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Participant Media Takes Part in Population Discussion Children around the world today have something to celebrate. Journalists are beginning to address overpopulation and the role of population growth in destabilizing our climate. Today I congratulate Emily Gertz of TakePart for Family Planning Is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Fight Climate Change. TakePart is a digital news & lifestyle magazine and social action platform created by Participant Media, the company that produced such films as An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman, Food, Inc., Good Night & Good Luck, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Help. It targets a young, conscious market, although I hate that the TakePart website calls them...
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MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right One of the primary goals of Growth Bias Busted is to encourage our news media to report more accurately about economic and population growth, so it's a real rush to celebrate outstanding coverage by a “mainstream” media outlet. MSNBC gets an all-too-rare day in the sun for a recent episode of Greenhouse: “Anytime you hear anybody praising economic growth or population growth, you know you’re listening to somebody who can’t do arithmetic.” That pretty well sums up day to day life at Growth Bias Busted. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard and saw Paul Ehrlich making that statement on MSNBC’s...
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Los Angeles Times Earns High Honors on Population We congratulate the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board today for publishing an editorial Sunday about one of the easiest climate stabilization strategies: Why We Need to Address Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming It’s so simple, yet a journalist, media organization or world leader must possess Purple Heart levels of courage to speak this truth.  “Sensitive subject or not, the reality is that unsustainable human population growth is a potential disaster for efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” Of course, human overpopulation is the leading cause of several global crises besides climate change, but climate change alone is a serious enough...
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Young Journalist Asks - Why Is Our Head Up Our... College students represent one of our best hopes for transitioning human civilization from its rape and plunder, “more, more, more” mode to a sustainable, “enough” system. So it’s a pleasure to honor today a report in a campus newspaper. In Counting Climate Change, Lauren D'Souza sets the stage: “In 44 years, population has increased by 95 percent and greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 183 percent.” Then she asks a question all-too-rarely posed: “Decreasing global population is an almost guaranteed method of lessening the severity of climate change. So why are we not addressing it properly?” While her report doesn’t answer...
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Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want How the New York Times covers growth issues matters. The Times gets a large number of eyeballs and has a reputation that gives this news organization a lot of influence. That’s why I’m going back a couple of months to resurrect Andrew Revkin’s commentary about the link between population and climate change: On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming We can always count on Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for informed, thoughtful news and perspectives. As I read this, I was getting the feeling I’d honor it on the Wall of Fame.  “Largely...
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