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The Swinging Pendulum of Population Policy in Iran

By Janet Larsen The high cost of living and limited economic opportunities in Iran are a boon to birth control, as couples take steps to keep their families small. But the Iranian Parliament has recently debated punishing people who promote … Continue reading

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China Leads World to Solar Power Record in 2013

By J. Matthew Roney In the last two years, countries around the world have added almost as much new solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity as had been added since the invention of the solar cell. Nearly 38,000 megawatts of PV came … Continue reading

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Wind Power Fact Sheet

Wind power capacity is an indicator of building a sustainable economy because wind is poised to become the foundation of the new energy economy. With total capacity exceeding 318,000 megawatts, wind farms generate carbon-free electricity in more than 85 countries. … Continue reading

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Denmark, Portugal, and Spain Leading the World in Wind Power

By J. Matthew Roney Denmark produced one third of its electricity from the wind in 2013. In no other country has wind’s share of annual electricity generation yet topped 30 percent. But the Danes are not stopping there—they are eyeing … Continue reading

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Bicycle Share Fact Sheet

The prevalence of bicycles in a community is an indicator of our ability to provide affordable transportation, lower traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population. Bike-sharing programs are one way to get … Continue reading

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The Downfall of the Plastic Bag: A Global Picture

By Janet Larsen and Savina Venkova Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. Usage varies widely among countries, from over 400 a year for many East Europeans, to just four a year … Continue reading

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Plastic Bag Bans Spreading in the United States

By Janet Larsen and Savina Venkova Los Angeles rang in the 2014 New Year with a ban on the distribution of plastic bags at the checkout counter of big retailers, making it the largest of the 132 cities and counties … Continue reading

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