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Editor's Note, June 2020

June 1, 2020 | Articles

All any of us are reading or talking about these days is the novel coronavirus wreaking havoc across the globe. The Democratic Primary? Harry and Meghan ditching their royal crowns and leaving England? Those stories have been replaced with articles about unemployment benefits, DIY protective masks, and how ineffectively we’ve…...

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PopEd: In-Home Edition

June 1, 2020 | Articles

Social Distancing Not Stopping Our Work With Teachers In a typical spring, PopEd staff would be crisscrossing the country, facilitating workshops with current and future teachers on campuses, in K-12 schools, and at conference centers. In mid-March, these plans, along with everyone else’s plans everywhere, came to a screeching halt.…...

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We’ve Taken Our Fight Online!

June 1, 2020 | Articles

Just weeks before our annual Capitol Hill Days conference, the first cases of COVID-19 began to present in the United States. In a matter of days, those few cases turned into hundreds, and then thousands, throughout the country. In the face of the rapidly spreading virus, we made the necessary…...

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Anti-Choice Legislators Across the Country Use Covid-19 Crisis to Attack Abortion Access

June 1, 2020 | Articles

You might think that in the midst of a terrifying worldwide pandemic and resulting global economic meltdown politicians would be too busy to meddle with abortion rights. You would be wrong. All across the country, as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life and pushed millions of people…...

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What 11 Billion People Mean for Disease Outbreaks

June 1, 2020 | Articles

Originally published by LiveScience on November 25, 2013 In mid-April 2009, samples from two California children suffering from the flu arrived at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further investigation; something didn’t seem normal about the particular flu strains they had. Local clinics and flu surveillance…...

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Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again.

June 1, 2020 | Articles

Originally published by The Nation on February 18, 2020 Scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere—with human assaults on the environment. It could have been a pangolin. Or a bat. Or, as one now-debunked theory that made the rounds…...

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Destruction of Habitat and Loss of Biodiversity Are Creating the Perfect Conditions for Diseases Like Covid-19 to Emerge

June 1, 2020 | Articles

Originally published by Ensia on March 17, 2020 As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics. Mayibout 2 is not a healthy place. The 150 or so people who live in the village, which sits on the south bank…...

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Volunteer Appreciation

June 1, 2020 | Articles

Middy Streeter & Paula Grande Middy Streeter & Paula Grande World travelers and Population Connection members since the ’90s, Middy and Paula love volunteering at events like Earth Day, where they get an opportunity to talk to the public about human impacts on our environment. Here’s what they said about…...

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The Nepali Women Who Deliver Birth Control by Hiking

March 2, 2020 | Articles

Originally published by Outside magazine One morning last winter in a village in Baitadi, a district in far-west Nepal, Kabita Bhandari sat down with a group of women to dispel local rumors about long-term contraceptives. Bhandari is 22 years old, an auxiliary nurse, a mother of a two-year-old girl, and…...

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Nepal, Gagged

March 2, 2020 | Articles

Today is my last day. Closing. Phase out,” Babita Bist says, with a bubbly Nepali accent. She’s wearing a loose ponytail and street clothes—no lab coat to indicate her nursing credentials. It’s late October 2018, and all things reproductive health in Nepal are changing. Due to the funding cuts that…...

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