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3 Percent Increase in Ecosystem Destruction by U.S. Today's journalistic shame goes to an MSNBC video clip with this headline: New Year Welcomes Economic Optimism On Weekends With Alex Witt on Saturday, Frances Rivera discussed the “Rosy Outlook for 2015” with USA Today’s Regina Lewis. This conversation earned Wall of Shame status for it’s “rosy” perspective that myopically considers only the short-term endorphin rush of these factors: Expecting the overall economy to grow 3 percent Lower unemployment Wages may increase No inflation More spending power These things are easy to love. On the surface, they sound wonderful. But we need journalists to think longer and harder, and dig deeper into what...
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Newsweek Hits Home Run With Population Reporting Newsweek gets applause and a major nod of thanks here at Growth Bias Busted today, for a cover story that addresses overpopulation. We regularly hold mainstream media up to shame for poor coverage of population issues. Population growth is often celebrated in the media, as a sign of success for cities, regions or nations. On the rare occasions it’s given its due as a cause of our biggest crises, reining it in is almost never listed among the responses or solutions to these problems. So, bravo to Newsweek. Number one, the cover of the December 26, 2014 issue lists “7 PROBLEMS, 7...
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Ecosystem Destruction Enjoys Surprisingly "Healthy" Pace The U.S. government’s final revised estimate of 3rd quarter GDP growth last week triggered an avalanche of biased news reports. How objective does this sound? “The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate last quarter, the fastest since 2003, fueled by consumer and business spending. The surge confirmed that the economy is steadily improving and outshining others around the world.”   That bit of judgment is from Martin Crutsinger’s Associated Press report on Tuesday, which ran around the world under headlines like these: U.S. Economy Takes Off With 5 Percent Growth In Q3 (Northwest Indiana Times) US Economy...
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Young Journalist Asks - Why Is Our Head Up Our... College students represent one of our best hopes for transitioning human civilization from its rape and plunder, “more, more, more” mode to a sustainable, “enough” system. So it’s a pleasure to honor today a report in a campus newspaper. In Counting Climate Change, Lauren D'Souza sets the stage: “In 44 years, population has increased by 95 percent and greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 183 percent.” Then she asks a question all-too-rarely posed: “Decreasing global population is an almost guaranteed method of lessening the severity of climate change. So why are we not addressing it properly?” While her report doesn’t answer...
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Chinese Women Incubate Too Few Workers I’m completely floored that “experts” have gone from worrying so much about growth of the biggest population on Earth (China), to fretting about that growth coming to an end. In today’s pro-growth bias shame, China's Declining Birthrate a Cause for Concern, AsiaOne's Yang Wanli writes: “Experts are calling for an accelerated scrapping of the one-child policy as the nation's birthrate moves toward a dangerously low level.” I’m concerned, but not about a “dangerously low level” birthrate. My worry: Here we are on a full planet, with overwhelming evidence that the scale of the human enterprise has overshot a sustainable level. We should...
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