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November 21, 2011

The Link Between Population Growth and Government Unpopularity

November 21, 2011 — Many thanks to Kelvin Thomson (MP from Australia) and Tim Hamilton for this paper delivered by Kelvin at meetings in Washington, DC on October 3 and 4.  To download the talk, see https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeODI0OWRjMWItNmRhZi00NmNlLWEwMTAtOWY2NTdhZTU4MzIz&hl=en_US

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November 20, 2011

Catholic church in India says have more children

November 20, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. See: http://news.yahoo.com/catholic-church-india-says-more-children-111234252.html Catholic church in India says have more children October 11, 2011 Nirmala George, Associated Press Worried about its dwindling numbers, the Roman Catholic church in southern India is exhorting its flock to have more children,...

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November 20, 2011

India Journal: Overpopulation? I’ll Buy That

November 20, 2011 — Thanks to David Poindexter for this article. See: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/10/07/india-journal-overpopulation-i%E2%80%99ll-buy-that/ India Journal: Overpopulation? I’ll Buy That October 7, 2011, 10:42 AM IST By Ranjani Mohanty In the 1980s, before India’s economic revolution, there used to be ubiquitous billboards showing the ideal Indian family-a father, a...

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November 18, 2011

Keeping Girls in School: Addressing Early Marriage and Breaking Barriers to Reproductive Health Care

November 18, 2011 — From RH Reality Check: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/reader-diaries/2011/09/28/keeping-girls-school%E2%80%94addressing-early-marriage-breaking-barriers-reproductive-health-care Keeping Girls in School: Addressing Early Marriage and Breaking Barriers to Reproductive Health Care reader diary by LindaSuttenfield, Pathfinder International September 28, 2011 Haregnesh Abetneh is 20 and lives in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. At age three, she...

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November 17, 2011

Survey: Too Many Young People Worldwide Having Unprotected Sex

November 17, 2011 — From RH Reality Check.  See http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/09/27/survey-finds-young-people-around-globe-using-contraception Survey: Too Many Young People Worldwide Having Unprotected Sex by Martha Kempner, RH Reality Check September 27, 2011 Yesterday marked the Third Annual World Contraception Day (WCD). Held each year on September 26th, this worldwide campaign aims “to...

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November 16, 2011

A positive direction for the U.S. EPA – Let’s hope it gains momentum

November 16, 2011 — Thanks to Ed Barry, director of the Sustainable World Initiative (SWI) of the Population Institute, for this report he wrote of a meeting he attended at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/.  To download the report, visit http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13152. A positive...

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November 15, 2011

With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors

November 15, 2011 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/science/earth/01forest.html?_r=1&ref=justingillis With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors By JUSTIN GILLIS Published: October 1, 2011 WISE RIVER, Mont. – The trees spanning many of the mountainsides of western Montana glow an earthy red,...

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November 14, 2011

Everest’s ice is retreating as climate change grips the Himalayas

November 14, 2011 — From Population Matters. The climb to Everest base camp is a journey into a monochrome world, a landscape reduced to rock, ice and grey sky. The only spots of colour are the bright, domed tents of the few climbing teams willing to attempt the...

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November 14, 2011

7 Billion Emails: The Future of the Poplist

November 14, 2011 — To Subscribers of the Poplist: For the past several years, it has been my pleasure to send out many fascinating articles on sustainability issues, with an emphasis on population.  Initially, I intended to send only a few articles per year, but the volume of...

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November 14, 2011

Duggar No. 20 on the way

November 14, 2011 — From CNN.  See http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/08/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/duggars-expecting-20th-child-ppl/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7 If all of their offspring had 20 children each, after just ten generations (about 250 years), they would have … 10 trillion, 240 billion offspring.  That’s 10,240,000,000,000. Duggar No. 20 on the way Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of...

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November 14, 2011

Prince Charles warns of ‘sixth extinction event’

November 14, 2011 — Thanks to Todd Daniel for this article from The Telegraph.  Prince Charles and his father have spoken out often about concern over human population growth and our destruction of the environment.  See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8749863/Prince-Charles-warns-of-sixth-extinction-event.html Prince Charles warns of ‘sixth extinction event’ Mankind faces extinction, the...

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November 14, 2011

What Every Citizen Should Know About Our Planet

November 14, 2011 — Many thanks to Randolph Femmer for these links to various population materials and power points that you can freely download.  They can be found at these links: http://www.scribd.com/TheWecskaopProject http://www.scribd.com/Math_Resources http://www.calameo.com/accounts/676519 http://www.scribd.com/full/25205868?access_key=key-185oi1iak3v0apsejby0 http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/55268052?access_key=key-tov3iziacuwi8o8itf0 http://network.nature.com/groups/population/forum/topics

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November 11, 2011

UN to stop funding Philippine population plan

November 11, 2011 — From Population Matters on September 3, 2011. The country’s family planning program is in peril after the United Nations sounded off its plan to cut back its aid to the government’s population control program. Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin said that she was informed that...

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November 10, 2011

Soaring population swamps Kenya ambitions

November 10, 2011 — From the Financial Times. See: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d28e7442-e859-11e0-ab03-00144feab49a.html#axzz1a8mBp4pu Soaring population swamps Kenya ambitions September 29, 2011 4:50 pm Soaring population swamps Kenya ambitions By Katrina Manson in Nairobi Already father to 28 children, Ali Bare is keen for more. To the 46-year-old herder from north-eastern Kenya,...

