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Eclectica Cafe Podcast Busts Population Taboo It’s great to see media attention to the subject of human overpopulation on the rise. I applaud one recent example today, a podcast called Eclectica Cafe, titled – appropriately and candidly enough – Overpopulation Discussion With University Experts. The podcast series covers a wide range of topics, so featuring this subject on Eclectica Cafe – rather than preaching to the choir – is probably awakening many people to the fact that we live on an overpopulated planet. Hopefully it will generate some new thinking about family size. The hosts interview Barry Noon, with CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Ohio...
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Fruitcake Population Policies Go Unquestioned The editors of China Daily share the Wall of Shame today with its forum readers whose comments are published in Will Push to Up Birthrate Work? This little piece begins with an Editor’s Note: “Far fewer couples than expected have applied to the authorities to have a second child, a year after the country eased its family planning policy. Some even said the one-child policy should be fully relaxed, with all married couples strongly encouraged to have two children. Will these efforts to increase the birthrate work? Our forum readers share their opinions here and you are also welcome to add yours.” This...
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Truthout Scores a Near-Miss on Overpopulation Reporting I’m not a fan of “population control.” Never use that phrase. I believe couples the world over will voluntarily choose to have very small families if they have full information about the world’s current state of overshoot, and if they have access to affordable contraception. No control needed. So this headline caught my eye: Addressing Population Growth - Through Freedom, Not Control - Is Crucial to Confronting Climate Disruption Seemed a likely candidate for the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. The piece itself, however – written by Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail – turns out to be a rather...
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Pope Francis World’s Top Capitalist Paul B. Farrell and Marketwatch earn Wall of Fame honors today with The 1 Reason Pope Francis is Becoming the World’s Top Capitalist. It’s always notable when financial “experts” and financial news organizations address the destructive force of overpopulation. It's one more chink in the armor of the silent conspiracy, the great taboo against discussing population. Farrell has a problem with the Pope’s duplicity: “…he warned capitalism is ‘the root cause of all the world’s ills.’ True he warned that ‘consumerism is a poison.” Yet: “…the pope’s created a steady supply of consumers for capitalists….” In defense of this natural world...
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NYU Unsustainable Urban Expansion Program Thanks to Participant Media’s TakePart website for the photo essay, The 10 Least Affordable Housing Markets in the World. It’s based on data from the 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. What TakePart’s Liz Dwyer did is distill a 69-page report into this list of the least affordable cities: Hong Kong Vancouver Sydney San Jose San Francisco Melbourne London San Diego Auckland Los Angeles The ranking takes income levels into account, so a city with high housing costs but high average income makes the list only because the housing prices are super-high even in relation to incomes. Note that the...
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