(March 2007) The Population Reference Bureau’s media guide, Reporting on Population, Health, and the Environment: A Guide for Central American Journalists provides data and background information on the connections between population, health, and the environment in Central America.

These connections are evident in instances when children are sick with diarrhea from contaminated drinking water, when deforestation leads to mudslides that kill villagers, and when pesticides for crops get into the food stream and lead to sickness.

These population and environment topics are human interest stories. They capture our attention and build connections between people and communities. These stories also help policymakers become aware of what’s happening in their communities.

Use this guide to quickly find facts, definitions, and story ideas to cover complex and controversial stories on the environment, women, health, poverty, and more.