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November 9, 2011

This economic collapse is a ‘crisis of bigness’

November 9, 2011 — Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article. Please see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/25/crisis-bigness-leopold-kohr This economic collapse is a ‘crisis of bigness’ Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded. We should have listened Paul Kingsnorth guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 September...

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November 8, 2011

OP-ED: Crowd control? Unsustainable population growth trumps all of our other problems

November 8, 2011 — OP-ED: Crowd control? Unsustainable population growth trumps all of our other problems Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011 Source: Los Angeles Times Author: Ellen Harte, Anne Ehrlich Think back on what you talked about with friends and family at your last gathering. The latest game...

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November 7, 2011

Drought: A Creeping Disaster

November 7, 2011 — From the NY Times. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/opinion/sunday/17drought.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss Opinion Drought: A Creeping Disaster By ALEX PRUD’HOMME Published: July 16, 2011 FLOODS, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other geological phenomena have left a trail of destruction during the first half of 2011. But this could be just the...

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November 7, 2011

Half the world’s working women are without basic legal rights, says UN

November 7, 2011 — See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/06/un-women-report-access-to-justice UN women report: Access to justice remains a work in progress Flagship report from the new UN agency shows there is a way to go before improvements in the legal position of women are translated into equality and justice for all Date:...

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November 5, 2011

Rising Temperatures Melting Away Global Food Security

November 5, 2011 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this article. See: http://www.earth-policy.org/book_bytes/2011/wotech4_ss3 Rising Temperatures Melting Away Global Food Security Earth Policy Release July 6, 2011 Heat waves clearly can destroy crop harvests. The world saw high heat decimate Russian wheat in 2010. Crop ecologists have found that...

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November 4, 2011

Deforestation reduces rainfall in Africa

November 4, 2011 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article. Please see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/press/releases/2011/23-rainfall.asp Deforestation reduces rainfall in Africa 19 September 2011 Deforestation in the rainforests of West Africa reduces rainfall over the rest of the forest, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters. The study...

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November 3, 2011

Africa Faces Explosive Population Growth

November 3, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. Please see: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56153 Africa Faces Explosive Population Growth By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20, 2011 (IPS) – The African continent, which is projected to make significant economic gains over the next decade, is in danger of...

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November 2, 2011

A Future of Price Spikes

November 2, 2011 — Thanks to Carter Dillard for this Time article.  See: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2083276,00.html Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011 A Future of Price Spikes By Michael Schuman Thomas Malthus lived in an era much like today’s – when emerging technologies made anything seem possible. The 19th century was approaching,...

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November 1, 2011

The Peak Oil Crisis: The German Army Report

November 1, 2011 — Thanks to John Coulter for this article from the Falls Church News Press.  See: www.fcnp.com/commentary/national/10158-the-peak-oil-crisis-the-german-army-report.html The Peak Oil Crisis: The German Army Report By Tom Whipple Wednesday, September 21 2011 06:49:43 PM In the last five or six years at least 20 major studies...

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October 31, 2011

DAY of SEVEN BILLION

October 31, 2011 — On this day of 7 billion, I send greetings to all on this list and thanks to Kathleene Parker for this OpEd.  See: http://www.canyoncountryzephyr.com/2011/10/02/day-of-seven-billion-by-kathleene-parker/ October 2, 2011 DAY of SEVEN BILLION by Kathleene Parker The United Nation’s choice of October 31, 2011, as the...

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October 30, 2011

What If Experts Are Wrong On World Population Growth?

October 30, 2011 — Thanks to George Plumb for this article. Please see: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/what_if_experts_are_wrong_on_world_population_growth/2444/ 19 Sep 2011: Analysis What If Experts Are Wrong On World Population Growth? A central tenet of demography is that global population will peak at 9 to 10 billion this century and then gradually...

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October 30, 2011

Jane Fonda says TOO MANY PEOPLE

October 30, 2011 — Thanks to Leon Kolankiewicz for this item from Jane Fonda’s blog, which you can see at http://janefonda.com/too-many-people/ TOO MANY PEOPLE May 07.11 There’s lots to worry about these days but you know what worries me most: the news I read day before yesterday that...

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October 28, 2011

Population gain will offset emissions cuts

October 28, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. Please see: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8271479/population-gain-will-offset-emissions-cuts Population gain will offset emissions cuts 12:49 AEST Mon Jul 11 2011 Cuts in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through the carbon tax and other measures will be negated by Australia’s growing population, a sustainable...

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October 27, 2011

Sleepwalking to Catastrophe

October 27, 2011 — Since October 31 is the Day of Seven Billion, now would be an excellent time for you to submit a letter to the editor to your local paper, linking global growth to a local growth issue that is currently in the news. Thanks to...

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October 26, 2011

Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy

October 26, 2011 — Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute for this article by Richard Heinberg.  For a PDF of this article, see http://www.postcarbon.org/Museletter/Museletter-232.pdf MuseLetter #232 / September 2011 by Richard Heinberg The September Museletter is comprised of two pieces related to my book ‘The End of Growth’....

