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Growth Framing: How We are Duped by a Mirage A very important set of observations about journalism was published recently by The Guardian. I congratulate the newspaper, and authors Laurence and Alison Matthews, for illuminating a  dangerous journalistic phenomenon in: Good, Natural, Malignant: Five Ways People Frame Economic Growth “Framing” is a very appropriate way to describe the way growth issues are reported in our news media. Laurence and Alison Matthews have written Framespotting, a guide to help us notice and become aware of how our perception and judgment are manipulated by framing. “The way financial growth is framed determines everything from how we address poverty and inequality to how we...
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Britain: End Cash for Kids On a full planet, should governments pay parents to conceive children? This is not a question frequently asked, yet welfare payments, parental assistance and tax credits in some countries subsidize large families. I was astonished to read this headline last week: Budget 2015: Child Tax Credits to be Limited to TWO Children after 2017 This story about Britain’s next budget highlighted a few significant changes in the nation’s welfare program. “George Osborne has announced that families who have a third child will not receive more child support than they would for two children.” We sometimes applaud sustainable public policy proposals here on...
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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly on World Population Day World Population Day brought out the crazies along with the intelligent and articulate. I was disappointed at first in what I was seeing in the media about World Population Day this year, observed on July 11. The UN, after all, chooses a different theme each year, rather than hammering home that the world is overpopulated and we have the tools in our hands to do something about it. This year’s distraction is "Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies."   World Population Day 2015: Facts, Figures and Consequences of Overpopulation Patience, however, was rewarded. A few journalists did choose to write about what’s really important....
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Go All the Way if You're Going Green Samuel Alexander, Research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne, makes the Wall of Fame today, with a bullet. Kudos also to The Conversation (an impressive independent news and commentary website) for publishing his essay:  If Everyone Lived in an ‘Ecovillage’, the Earth Would Still be in Trouble I share Alexander’s curiosity and his desire to get to the truth about how we need to behave and organize society to that future generations have a shot at living decent lives on this one planet we have. “Even after five or six decades of the modern environmental movement,...
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Pope's Absurd Population Position Most media coverage of the encyclical released by the Vatican last week has focused on the pope’s call for action to address climate change and poverty. Some coverage, however, has zeroed in on the encyclical’s take on population. The Population Institute’s Robert Walker writes impressively from an informed perspective on population issues at Huffington Post, so I was anxious to read his take. In The Papal Encyclical: Taking Umbrage, Walker expresses a view shared by many sustainable population advocates. “While I heartily applaud his call to action on climate change, I was struck, and personally so, when he writes that, ‘Instead...
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Most GOP Candidates Laughable on Climate Change Encyclical Pope Francis has put addressing climate change front and center in the news media over the last several days. Apparently there is no other leader on the world stage with enough clout to rivet attention on maintaining a livable planet. Elected leaders would have to band together and agree to put planet first, economy second, to generate as much buzz. Like that is going to happen. Today I honor on the Wall of Fame the most entertaining media coverage of the release of the new encyclical on climate change: Frustrated Republicans Argue Pope Should Leave Science To Scientists Who Deny Climate...
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