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Heinberg and Williams Rout Krugman on Economic Growth vs. Livable Climate Today the UN holds a one-day Climate Summit, and that has sparked a spate of activity lately around that issue. Worth sharing is some public debate over a recent report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The report, which I’ve not read, apparently concludes that we can intensify efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions AND have significant economic growth. You can just hear the sighs of relief in corporate boardrooms and cabinet meetings. For a while there it looked like we were going to have to make the planet the biggest slow-cooker in history. In Errors and Emissions:...
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Study: 95% Chance We are Stupid You might think a new study just confirms the obvious. There is a 95% probability the human race is not going to wise up and get serious about ending population growth in this century. It’s not good news, but when the news is bad, we need it, and we need it delivered factually and honestly. Applause this morning goes to the UK Guardian for judging this story to be newsworthy, and to reporter Damian Carrington for reporting about population growth without the pro-growth biases we too often see. This is especially noteworthy when you consider the fact that this story has so...
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Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other With the UN Climate Summit convening next week, this piece by today’s honorees on the Wall of Fame is very timely. A tip of the hat goes to longtime population experts Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin, who have given the world an informed, thoughtful and very candid talking-to, published in the independent digital journal, PassBlue, which covers the UN. “Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other.” Amen, sister. “…the mitigation...
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Are Advanced Economies Mature Enough to Handle No Growth? This piece is not from the mainstream media, and it seems to be a little unclear or undecided in its premise, but I’m honoring it on the Wall of Fame today because it is among the most thoughtful writing about what lies ahead as we experience the end of economic growth. “While some ‘the end of growth is nigh’ types are simply expressing doubt that 20th century rates of increase can be attained in an era of resource scarcity, others see a low-growth future as attractive, even virtuous, with smaller, more autonomous, more cohesive communities.” Here Yves Smith was referring to people...
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New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse The UK Guardian consistently puts the rest of the mainstream newspapers to shame with more candid and comprehensive reporting on issues related to growth and sustainability. Still, a headline like Monday’s gets my attention:  Limits to Growth Was Right. New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse “Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.” Before we get too excited and start blowing kisses in the Guardian’s direction: this COULD easily qualify for coverage as news. But, as is too often the...
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Effect of Overpopulation on Public Health Quick, what are the ten most populous countries in the world today? When did world population pass through one billion? Two billion? How long did it take for world population to most recently double? How is this screwing up our lives? It may be a first here at Growth Bias Busted; we’re honoring an infographic. This one provides a staggering glimpse at the state of the world’s population, the causes of the population explosion of the last 200 years, and its impacts. Against a landscape where even scientists are reluctant to discuss population growth and refuse to even use the word...
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