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David Suzuki on the Need to Stop Growth

January 5th, 2011 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Listen to David Suzuki’s interview on Living on Earth. You can link to the show at http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=10-P13-00051&segmentID=6

The summary of the show: Over the span of a lifetime, the world’s population has tripled and consumption has become a way of life. David Suzuki reflects on these changes in his new book “The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for Our Sustainable Future.” He tells host Steve Curwood that the path to a sustainable future is to stop elevating economy over ecology and to start imagining a brighter future.
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Talk of the Nation Special on Population January 6

January 3rd, 2011 by Chantelle Routhier | 1 Comment

Thanks to Joe Bish for this announcement.

NPR’s Talk of the Nation returns to National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters from 2-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 6 for a second free NG Live event and radio broadcast.

The first hour focuses on “The Next Two Billion: Can the Planet Take the Strain?” The past 50 years have seen the most rapid population growth in the course of human history. We are headed toward 9 billion people by mid-century. This at a time when rivers are drying up, forests are disappearing, soil is eroding, glaciers are melting, fish stocks are vanishing, and nearly a billion people are going hungry every day. How will the planet work with two billion more of us?
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World Population Infographic Tells a Shocking Story

December 18th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.

Nationwide moving service, ABF U-Pack Moving, recently conducted a research study focused on compiling data into a World Population Growth infographic entitled How Humans Run the Earth. This descriptive infographic serves as a visual representation of how the world’s vast population explosion over the past 60 years has dramatically affected the world we live in. The charts and graphs included in the World Population Growth infographic provide an intriguing look at where the world’s population lives, how they consume resources and how the world is likely to change over the next 40 years as the population continues to rapidly grow.

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Is population growth the underlying problem that tipped out an Australian state government?

December 17th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this article, preceded by his comment.

That’s not quite what the Melbourne Age’s economics editor Tim Colebatch is saying, but he comes close to it when he writes today:

…since Labor took power, Victoria’s population has grown by almost a million, close to 20 per cent. For those living in Victoria, hospital wards became overloaded, trains overcrowded, roads clogged. Assault rates rose, for several reasons, and people felt less secure. The cost of electricity, gas and water soared, mostly for reasons unrelated to state government. Labor made some mistaken choices that proved expensive. And it developed a habit of being less than honest with Victorians

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Town Limits & The Moral Right to Set Limits

December 4th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Tim Murray for sending me this article.

Is your town outgrowing the comfortable and friendly size that once made it an appealing place to work, raise a family or retire? Are you concerned about escalating traffic congestion, increased taxes, crime and the plethora of social ills that come with a rising population? Worried that the inexorable result of continual growth will be an urban sprawl which will eventually degrade or consume the natural places making your community so beautiful and special?

Bigger isn’t necessarily better. That’s what some communities are realizing as they stare into the ominous challenges that come with continual growth. So some are deliberately limiting their size to preserve those qualities that make them appealing and liveable.

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Not Written in Stone: Projections and Pledges

November 20th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Bob Walker for this blog posting.

Population Matters
Not Written in Stone: Projections and Pledges

October 5th, 2010

Many bright and otherwise well-informed people believe that population growth is a fait accompli. They accept without much thought or reservation the U.N. projection indicating that world population will grow to 9.1 billion by 2050. Few understand that the U.N.’s projection is just a medium variant, and that U.N. demographers also issued ‘low’ and ‘high’ variants showing population growing somewhere between 8 billion and 11 billion by mid-century.

August Comte, the French sociologist, once famously declared that “demography is destiny,” but he never said it was predestined. Fertility and mortality rates can easily defy projections. That’s why projections are not written in stone; they are frequently updated to take into account new data. Demographic projections, as demographers are found of saying, are not predictions.
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India/ China To Contribute Majority Of World Middle-Class Population By 2030

November 19th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article from Times of the Internet.

Recent financial and demographic studies have revealed that by the time the year 2030 comes around a majority of the middle class population of the world will be from China and India.

It has been estimated that the people of India and China will account for as much as 45 per cent of the middle class population of the world by the year 2030.

These stunning statistics have been recently brought to light by the financial book Southern Engines of Global Growth.

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Mother Nature Is Not Fooled By Euphemisms

November 18th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | 3 Comments

Many thanks to Tim Murray for this article by him.

Language as a tool of deception and self-destruction

As William Catton has observed, language is a double-edged sword. It can be employed to convey clear and accurate information or be an agent of obfuscation and manipulation. Since the tactics of deceit and camouflage are common to a cross section of species, Catton maintains that they must not be necessarily seen as a character flaw but instead be viewed objectively as a sometimes necessary adaptation to confuse predators and prey. As Churchill said, sometimes the truth must be protected by a bodyguard of lies. It is doubtful that the Normandy invasion would have succeeded without the fiendishly deceptive ploy of creating Patton’s phantom army. Perhaps the imperatives of group living in an hierarchical arrangement primed the primate brain for deceitful tactics, but in language we have developed a means to deceive even ourselves. Language has become a weapon of mass distraction and destruction. What was a competitive advantage of decisive importance in our ascendance may prove, ironically, to be the agent of our ultimate demise. When we are not using language to practice deceit, we amusing ourselves to extinction by “conjuring fictions with words”, as Catton put it, stupefied and inebriated by the opiate of escapist storytelling.
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Smart Growth: The Worst Kind of Sprawl?

September 4th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Tim Murray for this article by Rick Shea.

One of the fundamental principles of “Smart Growth” is to increase residential density by infill in existing areas, and by redeveloping existing residential areas more densely. The claim is that this will somehow create livable cities, reduce energy requirements and emissions, save farmland, and protect green space. Or, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts it, “density is (an) integral component to the creation of neighborhoods that offer convenience, value and a high quality of life.” (http://www.epa.gov/dced/density.htm)
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The fallacy of growth in a finite world

September 4th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Jack Hart for the following OpEd.

The headline on Page One of The Oregonian said it all: “Portland gridlock creeping back, and that’s good news.” The point? The return of bad traffic signals economic growth. And growth is good news, regardless of the consequences.

During these days of economic gloom, growth is especially good news. A hundred and seventy-five new NOAA jobs in Newport? Hooray! A new plan for vastly expanding Portland’s urban growth boundary? Fabulous! Boeing plans for a $120 million investment and 152 new jobs in Gresham? Yippee!

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