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Okotoks Drools Over Plan to Kill Goose Joe Bish, of Population Media Center, brought this story to my attention yesterday. The headline and subhead say it all: Okotoks Gets Ready For The Big Boom With 60-Year-PlanCity With Small-Town Soul Plans For Impressive Growth I share (and shame) it here because of what Bish describes as, the “un-abandoned glee and mirth that city managers and development corporations are experiencing -- as the ‘new plan’ is to gun for a population of 82,000 as soon as possible.” This, for a small Canadian town that in 2012 removed its population cap of 30,000, which was based on an assessment of the town’s...
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WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint I like World Wildlife Fund. Each year this global organization publishes the Living Planet Report, a thorough and eye-opening assessment of human impact on the Earth. But even an organization doing such amazing work can be guilty of political correctness, which I’m afraid may be the reason 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint finds itself on the Wall of Shame today. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great that WWF is offering “Green Tips” to help individuals scale back their footprint. With 7.2 billion of us on the planet, it’s essential we are each very conscious and intentional about minimizing our...
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Growth Fever Contagion Identified in Reporting on Growth This story from Inside Tucson Business is a classic example of why we started Growth Bias Busted. Promising Future For Marana; Growth In Population, Employment And Income probably raised no red flags for the vast majority of readers.  “From 2010 to now the population has increased from about 35,000 residents to 40,000. Curt Woody, economic development and strategic initiatives manager, recognizes the mayor and council and supportive residents for the town’s growth.” It blithely assumes that population growth is good for the town of Marana. It assumes there is nothing controversial or even debatable about this. And it assumes there is...
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Daily Telegraph: Wonderful Plan to Finish Off Human Civilization I find it astonishing that no alarm bells went off for the Daily Telegraph’s Editor-at-Large, John Lehmann, when he was informed that: “…Sydney needs to build 100 new high-rise apartment towers a year for the next 50 years…as the city’s population grows.” Most of us would be a little suspicious of such a statement, coming as it did from the chief executive of Urban Taskforce Australia, an industry group representing real estate developers. We need our journalists to have some healthy skepticism. Unfortunately, in High Time for Sydney as Population Swells: Key Mayors Back Plan for Tall Towers Near Railway Stations,...
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Effect of Overpopulation on Public Health Quick, what are the ten most populous countries in the world today? When did world population pass through one billion? Two billion? How long did it take for world population to most recently double? How is this screwing up our lives? It may be a first here at Growth Bias Busted; we’re honoring an infographic. This one provides a staggering glimpse at the state of the world’s population, the causes of the population explosion of the last 200 years, and its impacts. Against a landscape where even scientists are reluctant to discuss population growth and refuse to even use the word...
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