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October 25, 2011

Bill Rees Lecture

October 25, 2011 — If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching a lecture by Bill Rees, inventor of the concept of the Ecological Footprint, you would find this talk of great interest.  See  http://home.comcast.net/~kurtzs/Bill_Rees_Video/Bill_Rees_Video.html.  Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this link.

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October 24, 2011

Learning from China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail

October 24, 2011 — Thank to Lester Brown for this article. See: http://www.earth-policy.org/data_highlights/2011/highlights18 Learning from China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail By Lester R. Brown, September 8 2011 For almost as long as I can remember we have been saying that the United States, with 5...

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October 24, 2011

Family planning: the unfinished agenda

October 24, 2011 — Thanks to Madeline Weld for this article from the Lancet by John Cleland, Stan Bernstein, Alex Ezeh, Anibal Faundes, Anna Glasier, and Jolene Innis that gets to the point quite directly about the problems of not paying enough attention to family planning.  Be sure...

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October 22, 2011

FOOD, LAND, POPULATION, AND THE U.S. ECONOMY

October 22, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. See: http://www.nvaged.org/americas-crises-in-energy-landwateragriculture-spells-out-substantial-tribal-wealth.htm America’s Crises in Energy LandWaterAgriculture Spells out Substantial Tribal Wealth Development By Terrance H. Booth, Sr. – Tsimshian Tribe HIGHLIGHTS OF “FOOD, LAND, POPULATION, AND THE U.S. ECONOMY” The following two pages are highlights of...

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October 21, 2011

Population bomb: 9 billion march to WWIII

October 21, 2011 — Thanks to Lee Gatewood for this article.  See http://www.marketwatch.com/story/population-bomb-9-billion-march-to-wwiii-2011-06-28 June 28, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EDT Population bomb: 9 billion march to WWIII Commentary: Can anyone halt this economic explosive? By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) – Sshh. Don’t tell anyone....

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October 20, 2011

Fastest Sea-Level Rise in Two Millennia Linked to Increasing Temperatures

October 20, 2011 — From Yale University.  See: http://news.yale.edu/2011/06/20/fastest-sea-level-rise-two-millennia-linked-increasing-temperatures Fastest Sea-Level Rise in Two Millennia Linked to Increasing Temperatures posted: June 20, 2011 An international research team has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in...

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October 19, 2011

7 Billion People in 2011 – Award-Winning Film Shows Why We Should Care

October 19, 2011 — 7 Billion People in 2011 – Award-Winning Film Shows Why We Should Care (See the last paragraph for purchase or rental information) http://muvi.es/425/2311 August 31, 2011 Denver, Colorado – Award-winning environmental filmmakers are releasing Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, a film on sustainability, over-consumption...

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October 18, 2011

Population 7 Billion: It’s Time to Talk – WEBCHAT

October 18, 2011 — I am pleased to invite you to join in a live web-chat tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19th at 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT). I will be joined by Julia Whitty, environmental correspondent for Mother Jones Magazine and Bob Walker, executive vice-president of the Population Institute, as...

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October 17, 2011

Cartoon by Tim Newcomb

October 17, 2011 — Many thanks to Tim Newcomb for this cartoon, published by Vermont’s Seven Days newspaper.

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October 17, 2011

Of Rights and Resilience: Why Women’s Rights are Key to Thriving in the Age of the “Black Swan”

October 17, 2011 — Thanks to Laurie Mazur for this article from RH Reality Check.  See: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/08/02/rights-resilience-women-rights-thriving-black-swan%E2%80%9D Of Rights and Resilience: Why Women’s Rights are Key to Thriving in the Age of the “Black Swan” by Laurie Mazur August 11, 2011 – 9:20am This fall, world population will...

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October 15, 2011

Additional Population Articles

October 15, 2011 — Population Matters in the UK is now issuing daily emails.  You can read it or subscribe at http://populationmatters.org/news/newswatch/ Richard Ottaway informed me that Dr. Devendra Kothari, a  Professor of Population Program Management started a blog to discuss population and development issues in India on...

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October 14, 2011

Different Aspects of Poverty

October 14, 2011 — Thanks to Jane Roberts for this piece. See (pdf): http://www.ladybugflights.com/pdf/featured.pdf Different Aspects of Poverty from Jane Roberts Poverty is a relative concept. I would feel deprived if in my 70th year, I couldn’t go out and play golf twice a week at a total...

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October 13, 2011

Preserving 4 Percent of the Ocean Could Protect Most Marine Mammal Species, Study Finds

October 13, 2011 — Thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity for this article.  See: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2011/science-daily-08-30-2011.html Science Daily, August 30, 2011 Preserving 4 Percent of the Ocean Could Protect Most Marine Mammal Species, Study Finds Preserving just 4 percent of the ocean could protect crucial habitat for the...

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October 12, 2011

Consume Less

October 12, 2011 — Thanks to Richard Grossman for this OpEd. Consume Less © Richard Grossman MD, 2011 There is something you can do that is likely to make you happier, healthier, save money and lessen your impact on the planet. What is it? Consume less by practicing...

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October 11, 2011

A ‘no-growth’ boom will follow 2012 global crash

October 11, 2011 — Thanks to Fred Brown for this article.  See: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-no-growth-boom-will-follow-2012-global-crash-2011-08-23 Aug. 23, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EDT A ‘no-growth’ boom will follow 2012 global crash Commentary: 20 promising sectors for post-crash investors By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) – There is a...

