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Humanity's Staggering Impact - Get This Book Today I’d like to give a shout-out to James Gerken, Green Editor at Huffington Post, for letting HuffPost readers know about an outstanding new book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot. It’s a large coffee-table book chock full of stunning photographs, and Gerken wisely shares several photos with readers. He doesn’t review the book, and keeps his words to a minimum f(maybe he'll write more, soon).  I find it interesting that Gerken credits “conservation experts” for the book, not mentioning them by name (Population Institute, Population Media Center, and Foundation for Deep Ecology). He also gives the impression that the book takes on “population...
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Can Sex Save Denmark's Future? An amusing ad campaign and the news accounts it generated get Wall of Shame treatment today. It’s a year-old campaign, but it somehow never made it to Growth Bias Busted…until now. The Danish travel company, Spies Rejser, gets high marks for creativity and a sense of humor in: Do It for Denmark “Denmark faces a crisis. Our birthrate is at a 27 year low. At Spies we’re concerned. Fewer Danes mean fewer to support the ageing population - and tragically, fewer holidaying with us. Research shows that Danes have 46% more sex on city holidays and since more sex equals the...
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Stagnating Wages - We Can’t Shop Till We Drop News reports about Friday’s release of job data by the U.S. Labor Department shared some common misassumptions: People (“consumers”) spending more money is a good thing, because… More economic activity is a universal, unalloyed good Therefore, we all want wages to rise significantly year over year After a Bounce, Wage Growth Slumps to 0.1%, by New York Times economic reporter Dionne Searcey, is a good example of this. Statements like these telegraph the reporter’s judgment and assumptions about the goodness of growth: “…wage gains continued to lag, rising only 0.1 percent in February… That resulted in a mere 2 percent advance over...
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Eclectica Cafe Podcast Busts Population Taboo It’s great to see media attention to the subject of human overpopulation on the rise. I applaud one recent example today, a podcast called Eclectica Cafe, titled – appropriately and candidly enough – Overpopulation Discussion With University Experts. The podcast series covers a wide range of topics, so featuring this subject on Eclectica Cafe – rather than preaching to the choir – is probably awakening many people to the fact that we live on an overpopulated planet. Hopefully it will generate some new thinking about family size. The hosts interview Barry Noon, with CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Ohio...
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Population Decline - Bring It On! Bravo to George Friedman, chairman of global intelligence firm Stratfor, for stating what is obvious, but too rarely written: “As someone who was raised in a world that saw the population explosion as leading to economic disaster, I would think that the end of the population boom would be greeted with celebration.” In Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal, Friedman also nicely points out that you can shrink population, and even GDP, without making everyone poorer (except perhaps the wealthy capitalists benefitting from growing markets today): “But the real question is whether a declining population matters. Assume that there is...
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