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Loving Mother Chooses to Stop at One We wrap up a week of population stories with this commentary published on the website of PBS NewsHour (NewsHour is the nightly newscast on the U.S. noncommercial, public television network). Thanks to Mike Hanauer for submitting this.  Journalist Wendy Thomas Russell has bravely written The Case for Having Just One Kid. And PBS has boldly published it. Why is this brave and bold? It shouldn’t be that remarkable to address the notion of conceiving and parenting just one child. But we live in an insanely irrational, baby-crazy world. “For the first five years of my daughter’s life, I was frequently told...
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Ehrlich: You Cannot Ignore Overpopulation This seems to be the week for population to be featured, with very poor policy statements by elected officials on the Wall of Shame Monday (Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey)  and Tuesday (Florida Governor Forgets to Take Meds). Unfortunately, sometimes we have to turn to blogs to find accurate writing about overpopulation. Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich’s writing is easy to like, because the man rarely minces words. He is quite well-informed, and brings a scientist’s rigor and perspective to the overpopulation topic. Population Redux was published this week on the blog at the MAHB – Millennium Alliance for...
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Florida Governor Forgets to Take Meds Taking the oath of office for his second term as Florida Governor, Rick Scott let growth addiction get the best of him. I’m not sure who deserves Wall of Shame dishonor more, the Governor for pushing Florida well beyond a sustainable population level, or reporters for not recognizing the folly of competing for population growth and considering that a measure of success. In Scott Takes Oath Of Office, Urges Northerners To Move Here, the Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte informs us: “Scott, the 45th governor of Florida, has overseen an economic recovery and the state's long-forecasted surpassing of New York as the...
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Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the Wall of Shame today with a bullet. Last week the country’s prime minister announced new incentives to support the Paleozoic president’s ambition for Turkey to regress to new levels of unsustainability: “Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government yesterday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for married couples to have more children to counter a slowdown in population growth. The new welfare programme, announced by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, includes several financial incentive measures including special commemorative gold coins for first time mothers. Erdogan has made no secret of his...
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2015 May Suck Nafeez Ahmed ends his essay honored today on the Wall of Fame with: “…welcome to 2015: a year when our choices could determine the future of the planet.” The good news: he is not as pessimistic as the headline I’ve given this post might suggest. I cannot recommend this read highly enough. Ahmed, who has previously earned Wall of Fame honors, does a great job writing seriously and credibly, but not so intellectually as to render his work a dreadful bore to the everyday citizen. The End of Endless Growth: Part 1 on Motherboard very clearly outlines a perspective on the ongoing...
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