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October 10, 2011

A 20-rule manifesto for New No-Growth Economics

October 10, 2011 — Thanks to Dan Jones and Fred Brown for this article.  See: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-20-rule-manifesto-for-new-no-growth-economics-2011-08-30?pagenumber=1 Aug. 30, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EDT A 20-rule manifesto for New No-Growth Economics Commentary: Classical economics is fatally flawed By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) – Yes, a...

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October 10, 2011

Sustainable Shrinkage: Envisioning a Smaller, Stronger Economy

October 10, 2011 — From the August issue of Solutions Magazine.  See: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/968 Sustainable Shrinkage: Envisioning a Smaller, Stronger Economy By Ernest Callenbach In 1987 when the United Nations’ Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, appeared to worldwide fanfare, its slogan of “sustainable development” reassured environmentalists, who focused on...

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October 10, 2011

Petroleum and Population

October 10, 2011 — Petroleum and Population Peter Goodchild In The Coming Chaos (Abridged) I make two claims, which at first might seem hard to integrate with one another. Whether or not the claims are proven (which must be determined by examining the whole argument), there are at...

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October 10, 2011

A Time Frame for Systemic Collapse

October 10, 2011 — Back in November, I distributed Peter Goodchild’s “The Coming Chaos.”  The summary that follows is worth reading. A Time Frame for Systemic Collapse Peter Goodchild A time frame for systemic collapse can be extrapolated easily from the on-line document The Coming Chaos, an abridgement...

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October 7, 2011

Adjusting the economy to the new energy realities of the second half of the age of oil

October 7, 2011 — Many thanks to Charlie Hall for his article, “Adjusting the economy to the new energy realities of the second half of the age of oil,” co-written with David Murphy.  To download the paper, visit https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeN2ZkMjVjOTYtNWRjOS00ZDY3LWE2MjItZDQ3NDhjOGUwNGQ3&hl=en_US

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October 6, 2011

CLIMATE SHOCK: UC-Berkeley Scientist, Dr. John Harte, Puts the World on Notice

October 6, 2011 — Thanks to Jane Delson for this interview by Michael Tobias with Dr. John Harte of the University of California Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management.  Dr. Harte has been at the forefront, for decades, of some of the most important studies pertaining...

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October 2, 2011

Witches’ Hats theory of government

October 2, 2011 — Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this paper by Australian Labor MP Kelvin Thomson, in which he proposes his “Witches’ Hats” theory of government — a theory that places central importance on rates of population growth.  To download the paper, visit https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeZTY1NWFlMjEtZWQyMS00MWY1LTljOGEtOGFhOTQ0NTBjZTg5&hl=en_US Democratic politicians, says...

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October 1, 2011

The World at Seven Billion: Global Milestone A Reflection of Individual Needs

October 1, 2011 — Thanks to Emily Frazier for this important article.  See  http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/14/3/gpr140302.html For the full report, see http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/Contraceptive-Technologies.pdf Guttmacher Policy Review Summer 2011, Volume 14, Number 3 The World at Seven Billion: Global Milestone A Reflection of Individual Needs By Susan A. Cohen According to the...

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September 30, 2011

From 6 Billion to 7 Billion: How Population Growth is Changing and Challenging our World

September 30, 2011 — Bob Walker of the Population Institute has compiled a landmark report on how the world of 7 billion is dramatically different from the world of 6 billion only 12 years ago.  It’s one of the most important population reports I have seen in a...

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September 29, 2011

Global Warming May Cause Higher Loss of Biodiversity Than Previously Thought

September 29, 2011 — Thanks to Madeline Weld for this article from Science Daily. See: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110824091146.htm Global Warming May Cause Higher Loss of Biodiversity Than Previously Thought ScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2011) – If global warming continues as expected, it is estimated that almost a third of all flora...

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September 28, 2011

Homo sapiens are wise in name only

September 28, 2011 — Thanks to Jenny Goldie of Sustainable Population Australia for this article from the Canberra Times.  See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/homo-sapiens-are-wise-in-name-only/2263875.aspx.  Be sure to read Jenny’s letter to the editor that follows the article. Homo sapiens are wise in name only BY JULIAN CRIBB 19 Aug, 2011 04:00...

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September 27, 2011

Expanding Deserts, Falling Water Tables, and Toxic Pollutants Driving People from Their Homes

September 27, 2011 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article. See: http://www.earth-policy.org/book_bytes/2011/wotech6_ss2 Expanding Deserts, Falling Water Tables, and Toxic Pollutants Driving People from Their Homes By Lester R. Brown People do not normally leave their homes, their families, and their communities unless they have no other option....

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September 26, 2011

The End of Growth

September 26, 2011 — Bestselling author Richard Heinberg has a new book, “The End of Growth.” Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators and best-selling authors, has just published his latest book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (New Society Publishers, August 2011). ...

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September 26, 2011

Countries Slow to Use Global Fund Grants to Fund Contraceptives: A Call-to-Action for Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Advocates

September 26, 2011 — Thanks to Suzy Sacher of JSI for this article regarding the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Countries Slow to Use Global Fund Grants to Fund Contraceptives: A Call-to-Action for Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Advocates Family planning programs are often chronically underfunded, and...

