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Natural News Network: Las Vegas Gambles on a Sure Loss I was quite excited to find and share today’s honoree on the Wall of Fame. It is so uncommon to see someone blast the sheer stupidity of the growth obsession that occupies most cities in the arid American West. Mike Adams does a splendid job of giving Las Vegas (and a few others) a major smack in the head with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix And Other Cities Headed For Imminent Water Supply Collapse; Wave Of Drought Refugees Now Inevitable. Okay, maybe he doesn’t get an A for headline writing. But otherwise he is a hero in my book. “One bizarre...
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Exemplary Overpopulation Reporting from PBS NewsHour and Mark Litke It’s a rare, but happy occasion when a mainstream media outlet provides frank and in-depth reporting on the world’s overpopulation. On Saturday PBS NewsHour broadcast Amid Population Explosion, Birth Control Access Roils the Philippines. This report by Mark Litke offered the unvarnished truth about the crisis in one country: “And from these overcrowded hospital wards, out into the teeming slums of the city, it’s easy to see this country is in the midst of a population explosion, what some are calling a crisis. The Philippines today has one of the highest birth rates in Asia with a population that has more than...
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HuffPost and Daily Beast Deliver Winning Writing on Population Growth Two women tied for most appreciated, exemplary writing about growth issues this week. Yesterday’s Wall of Fame honoree, Stephanie Feldstein of the Center for Biological Diversity, delivered with Do We Really Need Another Walmart More Than We Need Wildlife? for Huffington Post. This outstanding piece opened some eyes about how regional population growth encourages companies like Wal-Mart to roll back not just prices, but critical habitat for threatened species.  “We can still avoid this dystopian future. We need to address population growth -- the Southeast's population growth rate over the past 60 years is 40 percent larger than the rest of the...
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WHY Do We Really Need Another Wal-Mart? I have to confess I have a very strong personal affinity for the folks at the Center for Biological Diversity. They put all other environmental NGOs to shame by prominently including population growth among the chief causes of what they are trying to protect, and ending population growth among the chief solutions. So I’m way too easy. The Wall of Fame is theirs at the drop of a hat. Today’s Famer, though, offers an outstanding opportunity to point out what wasn’t said by CBD Population and Sustainability Director Stephanie Feldstein in this recent Huffington Post piece. I’ll get to that, but first,...
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Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life Amanda Marcotte took on Pope Francis in this smart piece published in June by The Daily Beast. I like it and want to recommend it because it vigorously defends the choice not to reproduce AND includes a reason that should be mentioned more often: “the world needs more people who choose pets over kids.” One shouldn’t have to defend the choice, but for now we have to put up with that, while we work this silly notion that reproducing is a woman’s prime directive out of our system. Pope Francis apparently needs some coaching on this, and Marcotte steps up: “Pope Francis...
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