Upzoning: No Magic Fix to Affordable Housing Woes

August 30, 2022 | Post

I live in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Population: 9,120.  Our town is bisected by the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek, alongside which you’ll find a Dairy Queen and our new amphitheater, where free concerts are held throughout the summer. Thanks to foresight and good fortune, our community has wonderful…...

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Can we rewild the American West?

August 29, 2022 | Post

Rewilding, which involves removing human disturbances from areas and restoring their natural ecosystems, is gaining recognition as a key solution to our interlinked environmental crises. An ambitious new proposal by a team of scientists from several universities aims to rewild large parts of the American West to protect endangered species…...

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Celebrities speak out on population: Our favorite moments

August 19, 2022 | Post

Comedian Bill Maher recently dedicated a whole eight and a half minutes of his Real Time show on HBO to reminding people that further population growth “is not good news.” He’s not the first celebrity to help raise awareness of the issue—we’ve compiled some of the best quotes below. Bill…...

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Population Connections on an Average News Day

August 9, 2022 | Post

Pigeon rage. Alas, that’s not the punchline to a silly story about avian antics. Rather, it refers to North Carolina’s Pigeon River, which “rose and raged and destroyed nearly everything in its path” a year ago, leaving communities deeply scarred to this day. It was featured in an August 4,…...

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What’s the Hold-up on Male Contraception?

August 8, 2022 | Post

There are many female contraceptives to choose from, yet only two male options: condoms and vasectomy. Expanding male contraception methods could help reduce unintended pregnancies, which still account for almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. and globally. So why are we still waiting for a male pill?1 With…...

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Earth Overshoot: How can we achieve true sustainability?

July 25, 2022 | Post

July 28, 2022, is Earth Overshoot Day, the day on which we’ve exceeded our planet’s resource budget for the entire year. With our planetary overshoot getting progressively worse since Earth Overshoot Day first began more than 50 years ago, we’re running out of time to avert irreversible environmental damage and…...

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Population growth and climate change threaten African nature

July 21, 2022 | Post

A new study shows that the combination of human population growth and climate change will likely lead to significant habitat loss in Africa’s protected areas, underlining the importance of ramping up efforts to cut emissions and improve accessibility of family planning. The neglected crisis The biodiversity loss crisis receives very…...

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8 Billion Reasons to Commemorate This Year's World Population Day

July 11, 2022 | Post

July 11th is World Population Day, which seeks to “focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.” World Population Day was conceived by the United Nations and first observed on July 11, 1990. According to the UN, our global population is expected to reach a major milestone this…...

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8 Billion and Growing: World Population Milestones Throughout History

July 6, 2022 | Post

We will become a world of 8 billion in 2022. After passing the 7 billion milestone in 2010, it has only taken 12 years to add the latest billion. When Did the World Population Reach 1 Billion? Until the Industrial Revolution began, birth rates and death rates were both very…...

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Unintended pregnancy and unmet need for family planning: What do these terms really describe?

June 30, 2022 | Post

Supporters of reproductive health and rights, including us at Population Connection, often highlight the persistently high rates of unintended pregnancy and unmet need for family planning around the world, but these terms are often misunderstood. Let’s dig in to their true meanings. Unmet need for family planning Many assume that…...

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