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Access to family planning is essential for the health and welfare of people and the planet. Family planning includes information and services for contraception and abortion. Family planning improves health, protects human rights, and makes important contributions to social welfare, economic development, and preserving the environment.

Health

The Centers for Disease Control...

While farmed fish is growing rapidly, most fish we eat is caught in the wild. The amount of fish harvested from the wild is around 80 million tonnes per year and has fluctuated around this total for the past 20 years, while total aquaculture production has increased by about fivefold over the same period to reach some 60 million tonnes per year.1

Fish consumption provides an...

Noteworthy

Five years ago, a 20-minute YouTube video called “The Story of Stuff” went viral. The creators can now count 40 million total views of their series, which includes videos on the stories of cosmetics...

D. O. M, a unique restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, has been shaking up the culinary world. Founded by renowned chef, Alex Atala, the dishes are sourced from the traditional ingredients of Brazil, in...

The earth’s biodiversity is undergoing what some biologists are calling the sixth great mass extinction since life began. Unlike the others, this one is manmade. Given the inexorable rise of the global...

Who would’ve thought that a short video of a high school teacher giving a lecture on subject-verb agreements could get 60,000 hits?

Yet, it’s entirely conceivable that this statistic signals the...

Long used for sniffing out bombs and drugs, K9 units are increasingly being put to the test in the global trade of endangered wildlife and timber. This summer, the World Wildlife Fund – Germany (WWF)...

The idea of simply giving money to the poor often makes people feel uncomfortable. Liberals fear that doing so only tackles a symptom of the poor’s malaise—and not the deeper, structural causes of...

The United States wastes about 40 percent of its edible food each year. Food is wasted at each stage along its journey—from creation and distribution through to restaurants and cafeterias. In fact,...

Not having to do the dishes ranks as one reason people go out to a restaurant for dinner instead of cooking at home. However, in Catalonia, Spain, diners are finishing their desserts, tying on an apron...

Since international negotiations on global climate change began, it has been evident that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions today—the United States and China—could lead...

“We’ve got this tremendous problem. If we do nothing, children are going to lose years of life. It’s not their fault. They don’t even understand it."

So begins an interview between New York...

When he saw a mother and baby die in childbirth from a preventable and treatable condition, Myshkin Ingalawe decided to put a stop to it. “It” is undiagnosed anemia—an iron deficiency that contributes...

A new documentary, directed by former journalist Pamela Sherrod Anderson, highlights the unusual case of Arthur Dixon Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago. “Usually, when you hear stories...

In August of last year, the Whanganui River gained its citizenship. Under New Zealand law, the third-longest river in the country will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which...

When nine-year old Martha Payne began a food blog last year, chronicling the paucity of her school lunches, she was not prepared to become a social media star. Payne’s blog, entitled “NeverSeconds,”...

She lived in a small Ugandan village and had lost five of her nine children over the past decade. The spirit, it seemed, the very will to live, had fled her. A neighbor asked if she would be willing to...

Perspectives

Most women who give birth in the United States do so surrounded by a variety of health professionals, including doctors or midwives, nurses and doulas. The combined expertise in the room ensures that if something goes wrong, the best care...

In the rainy Brisbane summer of 2011, James Powell, a geochemist and National Science Board member, and John Cook, physicist and Climate Communication Fellow at the University of Queensland, began discussing an idea. Cook had been running the...

Around the world, 34 million people are infected with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Women, young adults, and at-risk populations, such as injectable drug users and commercial sex workers, are most heavily affected. Though a number of...

Mutinta’s five-month-old daughter has diarrhea. In developed nations, a stomach complaint like that might be a mere nuisance. However, in Zambia’s vast countryside—without electricity, water, soap, and medicine—diarrhea is a matter of life and...

Interview

A Health Care Overhaul That Works: An Interview with former Turkish Minister of Health Recep Akdağ

Editorial

The Next System Question and the New Economy Movement

Featured Media Review

Book

REVIEWING
Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Chelsea Green, 2012

Farming in the United...