FPESA Research Paper Assessment: “Carbon Legacies” and the Link Between Childbearing and Climate Change

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[columns] [span8] Project Director’s note: On August 18, National Public Radio ran a segment on the efforts of bioethical philosopher Travis Rieder to justify the concept of “population engineering” to head off catastrophic climate change. Rieder and two co-authors of … Continued

FPESA Research Paper Assessment: Land Scarcity in Africa May Raise Unmet Demand for Family Planning

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[columns] [span8] Derek D. Headey and T.S. Jayne, “Adaptation to Land Constraints: Is Africa Different?” Food Policy, vol. 48 (October 2014), pp. 18–33, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2014.05.005. An empirical examination of how rural African households respond to constraints on cropland found that rural … Continued

FPESA Research Paper Assessment: Population Growth May Not Drive Deforestation in Eastern Ecuador, Yet Still Be Unsustainable

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[columns] [span8] Anders Henrik Sirén, “Population Growth and Land Use Intensification in a Subsistence-based Indigenous Community in the Amazon,” Human Ecology, vol. 35, no. 6 (December 2007), pp. 669–80, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-006-9089-y. This paper was collaboratively assessed. Population growth in Sarayaku, a … Continued

FPESA Research Paper Assessment: The Pill May Reduce Estrogen Pollution

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[columns] [span8] Usman Khan and Jim A. Nicell, “Contraceptive Options and Their Associated Estrogenic Environmental Loads: Relationships and Trade-Offs,” PLoS ONE, vol. 9, no. 3 (March 2014), e-page: e92630. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092630. URL (full paper): www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0092630&representation=PDF. This paper was collaboratively assessed. … Continued

FPESA Research Paper Assessment: Slower Population Growth, Lower Emissions

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[columns] [span8] Global Demographic Trends and Future Carbon Emissions Brian C. O’Neill et al., “Global Demographic Trends and Future Carbon Emissions,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 107, no. 41 (12 October 2010), pp. 17521–17526. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1004581107. URL … Continued

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

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[columns] [span8] 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. … Continued

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

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[columns] [span8] 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 … Continued

Researching the Connections: Challenges and Opportunities

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[columns] [span8] The Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project has undertaken an important and challenging agenda, one with tremendous implications for the well-being of human populations and the planet. The project’s finding that there is little scholarship directly … Continued

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