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Monbiot on Growth: Burning Down the House to Keep Warm In the wake of the latest G20 finance meeting, talk is heating up about the possibility of global economic growth stalling out. Yesterday I took the global media to task for myopically joining in the hand-wringing of growth-addicted world leaders, without so much as a nod to the destruction involved in attempting to perpetuate economic growth on a full planet. I hadn’t found a single instance of full and accurate reporting that included the very real costs of pursuing continued growth. One instance turned up. In Growth: The Destructive God that Can Never be Appeased, George Monbiot earns Wall of Fame honors...
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Against Productivity I thought I’d share and honor on the Wall of Fame today a commentary unlike what we usually feature at Growth Bias Busted. Journalist Quinn Norton’s essay about “the American dream” and productivity is long on emotional insight and short on factoids. It touched me, and I think – if you slow down long enough to read it – it will touch you, too. I’d like to thank Quinn for writing it. “We dream now of making Every Moment Count, of achieving flow and never leaving, creating one project that must be better than the last, of working harder and smarter. We multitask,...
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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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Science vs. Fiction on Economic Growth Several weeks ago pop economist Paul Krugman, writing in his New York Times column, kicked off a global debate about whether we can forever grow our economy. Actually this kicked off an entertaining episode of a global debate that has been around for decades, if not a few centuries. I call him a pop economist here today because, frankly, I’m impatient. I’m growing tired of his telling the populace what it wants to hear. This is a professor of economics. It is time he came to terms with limits to growth. Scientist Ugo Bardi, author of The Limits to Growth Revisited, weighed...
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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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Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About National Journal energy and environment correspondent Jason Plautz got my attention with this lead: “The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about.” Writing about the taboo on talking or writing about eliminating or slowing population growth obviously chips away at that taboo. It also lands a journalist on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. So bravo to Plautz, and to The Atlantic for publishing this report on a discussion at the...
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