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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates. A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common assumptions that population growth is a wise goal for all or most cities. I look for that whenever I see a headline like this. But, sadly, that is not the case here: “Some cities have it all: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife,...
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What's Possible? I’m honoring on the Wall of Fame today a very inspirational short film. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and populated with footage from the world’s best filmmakers and stock footage libraries, in less than 4 minutes What’s Possible inspires us to want to make a difference. It makes you want to make the big changes necessary to leave the next generation a world worth inheriting. It is truly inspiring. The words, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), are scrumptious. The Hans Zimmer music score is spot on. Something about the film did trouble me, a little. What bothered me is...
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Crawley Tackles Population Taboo Few people write comprehensively, accurately and candidly about the subject of human overpopulation. Sean Crawley has done exactly that, and done it with flair. His column in the latest issue of Shift magazine is required reading for all 7,207,155,993 of us. “The general consensus is there is no need to worry, because if we just stick to the current plan until we all have university degrees, are all millionaires, and all live to 120 years of age, then the population will magically stabilise and we will all live happily ever after. If you find that a bit hard to swallow and want...
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Study: 95% Chance We are Stupid You might think a new study just confirms the obvious. There is a 95% probability the human race is not going to wise up and get serious about ending population growth in this century. It’s not good news, but when the news is bad, we need it, and we need it delivered factually and honestly. Applause this morning goes to the UK Guardian for judging this story to be newsworthy, and to reporter Damian Carrington for reporting about population growth without the pro-growth biases we too often see. This is especially noteworthy when you consider the fact that this story has so...
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Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other With the UN Climate Summit convening next week, this piece by today’s honorees on the Wall of Fame is very timely. A tip of the hat goes to longtime population experts Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin, who have given the world an informed, thoughtful and very candid talking-to, published in the independent digital journal, PassBlue, which covers the UN. “Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other.” Amen, sister. “…the mitigation...
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