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September 26, 2011

Water crisis, population surge prompt rethink on food: UN

September 26, 2011 — Interesting that reducing population growth does not enter the discussion: Water crisis, population surge prompt rethink on food: UN Date: Monday, August 22, 2011 Source: Agence France Presse Population growth and water stress are driving Earth to a food and environmental crunch that only...

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September 23, 2011

GROWTH OF URBAN AREAS POSES LONG-TERM THREATS

September 23, 2011 — Thanks to Nick Rust for this article. Please see: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/growth_of_urban_areas_poses_long-term_threats_study_says/3095/ e360 digest 22 Aug 2011 Growth of Urban Areas Poses Long-Term Threats, Study Says A new study says the explosive growth of urban areas worldwide over the next two decades poses significant risks to...

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September 22, 2011

Post Growth Institute’s Submission to the Australian government for a Sustainable Population Policy

September 22, 2011 — Thanks to Dave Gardner for this link to the Post Growth Institute’s submission to the Australian government when it was formulating its new population “policy.” It’s a thorough collection of reasons to stop pursuing both population and economic growth. http://www.environment.gov.au/sustainability/population/consultation/submissions/pubs/0194.pdf

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September 21, 2011

Book: Seeds of Destruction

September 21, 2011 — Thanks to Allan Hendry for this information about his new book. Seeds of Destruction This new eco-thriller, although a page-turning read aimed at the popular market, nevertheless carries powerful messages about ecology and population. Very readable, complex, high in action and set internationally, it...

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September 20, 2011

What it takes to address really big problems

September 20, 2011 — Thanks to Jack Alpert for this article.  See: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=115×299292 What it takes to address really big problems by Bodhisantra Paul Chefurka on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 2:08pm This morning I read a fascinating story on a financial investment site. It’s an article about...

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September 19, 2011

Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Passes De Facto Tipping Point. Thanks to Deniers, Media Blow The Story, Again

September 19, 2011 — From http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/08/09/291788/arctic-death-spiral-sea-ice-tipping-point/ with thanks to Rod Abbott. Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Passes De Facto Tipping Point. Thanks to Deniers, Media Blow The Story, Again Joe Romm on Aug 9, 2011 at 4:02 Arctic sea ice volume by month in cubic kilometers. The bottom...

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September 19, 2011

Blog Debunks 13-Year-Old Scientist’s Solar Power Breakthrough

September 19, 2011 — Thanks to Bryan Thompson for the information that the previous post went beyond reality.  See http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/08/blog-debunks-13-year-old-scientists-solar-power-breakthrough/41520/ Blog Debunks 13-Year-Old Scientist’s Solar Power Breakthrough Ujala Sehgal, Aug 20, 2011 A 13-year-old who, observing trees, takes it upon himself to read up on the Fibonacci series...

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September 19, 2011

13-Year-Old Designs Super-Efficient Solar Array Based on the Fibonacci Sequence

September 19, 2011 — Thanks to Cathy Borer for this article.  See http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-08/13-year-old-designs-breakthrough-solar-array-based-fibonacci-sequence NOTE: Please also see a follow up article, titled Blog Debunks 13-Year-Old Scientist’s Solar Power Breakthrough: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/08/blog-debunks-13-year-old-scientists-solar-power-breakthrough/41520/ 13-Year-Old Designs Super-Efficient Solar Array Based on the Fibonacci Sequence By Rebecca Boyle, Posted 08.19.2011 at 11:48 am...

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September 19, 2011

Warming Planet Pushing Species Out of Habitats Quicker Than Expected

September 19, 2011 — From Live Science. See: http://www.livescience.com/15640-species-shifting-climate-change.html Warming Planet Pushing Species Out of Habitats Quicker Than Expected Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Date: 18 August 2011 Time: 02:00 PM ET If you can’t take the heat, get out of the habitat. That’s exactly what many species...

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September 16, 2011

Greenland Glacier Shows Record Losses in 2010 and 2011

September 16, 2011 — From Live Science. See: http://www.livescience.com/15654-greenland-glacier-record-melt.html Greenland Glacier Shows Record Losses in 2010 and 2011 Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Date: 19 August 2011 Time: 10:46 AM ET Greenland’s glaciers keep shrinking as higher surface temperatures have created record mass losses in 2010 and 2011,...

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September 15, 2011

Planet Under Siege: Family Planning Critics Soon To See Global Population Reach 7,000,000,000

September 15, 2011 — Thanks to Jane Morrison for this article.  See: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltobias/2011/08/18/planet-under-siege-family-planning-critics-soon-to-see-global-population-reach-7000000000/ Planet Under Siege: Family Planning Critics Soon To See Global Population Reach 7,000,000,000 By Michael Tobias August 18, 2011 On August 18th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified as Tennessee clinched...

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September 14, 2011

Machisma: How a mix of female empowerment and steamy soap operas helped bring down Brazil’s fertility rate and stoke its vibrant economy

September 14, 2011 — Thanks to Cecelia Angelone for this article. See http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/09/girl-power/gorney-text. As you may know, Population Media Center’s office in Brazil works closely with TV Globo, and the head of TV Globo’s Social Merchandising Division serves on Population Media Center’s Program Advisory Board. This article is...

