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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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Death-Cab for Singapore Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) adorns our Wall of Shame this morning for demonstrating it is completely clueless about the value of calculating ecological footprint, and certainly about the meaning of the word "sustainabiity." In a news release last week the Ministry defended its poor ranking in WWF’s recently released 2014 Living Planet Report. The report ranked Singapore 7th highest global footprint per capita (the U.S. ranked 8th). This apparently rankled the bureaucrats at MEWR. On October 7 an editorial in The Real Singapore underscored the unsustainability of Singapore’s footprint. The headline alone hurt MEWR’s feelings: WWF: IF EVERYONE...
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Watching the World Slip Away Kathleen Dean Moore makes the Wall of Fame today with this essay in the September 1 edition of High Country News.  “This one is soft. That means it’s sick.’ My grandson is 3 years old, and already he knows the signs of starfish wasting syndrome. He gives the sea star a last poke with his forefinger and stands to gaze around the intertidal cove.” The co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril has given us a poignant, heart-felt lament. She tugs at our heartstrings, not with a sermon, but by sharing her profound sadness. “Just last year, this...
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