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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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U.S. to China: Mine Will Once Again be Bigger than Yours Carl Gibson’s How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again had potential. It all depends on whether “top” means “healthiest” or “biggest.” Unfortunately, the author has apparently been programmed to believe bigger is better, so he delivers than completely unsustainable message here. The size of China’s economy (the amount of annual economic throughput, as measured by GDP) surpassed that of the U.S. this year. This has caused consternation in the U.S., where policymakers, pundits, the general public, and many journalists believe we are in a competition – to see who has the biggest. Gibson: “China has overtaken the U.S. as...
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Growth First. Then These Other Things Can be Dealt With It’s not often we get a great laugh at Growth Bias Busted. After all, we’re dealing with media bias reinforcing a cult-like belief that’s sending our civilization right off a cliff. Today is an exception. I am absolutely tickled to share with you this mock interview with “Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey” from the Australian satirical team, Clarke and Dawe. This talented duo has been performing satirical interviews on Australian television off and on since 1989. This video, which aired on Australia’s ABC, followed up on the recent G20 Leaders Summit held in Brisbane. “Growth was the key message, that went in and...
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