Population Media Center’s Weekly News

Population Media Center’s Weekly News

A weekly update from Population Media Center with current population news from around the world.


May 10, 2018

The article below was published by the University of Michigan’s newsroom, and gives subjective background to a new study published in the journal “Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine.” The story is largely seen through the eyes of Ruth Zielinski, a Michigan associate professor of nursing — and the subject matter is reproductive health and family planning in South Sudan.

Unsurprisingly, the story identifies numerous cultural and social obstacles to the uptake of modern contraception. For example, the populace of South Sudan told the researchers that “only ‘loose women’ used birth control and that contraceptives would decrease the population.” It is also worth noting that many of Sudan’s women cannot read. Interestingly, Zielinski also has come to believe that “Family planning must be incorporated in with the bigger picture, which is education around pregnancy and birth and infant care… You can’t just go in there and start talking about family planning and contraceptives.”

Other interesting news-items this week include “Lessons from Japan for Imagining Sustainable De-growth,” “Extinction vs. Collapse: Does it matter?” and “Goat cream: The only contraceptive we know.” Don’t forget to click through and browse the full Weekly Digest.

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May 4, 2018

There were two main story-lines this week in the population news flow: population-denying press outlets took the opportunity to criticize the “Population Bomb” on its 50th anniversary — and, population-denying press outlets threw a collective hissy-fit over the plot of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

You may be interested in an interview with Paul Ehrlich, accessed here. Produced by Climate One, the talk is framed as follows: “But while not all of the Ehrlich’s dire predictions have come to pass, the world’s population has doubled since then, to over seven billion, straining the planet’s resources and heating up our climate. Can the earth continue to support an ever-increasing number of humans?”

Meanwhile, in the article below, we get a first had account of the impacts of the Global Gag Rule, as told by Melvine Ouyo, a reproductive health nurse at Family Health Options Kenya. Ms. Ouyo recently visited Washington, D.C., to discuss how her clinic has lost funding because it would not agree to the terms of President Trump’s executive order banning U.S. aid to any health organization in another country that provides, advocates or makes referrals for abortions. Don’t forget to click through and browse the full Weekly Digest.

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April 26, 2018

“There were numerous interesting articles this week, which you can access by clicking through to the full Weekly Digest. Below, I have featured an article that revisits the important question of what constitutes an optimal human population size for the planet. Other strong contenders this week were a cutting critique of the current U.S. administration; a Guardian population article with over 800 comments; and a report on the former President of Ghana stating that the greatest threat to Africa’s peace and security is the rapid rate of population growth.”

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