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September 13, 2011

Confluence of Gender Equality and Clean Energy

September 13, 2011 — At http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv07n08page1.html you can download articles from Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development. The August 2011 issue has been posted. Theme – Confluence of Gender Equality and Clean Energy SUMMARY This issue continues the series on gender equality and clean energy. There...

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September 12, 2011

Family planning a ‘sacred’ choice for 82% of Pinoys

September 12, 2011 — From GMA News in Manila.  See http://www.gmanews.tv/story/228819/nation/sws-family-planning-a-sacred-choice-for-82-of-pinoys SWS: Family planning a ‘sacred’ choice for 82% of Pinoys 08/09/2011 | 08:27 AM Four out of the five Filipinos, or 82 percent, recently surveyed by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) consider family planning as a “sacred”...

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September 12, 2011

God’s Blog

September 12, 2011 — Thanks to Leta Finch for this article from The New Yorker.  See: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2011/08/08/110808sh_shouts_simms God’s Blog Paul Simms UPDATE: Pretty pleased with what I’ve come up with in just six days. Going to take tomorrow off. Feel free to check out what I’ve done so...

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September 12, 2011

Idea suggests 3G entertainment to control Population rise in India

September 12, 2011 — See: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/idea-suggests-3g-entertainment-to-control-population-rise-in-india/443924/ Idea suggests 3G entertainment to control Population rise in India Announcement / Corporate July 25, 2011, 15:05 IST Don’t we all remember the last time a treacherous power-cut, in the middle of our favorite one-day match or TV soap ruined the mood, forcing...

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September 9, 2011

Rebuttal: Saving Species From Extinction Is No Mere ‘Distraction’

September 9, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. See: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/31-4 Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by CommonDreams.org Rebuttal: Saving Species From Extinction Is No Mere ‘Distraction’ by Amy Harwood In Besty Hartmann’s post The Great Distraction: ‘Overpopulation’ Is Back (8/30/11), she boldly charges the...

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September 8, 2011

Global food crisis: China land deal causes unease in Argentina

September 8, 2011 — Thanks to Jack Alpert for this article from The Guardian.  See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/01/china-land-deal-unease-argentina-agribusiness Global Food Crisis: China Land Deal Causes Unease in Argentina Felicity Lawrence 1 June 2011 A Chinese agribusiness firm is to buy a large swath of land in Patagonia. Critics fear it...

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September 7, 2011

Hunger in a land of plenty as global elites harvest a banana and biofuel bounty

September 7, 2011 — Hunger in a land of plenty as global elites harvest a banana and biofuel bounty See http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx Date: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 Source: The Guardian (UK) Author: Felicity Lawrence Domingo Tamupsis works as a harvester on a Guatemalan sugar plantation for a firm that...

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September 6, 2011

Why is George Soros selling gold and buying farmland?

September 6, 2011 — Thanks to Shyla Nelson for this article. See: http://www.naturalnews.com/033319_food_prices_farmland.html#ixzz1V30GDch8 Why is George Soros selling gold and buying farmland? Sunday, August 14, 2011 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com (NaturalNews) Food prices are skyrocketing all across the globe, and there’s no end...

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September 5, 2011

Reality vs. Wishful Thinking

September 5, 2011 — Thanks to Tim Murray for this short essay.  For more on the work of Chris Clugston, referenced below, see https://www.populationmedia.org/?s=%22Chris+Clugston%22.  For more of Tim Murray’s writings, see https://www.populationmedia.org/?s=%22Tim+Murray%22. REALITY VS. WISHFUL THINKING When I first encountered Chris Clugston’s work some three years ago, it...

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September 5, 2011

What is Going On?

September 5, 2011 — Thanks to Charles Hall for this article.  See  http://questioneverything.typepad.com/ August 13, 2011 George Mobus (for background on him, see http://faculty.washington.edu/gmobus/) What is Going On? Unless you’ve had your head in the sand you cannot help but be wondering what is going on. Or, if...

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September 5, 2011

Supply, Demand And Marriage

September 5, 2011 — From the New York Times.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/business/economy/marriage-and-the-law-of-supply-and-demand.html Supply, Demand and Marriage Date: Sunday, August 07, 2011 Source: The New York Times Author: ROBERT H. FRANK IN some cultures, romance isn’t nearly as important as cash when it comes to choosing a marriage partner. And...

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September 2, 2011

Feeding A Hotter, More Crowded Planet

September 2, 2011 — Thanks to Jenny Goldie for this NPR interview.  To listen to the broadcast, visit http://www.npr.org/2011/08/12/139579616/feeding-a-hotter-more-crowded-planet.  Below is a transcript of the opening of the program.  For the full transcript, visit https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeYWNjYzIxYjEtMzhjYi00NjM3LThmMGYtNGUzN2U4MzA5Mjg3&hl=en_US Feeding A Hotter, More Crowded Planet August 12, 2011 Nearly a billion people...

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September 1, 2011

Jeremy Grantham–Investing, Population, Environment

September 1, 2011 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/magazine/can-jeremy-grantham-profit-from-ecological-mayhem.html Can Jeremy Grantham Profit From Ecological Mayhem? By CARLO ROTELLA Published: August 11, 2011 Sitting in a Panera in Boston’s financial district in early July with Jeremy Grantham, I suddenly found myself considering how I...

