Banned Books in a Time of Limited Sex Ed

Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, encouraging people to read works of literature that have been challenged throughout history by censors who considered them profane, inappropriate, or radical. The ALA defines a “challenge” as an attempt to remove a book from libraries or school curricula; a “ban” is when that book is successfully removed, preventing individuals in that community from easily accessing and reading it.

Hidden impact in the world’s oceans

Relatively speaking, the world’s oceans are an ecosystem that humans have discovered little about and remain one of the last frontiers of exploration. We harvest many natural resources from our seas and unsustainable fishing practices are pushing numerous fish species to the brink of collapse. The warming of the oceans affects coral, algae, and plankton and puts them at risk of dying out, impacting species up and down the food chain. The effects that humans have on our oceans are not as transparent to us as the impacts we can see in other environments.

South Korea’s Demographic Dividend: A Success Story

In our blog post “What is the Demographic Dividend?” we explored the benefits that may result when a country’s age structure changes due to falling birth rates. But keep in mind that while lower fertility is a precondition for the demographic dividend to happen, the actual benefits are largely dependent on a country’s social, economic, and political environment.

A Look at South Korea’s Demographic Transition