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Horner: All’s Well with Alberta Finance This Friday is World Population Day, so this week I’m keeping an extra eye out for both exemplary population coverage and ridiculously biased population coverage in the media. The Minister of Finance of the Canadian province of Alberta starts off the week on the Wall of Shame. Doug Horner, also the Spruce Grove – St. Albert MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly), disappointed with his June 30 annual report extolling the wondrous state of Alberta’s economy and finances. “Unemployment rates are steady, the economy is healthy and population continues to grow….”  I’m not sure these are Horner’s exact words, as there...
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Rubin and Suzuki - End of Growth Tour Today I commend David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin for their End of Growth Tour. We don’t often fame or shame really old news, but today is one of those exceptions – because the subject of this fame is really exceptional. The tour actually took place in the Fall of 2012, but I only recently learned of it (thanks to Karen Gaia’s World Overpopulation Awareness newsletter). The good news is you can access a video made at the London, Ontario stop at University of Western Ontario: This is not a snappy three-minute cartoon. It is a fascinating 45:00 presentation with some meat,...
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Allen Runs to See Town Grow, Prosper Imagine that every night while you’re asleep, unbeknownst to you, someone sneaks into your room and plays a sleep-learning tape – brainwashing you to believe that economic and population growth are wonderful, desirable, physically possible, and to be pursued and welcomed at all costs. That would tick you off, irregardless of the message, and you’d lock your windows and bolt the door. We find that kind of “programming” to be so insidious that we detest it. That is the nature of the use of the phrase, “grow and prosper.” These two verbs are connected in so many sentences, so often, that...
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Companies Dumped 206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Into U.S. Waterways Environment America does important work, and the report, Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act, is no exception. The report puts a spotlight on the sheer volume of toxic chemicals industry dumps into U.S. waterways every year. “Industrial facilities dumped 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into American waterways in 2012….” Hey, that's not bad. With over 300 million in the U.S. population, that's less than a pound per person (What happens if we double U.S. population?). Of course that figure includes only the chemical dumping reported by industry, so the problem is...
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As the World Bank Turns Population Institute’s Bob Walker returns to the Wall of Fame with this column at Huffington Post, about one of the keys to achieving economic health and sustainable population dynamics: “The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has [sic] overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.” Walker makes reference to a new report that offers further hope in this direction. He appropriately retains a little healthy skepticism while giving the World Bank credit and...
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