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Lake Mead Sinks To A Record Low We could pretty much pile ALL the reporting on the California drought into one big Wall of Shame post for completely ignoring the obvious imbalance between water supply and population in the American West. These types of crises happen when a region is in overshoot. But today I’ll just pick on Henry Brean and the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the latest offense. “Lake Mead sank to a record this week, its surface nudging downward a few tenths of an inch late Wednesday night to 1,081.82 feet above sea level.” Lake Mead Sinks to a Record Low is a headline we’d all...
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Rupert Murdoch: Health, Safety & Environment Hamper Piggy Bank Growth Global media mogul and growth-pusher/profiteer Rupert Murdoch makes today’s Wall of Shame for pushing G20 member nations to get out of the way of corporations so they can kick economic growth into higher gear. “We live in a world where we pat ourselves on the back if our economy achieves 2 per cent or 2? per cent growth even though we have ever-growing numbers of unemployed and under-employed…. Meanwhile, in China, achieving 7 per cent growth would be considered a slump.” Murdoch is one of the world’s richest, a billionaire, but he thirsts for more. This story in The Australian included Murdoch’s...
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Hard to Love These World Population Day Bombs I conclude my review of media coverage of last Friday’s observance of World Population Day with a few examples worthy of the most serious shame. These are commentaries and videos that completely ignore very real and mounting evidence that the world is already overpopulated at 7.2 billion. They promote cranking up the baby factories with total disregard for the very finite limits of Spaceship Earth. I would compare it to the owner of a Chuck e Cheese (pizza and games for kids) franchise doing everything in his power to pack thousands of customers into a restaurant the fire marshal specifies can hold 200....
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UN Cleverly Hides Real Purpose of World Population Day Friday was World Population Day, as declared by the United Nations and observed every year on July 11. I’m thinking that’s an excellent time to improve the population-literacy of the world. Journalists might actually be interested in writing about the state of the world’s population. I watched the media coverage pretty closely last week for items about World Population Day. While humankind’s overabundance on the planet is a crisis that should be reported on a regular basis, at the very least it should be in the spotlight on July 11. It’s clear there was a significant increase in media activity this...
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Does Inequality Render Overpopulation a Non-Issue? Of Course Not Our countdown to World Population Day July 11 continues. At Growth Bias Busted we are constantly playing whack-a-mole with efforts to dissuade us all from addressing overpopulation and instead focus on overconsumption. Today’s recipient of shame gets a whack for that reason. World Population Day – Inequity Is The Problem Not Population by Stellenbosch University psychology Professor Mark Tomlinson does a major disservice when it poo poos overpopulation as part of our sustainability challenge: “It has never been about over population but rather a system designed to encourage rampant consumerism, to reward greed, and to enable the global elite to amass...
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Addressing a World of Inequities on World Population Day I am really torn about whether to put this op-ed by Pamela Barnes on the Wall of Fame or the Wall of Shame. Why? On the one hand, Barnes (President of EngenderHealth) writes about the important issue of meeting the currently unmet need for family planning around the world. World Population Day is certainly a perfect time to bring this up: “I think about the more than 220 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but still lack access to contraception. Understanding why universal access to reproductive health continues to fall behind other development goals is critical to bridging...
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