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The new Cosmos series on Fox and National Geographic is making some waves. It’s nice to see high production value and intellectual content in a television landscape littered with Kardashians, Duggars, moonshiners and house-flippers. I must, however, anoint the series, it’s host, producers and writers with Wall of Shame infamy because of a misstep in the program broadcast on March 23. About 33 minutes into the episode titled When Knowledge Conquered Fear, host Neil deGrasse Tyson got the attention of some sustainable population advocates with this comment about Edmond Halley (who did not discover the comet, but did lay some groundwork in the 17th century for the science of demography): “He...
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You may have noticed the abundance of hand-wringing of late by apostles of the church of growth everlasting, over declining fertility rates throughout much of the world. The growth-pushers are concerned that women are discovering meaning in life beyond serving as baby factories pumping out cheap labor to shop at Wal-Mart and pay taxes so old folks don’t have to save for retirement. So, imagine my delight to read Bye-Bye, Baby in Sunday’s New York Times, a fact-filled, thoughtful commentary that recommends there is no need to convince the women of the world they should return to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant: “Humanity has many legitimate problems to worry about. Falling...
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Our amazing run of journalism to celebrate continues, with our 7th straight Wall of Fame post. Today’s honor goes to Christopher Doyle at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), for Environmental Impact to Worsen Over Time. This is the first news story we’ve seen about this phenomenon (and the ONLY story about this study). “Having picked most of the 'low hanging fruit', humans are now putting more effort into extracting useful materials, and a new study says the associated environmental impacts are only going to grow.” Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich mentions this often; in fact he brought this news story to my attention. “The reason for the increasing environmental impact over time...
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It’s a great pleasure today to honor comedian Bill Maher on the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. Maher suffers no fools, and he comments with brutal honesty about how absolutely nuts some human beings can be, something I made the subject of an entire film, GrowthBusters. Maher’s featured guest on Friday night’s HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, was Alan Weisman, author of Countdown. Weisman is a respected journalist, and Countdown is a well-researched book about world population, or more accurately, overpopulation. Weisman deserves a spot on our Wall of Fame, as well, but today I'll applaud Bill Maher. It’s very clear that Maher has an above-average (sorry,...
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It’s pretty sad that today more people scoff at headlines like this (which I have shortened) than take them seriously. In fact the growth pornographers (conservative and cornucopian bloggers, publications and “think tanks”) will no doubt have a field day ridiculing the study and/or the headline of this op-ed in the UK Guardian that heralded it. “A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.” It’s no wonder we’ve not seen a news story about the study; the fear is no one will take it seriously. And...
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Roger Pielke, Jr.’s What Does It Mean to be Anti-Growth? has earned a spot on the Wall of Shame for avoiding such annoying realities as science and facts. Be sure to read this and participate in the reader poll on the subject at Earth Island Journal. His premise: “It has become fashionable in some circles to come out against economic growth…. I argue that to be anti-growth actually implies keeping poor people poor.” Pielke, it seems, wants to dream the impossible dream - that sustainability doesn't have to involve any difficult choices; that we can have perpetual growth as long as we tint it green. Hard to believe, but Pielke is...
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