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Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other With the UN Climate Summit convening next week, this piece by today’s honorees on the Wall of Fame is very timely. A tip of the hat goes to longtime population experts Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin, who have given the world an informed, thoughtful and very candid talking-to, published in the independent digital journal, PassBlue, which covers the UN. “Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other.” Amen, sister. “…the mitigation...
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Are Advanced Economies Mature Enough to Handle No Growth? This piece is not from the mainstream media, and it seems to be a little unclear or undecided in its premise, but I’m honoring it on the Wall of Fame today because it is among the most thoughtful writing about what lies ahead as we experience the end of economic growth. “While some ‘the end of growth is nigh’ types are simply expressing doubt that 20th century rates of increase can be attained in an era of resource scarcity, others see a low-growth future as attractive, even virtuous, with smaller, more autonomous, more cohesive communities.” Here Yves Smith was referring to people...
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New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse The UK Guardian consistently puts the rest of the mainstream newspapers to shame with more candid and comprehensive reporting on issues related to growth and sustainability. Still, a headline like Monday’s gets my attention:  Limits to Growth Was Right. New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse “Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.” Before we get too excited and start blowing kisses in the Guardian’s direction: this COULD easily qualify for coverage as news. But, as is too often the...
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Effect of Overpopulation on Public Health Quick, what are the ten most populous countries in the world today? When did world population pass through one billion? Two billion? How long did it take for world population to most recently double? How is this screwing up our lives? It may be a first here at Growth Bias Busted; we’re honoring an infographic. This one provides a staggering glimpse at the state of the world’s population, the causes of the population explosion of the last 200 years, and its impacts. Against a landscape where even scientists are reluctant to discuss population growth and refuse to even use the word...
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Natural News Network: Las Vegas Gambles on a Sure Loss I was quite excited to find and share today’s honoree on the Wall of Fame. It is so uncommon to see someone blast the sheer stupidity of the growth obsession that occupies most cities in the arid American West. Mike Adams does a splendid job of giving Las Vegas (and a few others) a major smack in the head with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix And Other Cities Headed For Imminent Water Supply Collapse; Wave Of Drought Refugees Now Inevitable. Okay, maybe he doesn’t get an A for headline writing. But otherwise he is a hero in my book. “One bizarre...
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Exemplary Overpopulation Reporting from PBS NewsHour and Mark Litke It’s a rare, but happy occasion when a mainstream media outlet provides frank and in-depth reporting on the world’s overpopulation. On Saturday PBS NewsHour broadcast Amid Population Explosion, Birth Control Access Roils the Philippines. This report by Mark Litke offered the unvarnished truth about the crisis in one country: “And from these overcrowded hospital wards, out into the teeming slums of the city, it’s easy to see this country is in the midst of a population explosion, what some are calling a crisis. The Philippines today has one of the highest birth rates in Asia with a population that has more than...
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