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Commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day with Dr. Kyle Whyte

October 12, 2021 | Post

Indigenous populations have consistently acted as some of the most important and effective stewards of American lands. But long histories of exclusion, marginalization, colonization, relocation, and capitalist expansion have left Indigenous people some of the most climate vulnerable populations today. According to Dr. Kyle Whyte, a professor at University of…...

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2021 Summer of HER

September 13, 2021 | Post

Our volunteers and activists have been working hard to #Fight4HER all summer. The fight to ensure reproductive health and rights for everyone, everywhere, is as crucial as ever, especially now that we have a supportive White House and majority in Congress. The Biden-Harris administration marks a distinct shift in the…...

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Draconian Texas Abortion Ban Went Into Effect Today

September 1, 2021 | Post

Today is a dark day for reproductive freedom in Texas. On May 19, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 8 — the "Texas Heartbeat Act" — into law. The bill bans abortion at six weeks, as soon as fetal cardiac activity is detectable, which is before many people even…...

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We’re All in the Storm, but We’re Not in the Same Boat: U.S. Climate Gap Widens as Population Grows

August 31, 2021 | Post

Climate change is creating water crises at both ends of the spectrum in the United States, from extreme drought to extreme flooding. Lake Mead, the largest national reservoir in terms of water capacity, currently sits 200 feet below its usual water level. When the lake falls by about 35 more…...

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The Criminalization of Abortion in Ecuador

August 11, 2021 | Post

Earlier this year, Ecuador’s high court finally decriminalized abortion in the case of pregnancy due to rape. Still, outside of the narrow exceptions (rape, as mentioned, and threat to the life of the pregnant person), abortion is illegal and can result in severe penalties. For instance, those receiving an abortion…...

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A Retrospective on Wildfire Regimes, Human Activities, and Population

August 5, 2021 | Post

I had never heard of a “fire season” before coming to Northern California. I grew up in Massachusetts, and my initial understanding of the Golden State’s weather patterns was similar to that of the popular Mark Twain quote: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”…...

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Deforestation and fossil fuel consumption drive climate change

July 28, 2021 | Post

Forests cover around 30% of our planet—and if you’re reading this post, you yourself might live close enough to wooded areas to take them for granted. However, as with many of our natural resources, the future of our forests is in peril. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of…...

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Water Scarcity Halts Development in Utah, Nation's Fastest Growing State

July 22, 2021 | Post

I read this article about drought in Utah from my home office in Maine during a thunderstorm so severe it sent my dog under the bed in hiding. I had just finished grumbling to my husband about having watered the garden that morning, since the forecast only showed a 50%…...

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All Means SRHR for People with Disabilities, Too

July 12, 2021 | Post

Happy Disability Pride Month! Globally, about 15%, or one billion people, experience some form of disability. Eighty percent of people with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries, and 20% of the poorest people living in these countries have a disability. This month, we’re celebrating uniqueness and diversity in their…...

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Pandemic-Era Pregnancy Prevention

July 8, 2021 | Post

In a country where the majority of health care coverage is tied to people's employment, job losses due to Covid-19—which have predominantly impacted women and their families—have disrupted access to reproductive health care. According to the Center for American Progress, during the first ten months of the pandemic-induced recession, women—overwhelmingly…...

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