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Of Rights and Resilience: Why Women’s Rights are Key to Thriving in the Age of the “Black Swan”

Black Swan events are proliferating for many reasons—notably climate change and the growing scale and interconnectedness of the human enterprise. World population doubled in the last half-century to just under seven billion people, so there are simply more people living in harm’s way, on geologic faults and along vulnerable coastlines. In effect, we have re-engineered the planet and ushered in a new era of radical instability. Advancing and securing women’s rights are a key aspect of the solution to these problems.

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New UN Population Report Reveals Planet Changing in More Ways Than One

The United Nations Population Division just released a new report on projections for world population growth, with somewhat surprising findings.

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“You Are A Man. Why Are You Interested in Family Planning?”

It happens frequently when I meet someone new.  We each say what work we do, and then he or she says, “You are a man.  Why are you interested in family planning?” 

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Women’s Equality and the Climate Change Challenge

On Women’s Equality Day we should consider the potential for jumpstarting climate negotiations and the green economy by strengthening women’s leadership in these areas.

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Center Starts New Fellows Program on Population, Climate and Women

The Center for Environment and Population (CEP) is announcing the launch of a new US and international fellowship program on “Population, Climate Change and the Environment” with a focus on women and girls empowerment and RH issues.

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Renewed Commitment to Reproductive Health Has Implications for Global Environment

Secretary Clinton made a commitment to women and girls’ health and progress worldwide, which in turn will contribute to tremendous gains on global environmental and climate sustainability.

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Five Days in Copenhagen: Perspectives on Demography and Climate Change

As pressure to address climate change increases, long-simmering debates on the connections between population and environment have been renewed, debates that implicate women’s rights. Kasey Rae Jacobs offers her perspective on her first 5 days in Copenhagen.

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The Climate Talks: Quotes From Women in Copenhagen

From impressions of Obama’s handling of climate change to effects on women worldwide, a roundup of quotes from key players in the debate.

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Family Planning: For Women or For Population Control?

Access to family planning methods would be a great boon to women in other countries. But should it be considered as a way to stop global climate change?

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Copenhagen: Is US Population and Consumption the Missing Piece?

Americans represent 5 percent of the global population, consume 25 percent of the world’s energy, and generate 5 times the world’s average per-capita of CO2 emissions.

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