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Women’s Empowerment and the Environment: What Does Science Say?

“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves, standin’ on their own two feet and ringin’ on their own bells,” sang Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox in a 1985 hit song. On International Women’s Day 2016 today (March 8), is it fair to ask whether sisters also are doing it for the earth? Or, put … Continue Reading ››

A Word on Our Sponsor: Shared Values on Family Planning, Population, and Environment

Over the coming weeks, the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project will be providing advance peeks at peer-reviewed scientific papers from the last decade that offer evidence on the link between family planning and environmental sustainability. We’ll include brief annotations, hyperlinks to the papers or their abstracts, and summaries of our … Continue Reading ››

“Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population

As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a global enterprise with broad implications. Hundreds of millions of people rely on reef fish for their primary source of animal protein.

Experts Reflect on the State and Future of Research on Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability

Logic and research suggest that growing populations tend to contribute to various environmental stresses. So, by extension, if wider use of family planning slows population growth, it should generally produce some benefits in slowing the pace of human-caused environmental change. Experts agreed, however, that this relationship is complex, under-researched, and not well or uniformly documented.