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Population Needed to Drive Economy…off a Cliff Massey University and Westpac (a huge bank) are holding two forums this week on population trends in New Zealand. Seems like a good idea, so why is this on the Wall of Shame? Maybe the breakfast forums will offer a more thoughtful approach to population and its role in achieving sustainable equilibrium, but this news announcement from Massey University presents an uninformed perspective: “It’s more than four decades since the last major national activity focused on how we want our population to grow….” That’s a quote from forum participant, Massey Professor Paul Spoonley, who “says a new government population policy is long...
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Red Lights Flashing for Global Economy What is the emergency? Sure enough, we are worried about slowing economic growth. AP reporter Danica Kirka filed this story summarizing the state of the world’s economies. The headline actually was suggested by an opinion piece in the UK Guardian written by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron had left the most recent G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, with serious concerns. Serious enough to flip on the flashing red warning lights on his batmobile, or whatever it is he travels in while racing about to get the world’s economies back into planet liquidation mode. The G20 leaders promised to do their part: “…the...
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If You Like a Healthy Local Environment, Thank a NIMBY Two weeks ago we featured the story of some citizens in Malibu, California, who were wresting control of major land-use decisions from a city council that too often bows to developer influence. One commentator took the unusual position of defending NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard). Today we honor another NIMBY defense, this one in Southern Maryland Online, by long-time environmental journalist Tom Horton. Horton comments on thinking that too often stops people, cities, states and nations from adopting sustainable population policies. It always starts with a conversation like this: “Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. Who are you to say how many...
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Population Wake-Up Call It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental NGO that stands out for its program to draw attention to the role of human population in species endangerment and extinction. I was pretty sure, therefore, that I’d want to put The Population Wake-Up Call on the Wall of Fame; it’s written by Stephanie Feldstein, the Center’s Population and Sustainability Director. Stephanie wrote in Huffington Post about a recently published population study that got a heavy dose of media miss-interpretation: “…the authors of ‘Human Population Reduction is Not a Quick Fix for Environmental Problems’…. came to the...
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Proliferating People a Mere Nuisance to Colorado Water Plans A headline like this begs for a spot on the Growth Bias Busted Wall of Shame: Colorado Girds for Proliferating People and Increasingly Scarce Water Why wouldn’t I be celebrating coverage of the challenges presented by population growth? It’s simple. This story treats population growth as inevitable, and does not include in its water-scarcity responses doing something about the population – like stabilizing or contracting it (it’s actually not that difficult).  I’m afraid Denver Post reporter Bruce Finley has fallen into the same trap that snares 96% of journalists. This report is stuck inside the box defined by a set of...
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