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The pandemic has contributed to soaring hunger and acute declines in maternal health care that threaten tens of millions of people, the United Nations said Wednesday, underscoring the disproportionate spillover effects on the world's poor.

The birthrate declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, the federal government reported on Wednesday, early evidence that the coronavirus pandemic accelerated a trend among American women of delaying pregnancy.

Agents of Change founder and director Dr. Ami Zota sat down with Dr. Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang to discuss fertility, environmental chemicals, and reproductive justice.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is reducing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and slowing down immigration. These changes may produce concerning trends in populations globally.
As the right grapples with what comes after climate denial, a Copper State lawsuit suggests creeping 'eco-fascism' in Europe may be a model.
Entomophagy or eating insects is gradually gaining traction as insects are a sustainable source of protein and micronutrients.

Dr Shanna Swan has spent more than 20 years examining how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it.

More human activity and thawing permafrost both increase the risks that antibiotic resistance will spread more widely in the Arctic.

In 2017, climate scientist Kimberly Nicholas coauthored a study trying to answer this question: What are the most effective changes you can make to your lifestyle if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and help save the planet?

Tremendous gains on life expectancy have been made around the world, but huge gaps remain. We photographed scenes from the global fight for a more equal life span.

Overconsumption, overpopulation, and uncertainty about the future are top concerns of people who say climate change is affecting their decision whether or not to have children, a survey finds.

U.S. population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence.

Access to ample water supplies could make Michigan a climate refuge. But climate change also is creating more fierce Great Lakes region storms and more floods, and the consequences are not evenly distributed.

Director Victor Velle's documentary "8 Billion Angels" pummels its audience with facts and figures about global population and stability.
Wildtype wants to grow fish meat on land so we can leave the real fish alone.
Following disease outbreaks in the 19th century, Paris reimagined its streets, building the wide boulevards that the city is known for today.
How did a Promised Land to generations of Black families become a community of lost lives?
Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.
Ecosystems can draw down carbon and buffer us from the worst effects of climate change — but only if we protect them.

Extreme weather is already the leading cause of forced displacement worldwide, and as climate change accelerates, environmental catastrophes will increasingly drive migration.

After living through a spate of record-breaking wildfires, some Californians are opting to leave the state.

Humans will continue to flock to cities. And that's a good thing, because if we want to survive the next, much bigger crisis on the horizon, cities are our best bet.

Researchers find that humans have long occupied much of the planet — but only recently began to destroy it.

Google Earth Timelapse is a new tool that illustrates how the planet has changed over 37 years. Kate Brandt hopes it moves us to action.

Sewage epidemiology has been embraced in other countries for decades, but not in the U.S. Will COVID change that?

Should cities billed as climate refuges prepare to welcome newcomers displaced by extreme weather, or focus on reducing their own carbon footprints to stave off the worst effects of global warming? 

How cities will suffer from global warming and sea level rise.

The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months.

The impact of hurricanes is one of many reasons migrants from Central America are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. southern border to seek refuge — and just one example of climate-exacerbated drivers of displacement and migration.

Climate change, technology, disease and financial crises will pose big challenges for the world, an intelligence report concludes.

Just 3% of the world's land remains ecologically intact with healthy populations of all its original animals and undisturbed habitat, a study suggests.

The chief reason for the perilous water crisis is the over-extraction of groundwater.
Our chemical environment appears responsible for an alarming plummet in sperm counts – in humans and in animals.

U.S. policymakers have spent trillions of dollars to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. But the answer to preventing the next pandemic altogether lies elsewhere.

Nearly all of Jordan's lower-income populations will suffer from severe water insecurity by the end of the century without immediate and comprehensive national reform, according to a Stanford University study.