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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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Population Matters' Overshoot Index Tops the Week Congratulations to Population Matters (Two Out of Three Countries ‘Ecologically Overshot’) for being voted the top story of the week at Growth Bias Busted. You gave 5 stars to the UK-based non-profit for its Overshoot Index, showing how overpopulated each nation is based on its standard of living and biocapacity. Global Footprint Network deserves recognition for the data used in developing the index. It never fails to surprise me when ’m writing (or making a film) about overpopulation that someone assumes I am referring to the Global South. I certainly don’t exclude the fast-growing populations in nations like Nigeria and Pakistan, but I definitely don’t...
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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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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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