energy in recent years. Over the past quarter century, G20 carbon dioxide emissions had risen by almost 50 percent while per capita emissions had gained by about 18 percent. Overall G20 greenhouse gas emissions averaged 11 tonnes per person per year, against what the report said was a goal of one to three tonnes by 2050 to get warming under control.
Scientists Find a Toxic Threat Lurking Under the Melting Arctic Arctic permafrost contained high levels of the bacteria that transform inorganic mercury into hazardous methyl mercury. Fish and marine mammals accumulate toxic mercury in their tissues as they consume contaminated animals or plants. In 2014, Scientists reported high levels of mercury among residents of two coastal communities in Greenland.
Maasai Cricket Warriors Determined to Hit Female Genital Mutilation for Six Maasai culture dictates that girls should be cut before they are married, even though FGM has been banned in Kenya for years.
Amartya Sen: Women's Progress Outdid China's One-child Policy The one-child policy was introduced in 1978, but the fertility rate had already been falling from an average of 5.87 births per woman in 1968 to 2.98 in 1978. Despite China's extraordinary social and economic success, it has one of the worst records in the world in the selective abortion of female fetuses.
Progress, Poverty and Population: Re-Reading Condorcet, Godwin and Malthus It used to be said that "history is past politics." Today it is more often the case that history is present politics--with unfortunate consequences for both history and politics. Progress, Poverty and Population by John Avery recounts the debate between Condorcet and Godwin on the one hand and Malthus on the other--between the glorious vision of infinite progress and perfectibility and the grim specter of overpopulation and poverty. But this is ...
Of Population and False Hopes: Malthus and His Legacy Malthus is concerned to show that a utopia in which all the members of society live in comfort, with equal access to the necessities of life, simply cannot exist -because it would violate the laws of nature.
Pelosi Picks Abortion-rights Supporters to Join Special Committee Investigating Planned Parenthood The subcommittee will be allowed to probe, among other topics, federal funding for health care providers who also provide abortion services and providers' practices for abortions later in pregnancy.
What It Will Take to Fix America's Crumbling Infrastructure Delayed or cancelled flights cost the U.S. economy an estimated $30-40 billion per year. The average American wastes 38 hours a year stuck in traffic, which amounts to 5.5 billion hours in lost U.S. productivity annually, 2.9 gallons of wasted fuel, and a public health cost of pollution of about $15 billion per year, Federal funding for highways, with a portion for mass transit, is about to run out.
The Stealth Attack on Abortion Access Since July, legislators in at least 11 states have proposed bills designed to restrict Planned Parenthood from providing health care to low-income women. The Hyde Amendment, which bars Medicaid from covering most abortions. Nationwide, there are more than 3,000 anti-choice centers advertising free services, like options counseling, pregnancy tests and ultrasounds- They now outnumber abortion clinics by at least three to one.
Texas Petition-- Population Matters The Texas the House Appropriations Committee approved $461 million for family planning and reproductive health program, a cut of $150 million from last year's funding level.
New Evidence on Child Marriage Causes and Solutions Disturbingly high rates of child marriage, particularly of girls, prevail in rural areas of Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Indonesia. In Bangladesh,73% of females surveyed get married before they turned 18 years old and 27% of girls were married between the ages of 12 and 14.
Activists Unite to Remember Rosie and Make Hyde History Passed in 1976 (and every year subsequent), the Hyde Amendment denies public insurance coverage for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother's health. The EACH Woman Act would lift the bans that deny abortion coverage to low-income women. One in seven women aged 19-64 who are enrolled in Medicaid as well as millions more people whose health insurance is provided by the federal government are denied abortion coverage.
Celebrate Solutions: Social Franchising Clinics in Vietnam Roughly 70% of people live in the countryside and receive their care from government-run commune health stations or must visit private clinics and pharmacists at high out-of-pocket cost. To better provide services to underserved populations, BlueStar networks have expanded to 586 rural clinics as well as 195 in more urban settings and rolled out a voucher program. Since 2010, Marie Stopes International, AusAID, and International Planned Parenthood Federation have provided family planning voucher packages to 63,910 low-income women.
August 12 - International Youth Day
August 13 - Earth Overshoot Day - (2015) the day when humanity has consumed all the resources the planet will produce this year (advances every year)
September 4 - World Sexual Health Day
September 26 - World Day for Universal Access to Contraceptives
September 28 - Day of Action to Decriminalise Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean
October 11 - International Day of the Girl
October 16 - World Food Day
October 17 - International Day for Eradication of Poverty
October 17-23 - World Population Awareness Week
November 19 - World Vasectomy Day
November 29 - Women's Human Rights Defenders Day
November 30 -South Asian Women's Day for Human Rights