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August 31, 2011

The idiocy of endless growth

August 31, 2011 — Today is the 40th anniversary of my full time work in the field of population and family planning.  Four decades of continuous work in this field has been a very interesting ride – one that becomes more interesting every day.  The challenges that come with...

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August 30, 2011

Need to Know PBS Show on Population

August 30, 2011 — Thanks to Betsy Rate of WNET News for this link to the TV show they developed for World Population Day.  See http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/environment/video-standing-room-only/10477/to watch the video.  Also see http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/video-phillip-longman-and-julia-whitty-on-the-population-conversation/10478/ for a discussion with Julia Whitty of Mother Jones and Phillip Longman of the New America...

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August 29, 2011

The Peak Oil Crisis: An Announcement

August 29, 2011 — Many thanks to Jack Alpert for this fascinating article, which recognizes the population issue.  See http://www.fcnp.com/commentary/national/9335-the-peak-oil-crisis-an-announcement.html The Peak Oil Crisis: An Announcement Posted Jun 2, 2011 by Tom Whipple With little fanfare, a press release appeared last week on the website of the UK Industry Taskforce...

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August 29, 2011

Future of Natural Gas as an Energy Source

August 29, 2011 — Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute for this report on the reality regarding natural gas as an energy source in the future.  A scathing introduction by Richard Heinberg, found at http://www.postcarbon.org/article/330223-foreword-will-natural-gas-fuel-america is found below, with a link to download the report. FOREWORD: Will Natural...

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August 29, 2011

Supplements to Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?

August 29, 2011 — Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute for this set of supplementary reports on the report, Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century? On May 12th PCI released Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?. Written by PCI Fellow J. David...

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August 26, 2011

Will Natural Gas Fuel America?

August 26, 2011 — Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute for this report.  See http://templatelab.com/Climate-Change-Synthesis-Report/. A detailed new energy report argues that the natural gas industry has propagated dangerously false claims about natural gas production supply, cost and environmental impact. The report, “Will Natural Gas Fuel America in...

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August 25, 2011

Peak Coal This Year?

August 25, 2011 — Thanks to Jan Steinman for this article.  See http://www.declineoftheempire.com/2011/05/peak-coal-this-year.html, where you can watch a 20-minute talk on coal supply constraints in the U.S. 05/12/2011 Peak Coal This Year? In August last year, the journal Energy published A global coal production forecast with multi-Hubbert cycle...

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August 24, 2011

The Imminent Crash Of Oil Supply

August 24, 2011 — Thanks to Emily Spence for this article.  See  http://www.countercurrents.org/arguimbau230410.htm The Imminent Crash Of Oil Supply: Be Afraid By Nicholas C. Arguimbau 23 April, 2010 Countercurrents.org What is going to happen and how it came to pass that we weren’t forewarned Look at this graph...

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August 23, 2011

The psychological roots of resource over-consumption

August 23, 2011 — Thanks to Nate Hagens for his article, which appears in the book, Fleeing Vesuvius. See  http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7901 for the full table of contents of the book, which has such sections as Energy Availability; Innovation in Business, Money and Finance; New Ways of Using the Land;...

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August 22, 2011

Ongoing Global Biodiversity Loss Unstoppable With Protected Areas Alone

August 22, 2011 — Thanks to Nick Rust for this very important article. See: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110728123059.htm For the full report, visit http://www.int-res.com/articles/theme/m434p251.pdf Ongoing Global Biodiversity Loss Unstoppable With Protected Areas Alone ScienceDaily (July 29, 2011) – Continued reliance on a strategy of setting aside land and marine territories as...

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August 22, 2011

Gore Promoting Fewer Children to Curb Pollution

August 22, 2011 — From The Daily Caller.  See http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/21/gore-promoting-fewer-children-to-curb-pollution/ where you can see a video of Gore speaking on population. Gore Promoting Fewer Children to Curb Pollution Published: 7:42 PM 06/21/2011  Updated: 1:51 PM 06/25/2011 The global warming debate has always been a touchy one for both...

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August 22, 2011

Al Gore: Stabilize population to combat global warming

August 22, 2011 — Thanks to Denis Garnier, Chair of Démographie Responsible in France, for this article by Al Gore. See: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/al-gore-climate-change-population-contraception-fertility.html?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150349920018858_19677422_10150363746563858&ref=notif&notif_t=open_graph_comment#f19bbf48c1a4697 Al Gore: Stabilize population to combat global warming June 22, 2011  10:52am From the safety of the political sidelines, former Vice President Al Gore is venturing into...

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August 22, 2011

Special Issue of Science Magazine on Population

August 22, 2011 — Thanks to Vicky Markham for alerting me to the new special Issue of Science magazine on “Population”.  Link to the table of contents at http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/population/index.xhtml.  You will need a subscription to see most of the full articles.  In the 29 July 2011 issue, Science...

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August 19, 2011

Insurers to be Required to Cover Contraception

August 19, 2011 — Thanks to Joyce Johnson for this article. See: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/01/free.birth.control/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 HHS announces free birth control for women By Sabriya Rice, CNN Medical Producer August 1, 2011 9:59 a.m. EDT (CNN) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday...

