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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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Supreme Court Issues Dystopian Decision, Reversing Roe

June 24, 2022 | Post

We knew this day would come. Anti-abortion forces have been laying the groundwork for years to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed abortion rights (if not actual access) to all Americans. That the Supreme Court would strip millions of Americans of their reproductive freedom is…...

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What Population Growth and the 'Megadrought' Mean for U.S. Water Supplies

June 17, 2022 | Post

Water is an essential resource for all life on Earth, yet our rapidly growing population, combined with worsening climate change, is threatening fresh water supplies. While water scarcity is hitting the world’s most vulnerable communities the hardest, wealthy countries are not spared. On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought,…...

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Re: The People Who Hate People

June 8, 2022 | Post

We were dismayed at Jerusalem Demsas’ op-ed "The People Who Hate People," published in The Atlantic last month. Not only does it contain misinformation and reinforce harmful myths about people who are concerned about population growth, it also makes unjustified accusations against Zero Population Growth, Population Connection's founding name. We…...

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