It has been our practice to send to all members a news item, usually derived from weekly collections of such items issued by Population Media Center. We have now decided to make these available here on the website
The latest will be the top item. All items will have a short description and a link to take you to the original article.
20.9.20. As Global Population Grows, Ecological Threats and Armed Conflict Could Displace Over 1 Billion People by 2050. This article is from ‘Common Dreams’, and describes the risks of warfare as population rises
It is on tinyurl.com/y5e7lblp
20.4.20. The Earth is telling us we must rethink our Growth Society. This article tells of the inappropriate consequences of perpetual economic growth.
It is on tinyurl.com/tw32emo
15.1.20. Global consumer demands fuel the extinction crisis facing the world’s primates. This article in ‘Mongabay’ describing the threat to the world’s primates resulting from population and consumption levels. Mongabay is a non-profit provider of conservation and environmental science news.
It is on tinyurl.com/t4vd5gc
8.7.19. Global population of 8 billion and growing: we can’t go on like this’. This article describes the situation with particular reference to Africa, where population is expected to nearly quadruple by 2100.
It is on tinyurl.com/yxhc9tuo
12.6.19. How to avert looming tsunami of over-population. This article is from ‘Leadership’, a leading Nigerian paper.
It is on tinyurl.com/yxg23hv4
21.5.19. Attack on women’s rights in the US. This article from the Guardian concerns the suppression of women’s rights and their control over their own bodies in the US.
It is on tinyurl.com/y4fo2vr2
16.3.19. How women are saving the planet. This article is from the Environmental Magazine, and tells us exactly what its title promises. One point made is that as a result of teaching about contraception they can participate in family planning: developing regions save $2.20 on maternal healthcare for every $1 spent on contraceptive supplies.
It is on tinyurl.com/y4ua3t9s
9.2.19. Japan’s deputy PM blames women. This week’s article comes from the Guardian and is about the sensitivities around the declining level of fertility in Japan.
Japan’s gaffe-prone deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, has been forced to retract remarks that appeared to blame women who do not have children for problems associated with the country’s low birthrate and ageing population.
It is on tinyurl.com/y28ggo5q
27.1.19 ‘We have a population problem’. Excellent article in Santa Barbara Independent, ‘We have a population problem’. This is as good a piece of writing on the subject and effect on the world as I have seen.
It is on tinyurl.com/ybmb64pz
27.7 18. Population is sexy and serious. This is an article by Alisha Graves, who serves as President of Venture Strategies for Health and Development. Alisha is also a research fellow for Project Drawdown, analyzing the potential contribution of family planning for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Ms. Graves notes that it is possible to care about global population (i.e. human numbers) and sexual health and rights of individuals. Amazingly, this simple truth seems to befuddle millions of people from across the political spectrum, so it is always good to have it reiterated.
It is on https://tinyurl.com/y6vgmqrj
8.6.18. This week’s news item, from The Star, Kenya, is headed ‘Suffering in Silence: How Kenyan women live with profound Childbirth Injuries’. Sasha was 9 when she married: she was pregnant before she was 11, but at birth the head could not go through Sasha’s undeveloped birth canal. She was in labour six days, at the end of which the baby was born dead and already decaying. She was left traumatised and suffering from double obstetric vaginal fistula.
There are up to 100,000 new cases of this complaint each year, world wide: 3000 in Kenya, of which only 7.5% are treated.
It is on tinyurl.com/ybqjayfy