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Population Wake-Up Call It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental NGO that stands out for its program to draw attention to the role of human population in species endangerment and extinction. I was pretty sure, therefore, that I’d want to put The Population Wake-Up Call on the Wall of Fame; it’s written by Stephanie Feldstein, the Center’s Population and Sustainability Director. Stephanie wrote in Huffington Post about a recently published population study that got a heavy dose of media miss-interpretation: “…the authors of ‘Human Population Reduction is Not a Quick Fix for Environmental Problems’…. came to the...
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Proliferating People a Mere Nuisance to Colorado Water Plans A headline like this begs for a spot on the Growth Bias Busted Wall of Shame: Colorado Girds for Proliferating People and Increasingly Scarce Water Why wouldn’t I be celebrating coverage of the challenges presented by population growth? It’s simple. This story treats population growth as inevitable, and does not include in its water-scarcity responses doing something about the population – like stabilizing or contracting it (it’s actually not that difficult).  I’m afraid Denver Post reporter Bruce Finley has fallen into the same trap that snares 96% of journalists. This report is stuck inside the box defined by a set of...
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Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About National Journal energy and environment correspondent Jason Plautz got my attention with this lead: “The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about.” Writing about the taboo on talking or writing about eliminating or slowing population growth obviously chips away at that taboo. It also lands a journalist on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. So bravo to Plautz, and to The Atlantic for publishing this report on a discussion at the...
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Population Growth Bad for Climate (Duh!) Former UK Guardian Science Editor Tim Radford earns Wall of Fame status today for writing about the link between population and climate disruption. Tim wrote UN Population Growth Data is Bad News for Climate for the daily climate news service, Climate News Network. I applaud China Dialogue and Policy Innovations for running the story. The kudos for Policy Innovations are a bit faint, however, as this online magazine from Carnegie Council published the story as “commentary,” not news. It is also disturbing to me that I could find this story in no other publications. It’s about a new demographic study published in the September...
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Fullerton: What Condition Our Condition Is In I Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In).                            - Mickey Newbury It’s a wonder we’re only now getting around to celebrating the work of John Fullerton on the Wall of Fame. I first heard Fullerton speak in Montreal at the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas two years ago. It’s very impressive to hear a former JPMorgan managing director talk about limits to growth. I’m a fan. The mission of John’s Capital Institute is: “…to explore and effect the economic transition to a...
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