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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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People Care?! Our story today is about a story we covered a couple of weeks ago. The state of Colorado is projected to experience a massive population boom. Journalist Bente Birkeland introduced us to the forecast with compelling insight about the challenges that this boom will present. The publisher of the article, Rocky Mountain PBS, is currently ranking their most viewed stories of the year and this one placed six. Out of hundreds of stories, the article about the population explosion published earlier in December brought in more hits in one day than any other story. Maybe people really do care about things like...
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Shift the Population, Shift the Thinking Coloradoans have gotten word from the Demography Office of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs that the state can expect to see a massive increase in its population between now and 2040 – a 40% increase over the course of 25 years to be exact. It isn’t necessarily surprising. Denver was named one of the top cities to live in by Forbes Magazine in 2015 (We wrote about that HERE), the state is attracting 24 to 35 year olds with its great climate and access to nature, and industries are booming along the Front Range. Cities including Ft. Collins, Greeley, Boulder,...
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