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Issue 23: To Live With the Sea: Reproductive Health Care and Marine Conservation in Madagascar

On the remote southwestern coast of Madagascar, home to the semi-nomadic seafaring Vezo ethnic group, most girls have their first child before the age of 18, and families with 10 children or more are commonplace. But since the marine conservation NGO Blue Ventures launched a family planning program in 2007, couples and women like Christine are able to make their own reproductive health choices.

Population, Health, and Environment Approaches in Tanzania

“Quality of life, human health, food security, and biodiversity are all connected,” said Elin Torell, research associate for the BALANCED Project and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center.

Book Launch: 'Human Population: Its Influences on Biodiversity'

Measurements of "human population density and growth can be used to identify changes in the viability of native species, and more directly, in changes in ecological systems or habitat quality," said Richard Cincotta, consultant at the Environmental Change and Security Program and demographer-in-residence at the Stimson Center, speaking at the book launch of Human Population: Its Influence on Biological Diversity.

The Great Lakes and the Environment: Common Challenges and a Shared Future

As Chair of the Great Lakes Governors, Governor Jim Doyle spoke about the shared challenges that the United States and Canada face as stewards of the region's economy and environment.

Jim Doyle is Wisconsin's 44th Governor, first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 with more votes than any other candidate for governor in Wisconsin history. Until becoming governor, he served three four-year terms as Wisconsin's Attorney General, distinguishing himself as a national leader in fighting to improve public health and in aggressively prosecuting state polluters.

Integrating Development: A Livelihood Approach to Population, Health, and Environment Programs

Rural communities in developing countries understand that high population growth rates, poor health, and environmental degradation are connected, said Population Action International's Roger-Mark De Souza.

Integrated Development in Population, Health, and Environment: Updates From Ethiopia and the Philippines

"All protected areas in Ethiopia are being threatened by population pressure," said Negash Teklu, executive director of PHE Ethiopia at an event at the Woodrow Wilson Center co-sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Africa Program. The best way to address this pressure is by implementing integrated population, health, and environment (PHE) programs that combine natural resource management with family planning services, said Teklu.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: The Burning Season

Every year there is a burning season in Indonesia. Areas of rainforest the size of Denmark are cut down and set alight by farmers and corporations to develop palm oil plantations. Not only is the habitat of critically endangered orangutans destroyed, but new scientific evidence also shows that deforestation comprises 20 percent of global carbon emissions, contributing significantly to climate change. The Burning Season is the story of a remarkable achievement by one young man not afraid to single-handedly confront the biggest challenge of our time.