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Two Out of Three Countries ‘Ecologically Overshot’ - Population Matters It was easy to miss the rare gem amid the avalanche of World Population Day stories before and after the official day on July 11. So it was with the Overshoot Index published by the UK’s Population Matters. The Index’s announcement was refreshingly frank: “Two out of three countries are already consuming more individually than each can produce sustainably from its own resources…. This position can only worsen as population and consumption rise.” The folks at Population Matters have crunched data provided by the Global Footprint Network to rank individual nations according to how well they do at living within their...
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Kunstler: Reality-Optional Economics It’s no secret we admire brutal honesty around here. This is adult swim, but here we are beating around the bush about the critical issues of our time, because everyone’s so certain we can’t handle the truth. Except James Howard Kunstler. This guy has built a reputation on pulling no punches, and his latest essay is no exception. Of course I love it, so here it is on the Wall of Fame. “The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in...
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A Few Shining Examples in World Population Day Coverage This week I’m sharing my observations of media coverage for last Friday’s observation of World Population Day. The volume and tone of the public conversation on this one day of the year might give us an indication of how honest we’re being with ourselves about the overpopulated state of the world. After all, the stories we tell ourselves help define our culture. British environmentalist Jonathan Porritt summed it up in his blog yesterday: “…given that we can’t really have World Population Day every day for 365 days of the year, I guess one day out of 365 is marginally better than...
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Arunachal CM Appeals for Population Stabilization As we count down to World Population Day Friday, I’m finding more and more in the media on the subject of population growth. I’m glad to find some items worthy of the Wall of Fame. This story about “the need for population stabilization” in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is an example of the quality of reporting and the public positions of elected officials we need more of. “Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Monday appealed to all stakeholders to create awareness among the public on the need for population stabilization ahead of the 'World Population Day’….” In an...
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Rubin and Suzuki - End of Growth Tour Today I commend David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin for their End of Growth Tour. We don’t often fame or shame really old news, but today is one of those exceptions – because the subject of this fame is really exceptional. The tour actually took place in the Fall of 2012, but I only recently learned of it (thanks to Karen Gaia’s World Overpopulation Awareness newsletter). The good news is you can access a video made at the London, Ontario stop at University of Western Ontario: This is not a snappy three-minute cartoon. It is a fascinating 45:00 presentation with some meat,...
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As the World Bank Turns Population Institute’s Bob Walker returns to the Wall of Fame with this column at Huffington Post, about one of the keys to achieving economic health and sustainable population dynamics: “The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has [sic] overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.” Walker makes reference to a new report that offers further hope in this direction. He appropriately retains a little healthy skepticism while giving the World Bank credit and...
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