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Letter to the Editor: We Can Stop Growth Though “letters to the editor” published in newspapers and magazines don’t carry the same clout as the stories, or even the editorials, I do believe an abundance of letters correcting pro-growth misinformation and mythology could do some good. In that spirit, today I want to honor Neil Dawe, who sent this letter to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News with some wisdom about proposed Parksville sewage system expansion. "Because of past excessive growth, the citizens of Parksville will be asked through referendum if they are in favour of borrowing monies for a new water treatment plant, which we will have to pay back plus interest." Dawe expresses...
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Colorado River Day: Major Fail by Media and Conservationists Last Friday was Colorado River Day, as I was reminded by an email from Save the Colorado. So I have some interesting observations on the small flurry of media coverage, particularly with the recent news that Lake Mead hit a record low level (39% of capacity) this summer. According to the Colorado River Day website, “This is a day on which people come together across divides in support of maintaining a sustainable Colorado River.” Yet as I perused a litany of opinion pieces and news stories, I found no mention of the unsustainable behavior that, unchanged, renders the myriad plans to “save...
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Nevada: Lack of Water a Mere Speed Bump on Road to Eternal Growth Yesterday I featured a story on the Wall of Shame about the water level in Lake Mead hitting a record low. The story brought up the fact that the Colorado River was already over-appropriated before Hoover Dam was built, but made no further mention of population growth’s role in slowly killing this river. I scolded reporter Henry Brean for failing to explore the madness of cities that depend on this river, like Las Vegas, continuing to pursue growth. Today I offer an example of that. Here’s another story by Brean, Southern Nevada Delegation Bound For International Water Gathering In Singapore, with a...
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Lake Mead Sinks To A Record Low We could pretty much pile ALL the reporting on the California drought into one big Wall of Shame post for completely ignoring the obvious imbalance between water supply and population in the American West. These types of crises happen when a region is in overshoot. But today I’ll just pick on Henry Brean and the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the latest offense. “Lake Mead sank to a record this week, its surface nudging downward a few tenths of an inch late Wednesday night to 1,081.82 feet above sea level.” Lake Mead Sinks to a Record Low is a headline we’d all...
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As the World Bank Turns Population Institute’s Bob Walker returns to the Wall of Fame with this column at Huffington Post, about one of the keys to achieving economic health and sustainable population dynamics: “The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has [sic] overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.” Walker makes reference to a new report that offers further hope in this direction. He appropriately retains a little healthy skepticism while giving the World Bank credit and...
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