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Overpopulation: The Real Story I get the occasional email from Paul Ehrlich, the Stanford Biologist famous for penning, with his wife Anne, The Population Bomb, and for never giving up his quest to inspire rational thinking and behavior about sustainability. Paul alerted me to this extraordinary bit of reporting on the overpopulation issue: ENVIRONMENTALISM’S DIRTY SECRET It's a lousy title, implying the piece will be about something nefarious. But perhaps it attracted some readers who would have otherwise given it a pass. Paul’s comment on the piece itself was: “Not too bad from my purely unprejudiced viewpoint.” That great sense of humor is just one...
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Earth Day: Is Ending Overpopulation Possible? I’m going to be generous today and celebrate Nick Stockton of Wired magazine for writing about world overpopulation on Earth Day. The headline alone is worthy of high praise: The Biggest Threat to the Earth? We Have Too Many Kids This topic is still so taboo even a poorly sourced story gets Wall of Fame status (more about that sourcing in a moment). “TODAY IS EARTH Day…. There will be speeches about sustainability, discussions about air quality, and pamphlets on how to reduce your carbon footprint. You might even learn how to help save some sub-Saharan elephants, but nobody will be addressing...
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We Made This After two egregious examples this week of pro-growth bias in the media, it is my pleasure to honor on the Wall of Fame this poignant film from the Population Media Center: This five-minute video combines great words with stunning photographs. The narration reminds us: “The first people were deeply connected with the natural world.” Of course, over the course of human history, while a few things went right, an awful lot went terribly wrong. “…until the land, conquered by his will, became unrecognizable.” The images in this video offer a clear testament to this. The photographs are from the new book, Overdevelopment,...
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How to Save the Planet for $10 Essays Against Growthism belongs in your guest bathroom. This is not meant as disparaging in any way; it’s just an idea for getting these words of wisdom in front of as many people as possible. Place it in the waiting room of your business or medical facility. In short, put it anyplace you’ll find a captive audience with 5 minutes to kill. Each essay is a short read. The only problem with my advice is that this book is available only as an ebook or pdf. This reader offers 12 brief essays by Herman Daly, the dean of ecological economics. He...
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Limits to Growth: Contrary View and No Spin Korea Times lands on the Wall of Fame today for Global Warming Going from Bad to Worse. It's not every day a newspaper interviews an expert with a view that’s contrary to the mainstream “grow, baby, grow” paradigm. "I'm deeply worried because our future could have been so much better than it is going to be,’ Jorgen Randers, a Norwegian scholar, said in an interview with The Korea Times, Thursday. ‘Climate change will get worse and worse over the next 40 years." Randers was in Korea to deliver a keynote speech to the ICLEI World Congress. He’s a newsmaker, but too...
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We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How The minute I watched this segment from RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, I knew it must adorn the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted immediately. The first 12 seconds capture the very essence of our work: “Growth! It’s the cornerstone of our society. We must continue to grow. The Dow Jones must continue to go up. Your bank account must keep growing. Your house just keeps getting bigger…. Growth is everything, right?” This wouldn’t be bad news if not for a few inconvenient truths: “Everyday we’re taught growth is good. But growth is also bad. Cancers grow, parasites grow,...
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