So Over Population [Part I and II]

Outside/In Radio, October 11, 2018 Overpopulation was one of the biggest environmental issues of the 60s and 70s, arguably bigger than saving the whales, planting trees, and acid rain. But then… it seemed to disappear from the conversation. That is until the release of the movie Avengers: Infinity War where the ultimate bad guy Thanos is motivated by one concern: overpopulation. Today, we’re talking about population. How it went from being on the front pages of our newspapers and all over ...
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U.S. Birth Rates Are at a 30-Year Low, Despite Economic Growth

By MIKE STOBBE / AP May 17, 2018 (NEW YORK) — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns. The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99% of the birth certificates filed nationwide, co...
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U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American women continue to wait longer to have children. Birth rates fell for nearly all age groups of women younger than 40 in 2017, sending overall fertility rates to a record low, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The only age group that saw a rise in birth rates: Women in their early 40s. "This is the third year that the [overall] number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, and the lowest number of births in 30 years," s...
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Paul Ehrlich: ‘Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades’

The Guardian By Damian Carrington Thu 22 Mar 2018 07.30 EDT Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and over consumption are driving us over the edge. A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth, according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich. In May, it will be 50 years since ...
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Hormonal Male Contraceptive to Enter Clinical Trial

By Jef Akst | The Scientist | December 21, 2017 The gel, which men rub on their upper bodies daily, delivers synthetic progestin to block the testes from producing normal levels of sperm. A team led by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) plans to start a clinical trial of a male contraceptive gel next April, MIT Technology Review reports. The quick-drying, hormonal gel is rubbed on the upper arms and shoulders daily and can suppress sperm lev...
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I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com | 2017 Vox Media, Inc. | Sep 26, 2017, 9:20am EDT I did an event with environmental journalist (and personal hero) Elizabeth Kolbert late last week, in which we discussed various matters related to journalism and climate change. Subsequently, one of the attendees wrote and asked why I hadn’t talked about population. Isn’t overpopulation the real root of our environmental ills? Anyone who’s ever given a talk on an environmental subject knows that the popu...
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World Vasectomy Day – November 17, 2017

In the midst of earthquakes, scandals, and politics, World Vasectomy Day sets a new precedent for masculinity Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Alison Hoover, ahoover@worldvasectomyday.org Mexico City, Mexico, November 11, 2017: In the midst of political tension, a year of striking sexual abuse revelations in male-dominated industries and a catastrophic natural disaster, the fifth anniversary of World Vasectomy Day - the largest male-focused family planning event in his...
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Trump, Niger and Connecting the Dots

Thomas L. Friedman New York Times OCT. 31, 2017 Refugees waiting for aid in Diffa, Niger, last year. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times It is easy to ignore the recent story of four U.S. servicemen killed in Niger, the giant state in central Africa, because the place is so remote and the circumstances still so murky. That would be a mistake. Niger highlights a much larger problem — just how foolish, how flat-out dumb President Trump is behaving. Trump is a person who doesn’t conn...
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Links to other Organizations

Family Planning 2020 is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how to have children. Planned Parenthood Pathfinder International, based in Massachusetts, supports sexual and reproductive health throughout the world. UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability PopOffsets, started by the British organization Population Matters, helps individuals and organizations to offset their...
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