Facebook Twitter

PMC Articles Tagged 'Environment'

Population Media Center Offers Solution to Unsustainable Population Growth in New Environmental Book

January 17th, 2013 by PMC | Add a Comment

The San Francisco Chronicle

January 15, 2013

Rapid population growth on a planet already suffering from human induced climate change, species extinctions and ocean acidification is not helpful. In a new environmental book, Life on The Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, Bill Ryerson, founder of the non-profit organization Population Media Center, explains how population growth can be slowed using human-rights enhancing, progressive strategies of entertainment-education.

Founder and President of Population Media Center, Bill Ryerson, is a featured author in a new book, Life on The Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation (University of Georgia, 2012).

The book, an edited anthology, aspires to reignite a robust discussion of population issues among environmentalists, environmental studies scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force behind many of our most serious ecological problems, including global climate change, habitat loss and species extinctions, air and water pollution, and food and water scarcity.

Ryerson’s chapter is titled “How Do We Solve the Population Problem?” It explains that the major barriers to contraceptive use around the world include traditional desires for large families, religious opposition and unwarranted fear of health side-effects. This conclusion contrasts with the more common idea that contraceptive use remains low in developing countries primarily due to supply chain constraints.

“Of course, high-quality supply chains for contraceptives are crucial, but Demographic and Health Surveys carried out in numerous developing countries reveal that lack of access is infrequently cited as a reason for non-use of contraception,” says Ryerson. “Rather, the major obstacles are cultural and informational barriers.”

Currently, global population is expanding by an estimated 231,000 people per day — the net result of approximately 385,000 births minus 154,000 deaths. In turn, this results in over 84 million additional people on Earth per year. This annual population growth is equal to the total current population sizes of France, Libya, Singapore, Rwanda and Qatar.

“Such rapid population growth on a planet already suffering from human induced climate change, species extinctions and ocean acidification is not helpful. Global population stabilization should be a priority for international sustainable development programs and initiatives,” says Ryerson.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Population-Media-Center-Offers-Solution-to-4195270.php

Environmental Crash Course

December 31st, 2008 by William Ryerson | 3 Comments

Thanks to Fred Stanback for linking me to this crash environmental course that cuts to the real problem. Worth the time for educators and all others: See http://www.chrismartenson.com/environmental_data.

Online Environmental Magazine Debuts

October 25th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

Yale Environment 360, a new online magazine dedicated to covering the global environment, has been launched. Edited by Roger Cohn ‘73, the former editor of Mother Jones and Audubon magazines, Yale Environment 360 aims to become one of the leading Web sites for commentary and reporting on the crucial environmental issues of the day. Yale Environment 360 features authoritative opinion, analysis and in-depth reporting by leading journalists, scientists, environmentalists and policy makers from around the world. The site also provides a forum for discussing global environmental issues. You can bookmark the new publication at http://e360.yale.edu/.

Global Women’s Rights Key to Sustainable Environment

August 13th, 2008 by William Ryerson | 1 Comment

Some time in the 1980s, the combined environmental effects of our species began to exceed the ability of the planet to sustain us all. So to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization, which we might say is the prime directive of the human race, we either have to learn to reduce our environmental impacts or our population, and probably both.

Whatever one’s view of population control, it seems inevitable that we must stop increasing our population at some point. Predictions are population may level off at nine billion by mid-century. Perhaps nine billion of us could get a handle on our consumption of everything and limit our environmental footprint, but no matter how carefully we live, could the world handle 12 or 15 billion of us, or more?

For full article, visit:

Population-Health-Environment Video Featuring Lori Hunter Now on YouTube

July 23rd, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

“Population, Health, and Environment: Exploring the Connections,” an original ECSP video, offers a lively, brief, and accessible explanation of population-health-environment connections, with examples and photos from successful programs in the Philippines. View the video on YouTube, then rate it, comment on it, favorite it, or post a video response.

Presenter Lori Hunter of the University of Colorado, Boulder, spoke at the Wilson Center earlier this year as part of ECSP’s PHE meeting series. www.wilsoncenter.org/next10

The New Role Models: Environmental Moms Stop at One Child

July 14th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

Thanks to Phil Kreitner for this heartening article

Most weekdays, Oona Baker picks up her daughter, Ramona, from preschool and heads home to the Woodstock neighborhood. The two eat lunch, then decide what’s next. The library? Or baking cookies? With no siblings to factor in, mother and daughter map their own schedule.

“We’re pretty minimal people,” Baker, 34, says. “We have a small house. We have a small car. We can walk lots of places. Our life is just easier with one child.”

Not just easier, but greener.

In a city where people harvest rainwater, and bicycling to work is a badge of green pride, some Portland families say stopping at one child is global activism at its most personal.

For full article, visit:

A Fresh Approach to Water

June 27th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

Many thanks to Paul Paquet for sending this editorial from Nature.

A fresh approach to water (PDF, 88 KB)

Is Water Becoming ‘The New Oil’?

June 7th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

Thanks to Sally Mattison for this article.

Public fountains are dry in Barcelona, Spain, a city so parched there’s a €9,000 ($13,000) fine if you’re caught watering your flowers. A tanker ship docked there this month carrying 5 million gallons of precious fresh water – and officials are scrambling to line up more such shipments to slake public thirst.

Barcelona is not alone. Cyprus will ferry water from Greece this summer. Australian cities are buying water from that nation’s farmers and building desalination plants. Thirsty China plans to divert Himalayan water. And 18 million southern Californians are bracing for their first water-rationing in years.

For full article, visit:

Dawn of a Thirsty Century

June 5th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

The amount of water in the world is limited. The human race, and the other species which share the planet, cannot expect an infinite supply.

Water covers about two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, admittedly. But most is too salty for use.

Only 2.5% of the world’s water is not salty, and two-thirds of that is locked up in the icecaps and glaciers.

For full article, visit:

PMC Featured in E Magazine

June 4th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

PMC was recently featured in The Environmental Magazine. Below is a PDF file of the article (PMC is featured on page 31 under the heading “Taught By TV”)

Destination America – Immigration, the Environment and Big Population Numbers (PDF, 1,514 KB)