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Turn and Face the Problem I was clicking around the internet today reading various stories about our environmental state, the price of crude oil and The President of the United States' State of the Union Address when I stumbled upon a bit of reading from an architectural magazine called Construction Global. The site covers everything from the tech to the time-lapse of construction projects. The article I found was the following: Spanish architect envisions a Mars utopia to tackle overpopulation.   Written by Jess Shanahan and published under the category Major Projects, the article briefly tells how one Spanish architect, Alberto Villanueva, has created a concept...
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Overpopulation is not Opinion. Period. Overpopulation is a thing. When too many people have too many babies we end up straining our Earth and natural resources, straining relationships, straining infrastructure, and just feeling strained. Despite the logistics, few people curb their offspring (or even their daily actions) to help protect the finite resources we have at our disposal. What if it were possible to help people connect child-bearing to how that affects the world? According to an article by Oliver Milman and published in The Guardian, one environmental group is trying to do just that – connect reproduction to the way our booming population affects the...
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IMF Worried We're Destroying the Planet Too Slowly One day this headline will have a completely different meaning: Economic growth will disappoint again in 2016, warns IMF's Christine Lagarde In today’s growth-addicted world, however, the story below this headline is exactly what you’d expect. Too little economic growth is forecast to satisfy the growth junkies. One day, the world will come to understand that perpetual economic growth is unsustainable. It will also be common knowledge that economic growth on a full planet results in higher levels of climate destabilization, faster liquidation of nonrenewable (and even renewable) resources, and greater injury to the health of our life-supporting ecosystems. Until that...
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Animal (and Article) Cloning Recent announcements coming out of China are disturbing. According to a press release from November 24, 2015, released by Boyalife, the Chinese company outside of Beijing is building an expansive cloning facility in order to provide enough cattle for the billions in residence in the country to eat. Media coverage surrounding the announcement lacks the most basic understanding of the environmental effect of this move, the social effect of the shift towards red meat for the Chinese people, the ethical consideration surrounding cloning, and the acknowledgement that a facility claiming to produce “more than 6 times the size of the largest...
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Gold Somewhere Over the Growth Rainbow Here’s an editorial that appeared last month in the Decatur, Illinois Herald & Review. I’ve been saving it for a slow Monday, because it deserves a little slow roasting. Council Votes Against Growth Ugh. Yes, this piece is over-the-top boosterism. In bemoaning a council decision not to enable a big store to locate in a neighborhood, it offers textbook examples of unexamined assumptions about the goodness, and universal worship, of growth. “All seven members of the Decatur City Council have expressed interest in helping the community grow and prosper.” That’s our first clue, the all-too-common growth mania trifecta: “grow and prosper.”...
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AP: Include Both Perspectives & Leave Out Reporter Opinions in Economic Reporting Woe is me. According to Martin Crutsinger of Associated Press: “The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a tepid annual rate of 1.5 per cent in the July-September quarter….” Fortunately: “Encouragingly for the economy, consumer spending remained solid….” If there is a sarcasm emoticon, insert it here. Because I’m actually disappointed in the economic reporters around the world who insert their value judgments about GDP growth into every story, such as this one about the latest quarterly U.S. GDP growth estimates. The reports assume that robust growth is universally acclaimed and...
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