contraception,family planning,overpopulation,population growth

contraception in jeans pocket

The Ultimate Green Product: Birth Control

Major Wall-of-Fame congratulations to online magazine, Grist, and to Grist Research Associate Umbra Fisk, for this very refreshing treatment of the subject of contraception:

Which Birth Control Works Best — And Creates the Least Waste?

Grist’s Ask Umbra column offers “Advice for Living Green,” and on May 30 Umbra doubled down on that, venturing into the most green behavior possible.

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economic growth,economy,gdp,sustainability

Growth Chart

What’s Wrong With Our Economy? OCD

There are several good reasons to laud Clifford Cobb, Ted Halstead, Jonathan Rowe and The Atlantic magazine for this piece:

If the GDP Is Up, Why Is America Down?

By most measures the U.S. economy is quite healthy. We seem to have recovered quite nicely from the Great Recession which began in 2008. Unemployment down, the longest period of sustained job growth on record, stock market up. GDP in positive growth territory. Yet in this presidential election year, GOP candidates are promising to fix the “terrible” economy over which current U.S. President (D) Barack Obama presides. Even Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promising to right problems with this economy. “…something is profoundly wrong,” he has stated.

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climate change,economic growth,gdp,gdp growth

emissions from coal-fired power plant

Climate-Saving Economic Miracle Debunked

Economic growth is, of course, our modern culture’s Holy Grail. We’re not willing to sacrifice economic growth for any reason, not even the salvation of human civilization. We insist, therefore, that any plan to reduce carbon emissions cannot take a chunk out of GDP growth.

Today’s nominee to the Wall of Fame doesn’t necessarily call that obsession with economic growth out for its suicidal tendencies, but it does do a great job of busting one of the myths about economic growth that some of its apologists love to promote.

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climate change,family planning,family size,overpopulation,population growth

Earth and Pregnant Woman

Why NOT Have a Baby?

How often does this question come up in conversations among young adult women?

How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth?

Then answer is, “not often enough!” So Madeline Ostrander’s commentary published in this week’s edition of The Nation earns a spot on our Wall of Fame for being bold enough to explore what ought to be an obvious and common question.

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climate change,overpopulation,population growth,sustainable popluation

Mother and child

Put Family Planning Atop CO2 Reduction List

I’m delighted to relaunch Growth Bias Busted with a nod to exemplary thought and writing about the important role of population reduction in decreasing carbon emissions. Alisha Graves offers real gems in Family Planning: The Quick Carbon Payoff.

This piece in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is part of a series of commentaries debating the link between emissions and population. You might find the entire series of interest.

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