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Want Change? Invest Money

Leila Pakkala | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Leila Pakkala

A growing body of evidence suggests that social protection measures -- with cash grants leading the way -- are, in fact, an innovative, efficient way of reducing poverty. Are they the most effective? Perhaps. What's certainly clear is that, far from being a cost, they have become an investment.

Reimagine the Future: The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

Katja Iversen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

Wannabe Demographers?

Diane Tobin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

Shalva Weil's characterization of "wannbe" Jews is itself derogatory and dismissive. Those exploring their heritage or seeking to convert to Judaism should according to our tradition be treated with respect, even if they do not choose to complete their journey.

The Population Wake-Up Call

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

A recently published study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reads like a grim Choose Your Own Adventure tale of global population dynamics. What if the next pandemic wiped out 2 billion people?

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Americans Think The Country's Muslim Population Is Much Bigger Than It Really Is

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

This type of ignorance isn’t bliss. Americans have a tendency to overstate the number of Muslims living in the United States -- and at least 13 ...

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Do Not Underestimate Family Planning

Robert Walker | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

The authors argue that reducing projected population growth rates, by itself, would not have an immediate impact on environmental threats like climate change. In a broad sense that's true, but it is sort of like saying that "Reducing fossil fuel emissions is not a quick fix for climate change."

Zombies in the Mirror: The Scary Truth About Where We're Headed

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

With all the news about population, extinction and climate change, it can feel pretty apocalyptic out there. But we can still choose not to be zombies.

Mulling the Motherhood Mandate

Robert Walker | Posted 10.24.2014 | Books
Robert Walker

Given the enormous personal stakes in childbearing, it is surprising that more women have not written a book about the pros and cons that go into making childbearing decisions.

Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

Global Study: Low Birth Rates Can Bring Surprising Economic Benefits

East-West Center | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science
East-West Center

While low fertility rates and aging populations can challenge government social safety nets, a new global study published in Science suggests that mod...

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

Robert Walker | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The immediate task before us is the containment of the Ebola outbreak. For the moment, little else matters. But we still must confront the larger challenge. We must make the repair of public health systems in developing countries a global priority.

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

Our Planet Is Changing -- So Must Our Global Food System

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

In the face of climate change, our basic food systems have to be reimagined so that the world is producing nutritious food in a more sustainable way that increases livelihoods.

Contraception: Saving Lives... and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The obvious reason for celebrating modern contraceptives is that they allow us to have children by choice, rather than by chance. They minimize, in other words, the chances of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy.

Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Even if population growth had no impact on the level of greenhouse gas emissions, the case for incorporating family planning into climate change discussions would still be compelling. That's because preventing unintended pregnancies helps women and families adapt to climate change.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Would fewer governments in Illinois equal a more balanced budget?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois has the lowest credit rating in the country, a budget that needs balancing and pensions that are millions of dollars underfunded. Illinois al...

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time! Here's my graphic line of connecting dots: 1. Almost all scienti...

Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...