“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. Healthy reefs protect coastal communities from devastating storms and provide a multitude of livelihoods, including jobs in the fast-growing tourism industry. MBALE, UGANDA – JULY 21: Community health worker during a home visit, providing family planning services and options to women in the community. This proactive program is supported by Reproductive Health Uganda. July 21, 2014 in Mbale, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images).. To figure out why so many reef fish are in trouble, Mora plugged all of the possible factors into a massive data-driven analysis. One reason stood out from all the rest: the density of nearby human … Continue reading “Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population