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What Is The Demographic Dividend?

When someone uses the term “demographic dividend” or “demographic bonus,” they are referring to the phenomenon when a country experiences an economic boost that follows a decline in fertility. The premise is fairly simple: When a nation’s fertility rate rapidly declines following a period of high birth rates and rapid population growth, the community benefits […]

How Family Planning Can Help Save Our Oceans

June 12, 2015 People often joke that oceans are nature’s toilet, but this metaphor compares oceans to the wrong bathroom appliance. A more accurate comparison would call these large bodies of water sinks, due to their incredible ability to absorb one-third of all human carbon emissions. For tens of millions of years, the amount of carbon […]

Remembering the Most Vulnerable on World Population Day

July 10, 2015 Syrian Kurdish refugees arrive in Turkey. Photo by EC/ECHO.  The theme for this year’s World Population Day—Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies—could not be more relevant. A recent report from the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) found that worldwide displacement has reached an all-time high, with almost 60 million people forced to flee their homes due […]

The Most Populous Country on Earth with Not Enough People?

Tourists visit a street fair in Chengdu during National Day Week. Photo by Samuel Corwin. Living and studying abroad in Shanghai—one of the world’s most crowded cities—it shocks me that the Chinese government is worried about a lack of people. The metro is always packed with riders regardless of the time of day. And the […]

John Seager's fall speaking tour

September 3, 2015: Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina September 15, 2015: Salem State University, Massachusetts September 16, 2015: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, East Falmouth, Massachusetts September 21, 2015: University of North Carolina, Wilmington October 2, 2015: University of Massachusetts, Amherst October 4, 2015: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Pottstown, Pennsylvania October 7, 2015: University of Washington, Seattle October […]

Reproductive Freedom Empowers Women & Humanity

It’s that time of year again, when the world spends one whole day (theoretically, at least) celebrating the triumphs and advocating for the empowerment of women. That’s right – March 8 is International Women’s Day! And while there is definitely much to celebrate, there is also much to contemplate. Why? Because, in 2015, women around […]

Obama’s FY16 Budget

Continued Investments in Family Planning, Reproductive Health On February 2, President Obama released his proposed budget for 2016, and it continues to call for healthy investments in family planning and reproductive health both here at home and around the world. On the international side, the President proposes a slight increase in funding for family planning […]

China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Wreak Havoc

Smog engulfs the city of Shanghai. Photo by Samuel Corwin.  Some mornings, I wake up to a view of downtown Shanghai. Other mornings, a thick, grey haze makes the city center invisible. The smog is so bad that I often have to go indoors for a reprieve while walking around town, and I’ve actually started […]

Shiny New Website

It’s been six years since we got a new website here at Population Connection, so we were READY when CiV Digital presented us with their beautiful design for our new site. It is now easier than ever to read and share individual articles from our quarterly magazine. And we have an events calendar! Please take […]

Six Things to Know About the UN’s 2015 Population Projections

August 31, 2015 Last month the United Nations released its twenty-fourth round of official population estimates and projections. As expected, the organization concluded that the world population is still growing…and fast. Below we’ve listed our takeaways from the 2015 revision of World Population Prospects. 1. The world population continues to grow at a rapid rate: According to […]

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