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Fragile States/Fragile Families

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

Behind every country that erupts into civil war, falls victim to famine or flubs in respond to a natural disaster is a government that has failed to protect its citizens.

Millennials Are Suburbanizing, While Big Cities Are Having a Baby Boom

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Between 2012 and 2013, population growth for 20-34 year-olds was highest in Colorado Springs and San Antonio, while Austin and Raleigh were tops for 5...

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

A Five Point Approach to Fix Social Security: What Everyone Needs to Know

Dominik Knoll | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

It's no secret that Congress has not been solving many problems lately - and its popularity reflects this. Some of the issues the country faces are co...

House GOP Sounds Off With Still More Disagreeable Dissonance

John Seager | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
John Seager

Why do Republicans in the House play the same old song every year when sitting down to decide the fate of millions of women worldwide? Every year they trot out their mean-spirited, anti-woman agenda aimed at cutting funds for reproductive health.

It's 5 Minutes to Everything! Why I Love the Country Life

Candace Davis | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Candace Davis

I recently moved from one country town to another and I'm happy as a pig in a peach orchard. But when people discover that I actually chose to move here they can't seem to fathom why. Have we lost that sense of pride in being closer to the land, or do we no longer realize how good we've got it?

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Mother (From Someone Who Doesn't Really Know)

Candace Davis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Candace Davis

And so, on my quiet Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I started questioning whether someone will ever utter the words "Happy Mother's Day" to me... Being the list maker that I am, I opted for some pros and cons.

The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Wade's approach to race is particularly dangerous because his argument is that he is just a defender of scientific truth and that a cabal of left-leaning academics is obfuscating reality with oppressive, even fascistic, denials of the truth about race. Unfortunately, he is either ignorant of the actual data and diversity of research or he is willfully avoiding them.

The Declaration of Ignorance?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The history of scientists, climate scientists in particular, is a history of repeated usurpations of popular opinion, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over our uninformed views. To prove this, let the facts, as we choose to construe them, be submitted to the world.

60 Seconds to Save the Planet

John Seager | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
John Seager

Last week's findings from the U.S. National Climate Assessment offers us a grim look into the future. The report explored how the effects of climate c...

Climate Change Superheroes: Divesting Coal in India, and Saving Forests

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The recent 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony had its share of celebrities that night. Robert Kennedy Jr. exuded a fiery eloquence worthy of his family's political forebears as he equated large scale environmental destruction to the large scale subversion of democracy.

The Vatican, Birth Control, and Galileo's Ghost

Robert Walker | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

If the Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, takes the view that we are stewards of God's earth and that we have a responsibility to maintain this planet for future generations, it is not a big leap to conclude that couples should consider having smaller families.

Food (For Thought) on Earth Day

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My point today, on Earth Day, is that it doesn't matter if meat-based eating is good or even best for human health. It doesn't work in modern context. We can't have our population in excess of 7 billion, and eat our daily side of beef, too.

If Food Could Fly

Robert Walker | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

Until the food challenge is squarely met, prudence dictates that we should be expanding domestic and international support for voluntary family planning, and in the developing world we should be promoting smaller, healthier families by educating girls, empowering women, and eliminating child marriage.

Earth Day: Now With 95 Percent More People!

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

Unfortunately, among all those Earth Day sales for yard accessories, eco-friendly t-shirts and other mass-produced "green" products, you won't find a single spare Earth on clearance.

Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...

Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom

Robert Walker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

So long as a woman's reproductive freedom is constrained by her husband's opposition, religious prohibitions, or misinformation, she will not be fully capable of exercising that freedom.

People, Investment Continue to Flow to Core Cities Faster Than to Suburbs

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.

Asking Home Prices in Urban Neighborhoods Rising Faster Than in Suburbs

Jed Kolko | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

From some angles, it looks like the housing recovery has brought an urban resurgence: for instance, the most urban counties are growing faster now tha...

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

What is population and development about if NOT about human rights and youth?

Why Population Dynamics Matter

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

At the end of the day, these population dynamics and their consequences impact everyone. But humanists are natural leaders in the effort because humanists understand that this is the only life we'll have.

Climate Change: The Least We Can Do

Robert Walker | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Nearly 40 percent of all pregnancies in the world are unwanted or unintended, and preventing them would make a valuable contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Heat Is On!

Anita Verma | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Anita Verma

People have probably heard more than enough about global warming -- whether it exists or doesn't -- but judging by the severity of storms over the past four months, no one can deny that 'something' is going on.

Pope Francis and the Great Catholic Divide

Robert Walker | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Robert Walker

As confirmed by a recent international poll of 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries, many Catholics do not embrace the church's teachings on family planning. Many, in fact, hope that Pope Francis will relax, if not reverse, the church's longstanding opposition to the use of modern contraceptives.

Watch Detroit's Population Disappear In 4 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

A new GIF shows just how far the Motor City has fallen since 1970. And its population had already started to drop twenty years before that. As ...