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: Fertility Decline Spurs Per Capita Consumption Increase

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[columns] [span8] Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, “Fertility, Human Capital, and Economic Growth over the Demographic Transition,” European Journal of Population, vol. 26, no. 2 (19 June 2010), pp. 159–82, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-009-9186-x. Fertility decline and accompanying population aging are unlikely to … 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

“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

High Rates of Unintended Pregnancy Even as Fertility Falls: Population, Contraception, and Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

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[columns] [span8] The population of Latin America and the Caribbean has nearly quadrupled since the mid-20th century, from 169 million in 1950 to 634 million in 2015, according to the United Nations Population Division. A key factor behind this sharp … Continued

Does Family Planning Actually Promote Environmental Sustainability? The Challenge of Isolating Causal Factors in Complex and Dynamic Systems

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[columns] [span8] As the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project illustrates, an abundance of peer-reviewed scientific literature addresses various potential connections between family planning, demographic change, and environmental sustainability. Although the project does not address how the research … Continued

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