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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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Two Out of Three Countries ‘Ecologically Overshot’ - Population Matters It was easy to miss the rare gem amid the avalanche of World Population Day stories before and after the official day on July 11. So it was with the Overshoot Index published by the UK’s Population Matters. The Index’s announcement was refreshingly frank: “Two out of three countries are already consuming more individually than each can produce sustainably from its own resources…. This position can only worsen as population and consumption rise.” The folks at Population Matters have crunched data provided by the Global Footprint Network to rank individual nations according to how well they do at living within their...
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Hard to Love These World Population Day Bombs I conclude my review of media coverage of last Friday’s observance of World Population Day with a few examples worthy of the most serious shame. These are commentaries and videos that completely ignore very real and mounting evidence that the world is already overpopulated at 7.2 billion. They promote cranking up the baby factories with total disregard for the very finite limits of Spaceship Earth. I would compare it to the owner of a Chuck e Cheese (pizza and games for kids) franchise doing everything in his power to pack thousands of customers into a restaurant the fire marshal specifies can hold 200....
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A Few Shining Examples in World Population Day Coverage This week I’m sharing my observations of media coverage for last Friday’s observation of World Population Day. The volume and tone of the public conversation on this one day of the year might give us an indication of how honest we’re being with ourselves about the overpopulated state of the world. After all, the stories we tell ourselves help define our culture. British environmentalist Jonathan Porritt summed it up in his blog yesterday: “…given that we can’t really have World Population Day every day for 365 days of the year, I guess one day out of 365 is marginally better than...
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UN Cleverly Hides Real Purpose of World Population Day Friday was World Population Day, as declared by the United Nations and observed every year on July 11. I’m thinking that’s an excellent time to improve the population-literacy of the world. Journalists might actually be interested in writing about the state of the world’s population. I watched the media coverage pretty closely last week for items about World Population Day. While humankind’s overabundance on the planet is a crisis that should be reported on a regular basis, at the very least it should be in the spotlight on July 11. It’s clear there was a significant increase in media activity this...
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