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Los Angeles Times Earns High Honors on Population We congratulate the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board today for publishing an editorial Sunday about one of the easiest climate stabilization strategies: Why We Need to Address Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming It’s so simple, yet a journalist, media organization or world leader must possess Purple Heart levels of courage to speak this truth.  “Sensitive subject or not, the reality is that unsustainable human population growth is a potential disaster for efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” Of course, human overpopulation is the leading cause of several global crises besides climate change, but climate change alone is a serious enough...
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ABC Offers More Complete Economic News Today we honor Australia’s ABC Radio program, RN Breakfast, for including an alternate view of what is universally characterized as “gloomy” global economic growth forecasts. All-too-often we hear that less economic growth is bad news, from the high priests of the church of growth everlasting (politicians, bankers, and economists), and that’s ALL we hear. Last Friday RN Breakfast Producer Claire Stewart did what few journalists do. She invited Australian multi-millionaire philanthropist and sustainability activist Dick Smith to offer his perspective: “The present form of growth that our economic system requires—which is basically perpetual growth in the use of energy and resources—is not...
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Loving Mother Chooses to Stop at One We wrap up a week of population stories with this commentary published on the website of PBS NewsHour (NewsHour is the nightly newscast on the U.S. noncommercial, public television network). Thanks to Mike Hanauer for submitting this.  Journalist Wendy Thomas Russell has bravely written The Case for Having Just One Kid. And PBS has boldly published it. Why is this brave and bold? It shouldn’t be that remarkable to address the notion of conceiving and parenting just one child. But we live in an insanely irrational, baby-crazy world. “For the first five years of my daughter’s life, I was frequently told...
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Ehrlich: You Cannot Ignore Overpopulation This seems to be the week for population to be featured, with very poor policy statements by elected officials on the Wall of Shame Monday (Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey)  and Tuesday (Florida Governor Forgets to Take Meds). Unfortunately, sometimes we have to turn to blogs to find accurate writing about overpopulation. Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich’s writing is easy to like, because the man rarely minces words. He is quite well-informed, and brings a scientist’s rigor and perspective to the overpopulation topic. Population Redux was published this week on the blog at the MAHB – Millennium Alliance for...
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2015 May Suck Nafeez Ahmed ends his essay honored today on the Wall of Fame with: “…welcome to 2015: a year when our choices could determine the future of the planet.” The good news: he is not as pessimistic as the headline I’ve given this post might suggest. I cannot recommend this read highly enough. Ahmed, who has previously earned Wall of Fame honors, does a great job writing seriously and credibly, but not so intellectually as to render his work a dreadful bore to the everyday citizen. The End of Endless Growth: Part 1 on Motherboard very clearly outlines a perspective on the ongoing...
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Is Bigger Better? There are many ways for non-journalists to be published. Submitting letters-to-the-editor or extended op-ed pieces to a magazine or newspaper, creating your own YouTube video, or writing a blog are common methods. When an everyday citizen decides to pipe up about the insanity of growth mania exhibited by our institutions, I want to issue hugs and applause. Political science librarian and sustainability consultant Terry Link wrote this excellent op-ed which appeared this week in Spartan Ideas, a collection of thoughts, ideas and opinions independently written by members of the Michigan State University community. I’m glad to have something for the Wall of...
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