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Health

A tale of two panels

How challenging will it be to feed the world’s population in 2050? Depends on how many people there are in 2050. And that number depends on a lot of things – not least of which is how many women are empowered to choose their family size with the help of…

Toxic algae crisis isn’t over for Lake Erie or the nation

Toledo drinking water ban should be a warning to other cities After a weekend of scrambling to find bottled water for drinking, cooking and other household uses, residents of northwestern Ohio and southwestern Michigan were told Monday that their tapwater is again safe to drink. But for how long? Toxic…

Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage. Which (as I wrote for the Skoll World Forum) is bad for the thousands of women who work for companies whose owners want…

Ready for Toxic Algae Season

Toxic algae – sometimes called harmful algal blooms – is a particular threat in the warm summer months, when polluted runoff from farms, feedlots, lawns and septic fields meets warm waters that allow dangerous algae growth to explode. For the second year in a row, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s…

The silent (super) majority

Despite all the sound and fury about Obamacare’s coverage of birth control, it turns out there’s very little signified. It’s amazing the way the opposition can gin up a controversy, get it all the way to the Supreme Court, and take up way too much time on Fox News with…

A victory for women and girls in the sustainable development conversation

The acronym SRHR isn’t widely recognized, but a mid-April victory at the UN will, we hope, change that. Revisiting the revolutionary Cairo declaration at the UN’s Commission on Population and Development, nations from around the world called strongly for SRHR to be an essential component of the emerging sustainable development…

Update: Fracking still impacting property values, property rights across America

Last fall, Resource Media compiled an in-depth media tipsheet to provide journalists with background information and sources about the growing body of evidence linking drilling with widespread impacts on property values, property rights and quality of life in communities across America. Since we first published Drilling vs. The American Dream,…

Using the right images to tell visual stories about reproductive health and rights

Here at Resource Media, we’ve worked hard to tease out universal best practices for visual storytelling. Last December, the universality of some of those tips was put to the test during a presentation to international experts on reproductive health and rights. (Thanks to Pathfinder International and Marie Stopes International for…

Making population part of the environmental beat

In many parts of the world, rapid population growth is now combining with the devastating impacts of climate change to place major strains on resources and infrastructure. This combination is widely reported in the local media in these regions, as is one potential solution: providing universal access to family planning…

Putting the Dead Zone’s evil twin on the map

How do you win national media coverage on an unreported issue?  It’s a challenge faced by many nonprofits and watchdog groups. And it’s one Resource Media faced when we knew we wanted to tell the story about the spread of cyanobacteria – aka toxic algae - across US lakes and…