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Population Growth Bad for Climate (Duh!) Former UK Guardian Science Editor Tim Radford earns Wall of Fame status today for writing about the link between population and climate disruption. Tim wrote UN Population Growth Data is Bad News for Climate for the daily climate news service, Climate News Network. I applaud China Dialogue and Policy Innovations for running the story. The kudos for Policy Innovations are a bit faint, however, as this online magazine from Carnegie Council published the story as “commentary,” not news. It is also disturbing to me that I could find this story in no other publications. It’s about a new demographic study published in the September...
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Fullerton: What Condition Our Condition Is In I Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In).                            - Mickey Newbury It’s a wonder we’re only now getting around to celebrating the work of John Fullerton on the Wall of Fame. I first heard Fullerton speak in Montreal at the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas two years ago. It’s very impressive to hear a former JPMorgan managing director talk about limits to growth. I’m a fan. The mission of John’s Capital Institute is: “…to explore and effect the economic transition to a...
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Save the Planet - Stop Having Children Freelance journalist Frankie Mullin earns a spot on our Wall of Fame this morning for writing about a topic rarely covered. A nod also goes to the UK Guardian – for their new look and for publishing Mullin’s How to Save the Planet? Stop Having Children. “I was sterilised after the birth of my second son because I believed I had no right to have more than two children – it would have been more than my reproductive share,’ says Pippa Hayes, 56. ‘Humans are tipping the balance with the natural world, to the detriment of both humanity and the other...
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Land Use Planning in City Politics is Corrupt Since media companies generally want growing numbers of subscribers/readers/viewers in order to increase ad revenue, it’s not often they provide the kind of perspective I’m honoring today on the Wall of Fame. City Watch, a Los Angeles website and newsletter, did us the favor of publishing an insightful column by Beverly Hills City Councilor John Mirisch. In NIMBYs vs. Devstos and Denzos in Malibu, Mirisch gives us a unique outsider’s view of the insidious nature of land planning in city politics, but from the inside. How does that work? He got elected so he could try to change things. “I was...
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Scientists: No Joy in Quest for Quickie A nod to Joe Bish at the Population Media Center for pointing out to us the deluge of media coverage over the past few days regarding an interesting study just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I started out with the intention of putting all the news coverage on the Wall of Shame today, for zeroing in on a sensational statement that made an easy headline: "Our work reveals that effective family planning and reproduction education worldwide have great potential to constrain the size of the human population and alleviate pressure on resource availability over the longer term….Our...
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