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It's Getting Hard to Breathe In August we covered the media growth bias around the common, yearly top 10 list of the best places to live (link to our article HERE). Recent growth of these listed cities is usually a factor, like in Forbes’ list which ranks Denver as a top spot in part because they have the “fifth biggest influx for any metro area” and have attracted some major employers recently. Fast forward not even two months from the list release and Denver is in the news because of an important-to-note side affect of this growth: pollution. While we could bring the two into the...
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To Drill or Not to Drill Oil-rhetoric is an accurate litmus test for media bias and this last week’s development with Shell and the Arctic has opened the door for everyone to show their true colors. Shell’s decision to stop drilling in the Arctic Ocean may be more of a business decision than anything else (though I question that), but the analysis makes it clear where people, companies, and governments stand on the issue of oil, growth, tax revenue and eating up natural resources to serve mankind’s wealth needs. Let’s start with Vox’s article Shell is Abandoning its Controversial Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic....
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Population Taboo Harms UN Sustainable Development Goals The population taboo is alive and well, this time in the UN’s update of Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past few weeks our own Darcie has both shamed and famed the media conversation about the United Nations’ unsustainable update of Sustainable Development Goals. Today I add to the list with this informative and important addition to the discussion: UN Reviews Development Goals, But Again Ignores Population Growth This piece, published by YaleGlobal Online, is written by Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division. It highlights a glaring omission from the UN’s draft plan to improve the lot of the most...
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China's Economic Sustainability - What Question Should we be Asking? China spent many years in an economy synonymous with growth. Until lately. Worry about the country’s economy and overall stability, a plunging stock market and devaluation of currency have all led to a prediction of full-blown crisis. Skynews’ Economic Editor Ed Conway recently published “China Faces ‘Lost Decade’ of Economic Growth” which questions China’s growth, sustainability, stability and future. “We saw a country which has transformed completely in less than a generation, with more than 200 cities of more than a million people- compared with just 35 in Europe. However, many are now worried about how sustainable that growth will be...
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Popeapalooza and Population Today, amid all the popeapalooza owing to Pope Francis’ U.S. visit, we find a reason to congratulate Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent of the UK Guardian. While many environmentalists praise this pope for taking up the call for serious action on the climate change front, Goldenberg notes: “One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as ‘raving nonsense’ the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.” There are plenty of scientists who understand that moving from an expanding to a contracting world population is...
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