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August 18, 2011

Reading the World In a Loaf of Bread

August 18, 2011 — Thanks to Christian Parenti, author of the just published Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, (Nation Books), for this article by him.  See: http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175419/ Reading the World In a Loaf of Bread Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and...

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August 17, 2011

More than 1 billion tons of food lost or wasted every year

August 17, 2011 — From the UN News Centre.  See: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38344&Cr=fao&Cr1= More than 1 billion tons of food lost or wasted every year, UN-backed report finds About one third of food produced for humans is lost or wasted 11 May 2011 About a third of all the food...

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August 16, 2011

FAMILY PLANNING AS A STRATEGIC FOCUS OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

August 16, 2011 — Thanks to Schuyler Null for letting me know about this publication by Elizabeth Madsen. FAMILY PLANNING AS A STRATEGIC FOCUS OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY Population Action International’s Elizabeth Leahy Madsen explores population-security links for CFR.  To download the report, visit http://newsecuritybeat.blogspot.com/2011/05/family-planning-as-strategic-focus-of.html Overview Comprehensive policies...

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August 11, 2011

2011 World Population Data Sheet

August 11, 2011 — From the Population Reference Bureau.  To download your copy of the World Population Data Sheet, link to http://www.prb.org/pdf11/2011population-data-sheet_eng.pdf 2011 World Population Data Sheet Global population will reach 7 billion later in 2011, just 12 years after reaching 6 billion in 1999. Today’s world population...

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August 10, 2011

A Cybernetic Approach to Economics

August 10, 2011 — Thanks to Steve Salmony for sending this article.  To download it, link to https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeY2YzZTlmMTAtNjRhMC00NDQzLTg2NTItODc0NmI4MTdmYTc5&hl=en_US

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August 9, 2011

William Rees: Toward a Sustainable World Economy

August 9, 2011 — Thanks to Bill Rees for this paper he delivered at this year’s Bretton Woods INET Conference.  To download the paper, visit: https://docs.google.com/a/necsp.org/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeMTE3ZDFkMmEtNzk4Ni00ZmNhLWE3MzMtNTZmYTcyNWE4MmEx&hl=en_US&pli=1

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August 8, 2011

“You Are A Man. Why Are You Interested in Family Planning?”

August 8, 2011 — From RH Reality Check. See: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/05/18/interested-family-planning “You Are A Man. Why Are You Interested in Family Planning?” By Peter Belden, Hewlett Foundation May 18, 2011 – 2:59pm It happens frequently when I meet someone new.  We each say what work we do, and then...

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August 8, 2011

Chernobyl Expert Warns of Dire Consequences

August 8, 2011 — Thanks to Charlie Hall for the following press release. See: https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/03/25-4 March 25, 2011 3:05 PM Linda Gunter, International Specialist, Media Director (301) 270-2209 x 2 (o) TAKOMA PARK, MD, March 25 Russian Chernobyl Expert Warns of Dire Consequences for Health Around Fukushima Dense...

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August 8, 2011

Japan’s Food Chain Threat

August 8, 2011 — From Bloomberg News: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=syndmedia_news&sid=afs5eGr1ZG14&refer=syndmedia%0A%09%09%09 Japan’s Food Chain Threat Multiplies as Radiation Spreads July 25 (Bloomberg) — Radiation fallout from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant poses a growing threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were...

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August 8, 2011

Beware the ‘Grey Swan’

August 8, 2011 — Thanks to Bob Walker for this OpEd from the Huffington Post.  See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-walker/beware-the-grey-swan_b_863237.html Beware The ‘Grey Swan’ Robert Walker Executive Vice-President, Population Institute Ever since Nassim Taleb penned “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable,” it’s been fashionable to classify various catastrophes...

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August 5, 2011

Population Strategy – A Missed Opportunity

August 5, 2011 — Thanks to Australian MP Kelvin Thomson for his response to the government’s population strategy.  You can see the comments on Kelvin’s statement at http://kelvinthomson.blogspot.com/2011/05/population-strategy-missed-opportunity.html Saturday, May 14, 2011 Population Strategy – A Missed Opportunity COMMENTS ON SUSTAINABLE POPULATION STRATEGY The Government’s population strategy represents...

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August 4, 2011

The UN 2010 Population Projections: A Proposal

August 4, 2011 — Thanks to Lindsey Grant for his very creative proposal as to how the UN can bring its population projections into line with the realities of energy, food and water scarcities.  To download his new NPG Forum paper, The UN 2010 Population Projections:  A Proposal,...

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August 3, 2011

Running Dry

August 3, 2011 — How can anyone believe that population is not an issue after watching this 20-minute video?  See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3LH_2ur2LE Running Dry This documentary explores the growing global water crisis.  The solutions part of it seems somewhat pie in the sky.

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August 2, 2011

THE BIG CHOICE: Economic Destruction or Ecological Destruction

August 2, 2011 — Thanks to Will Raap for this article.  See http://www.capitalinstitute.org/blog/big-choice-0 To download the full report, visit: http://www.carbontracker.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/07/Unburnable-Carbon-Full-rev2.pdf The Big Choice Submitted by John Fullerton on Tue, 07/19/2011 – 12:47 Author: John Fullerton – A $20 trillion “externality” appears to present civilization with its BIG CHOICE:...

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August 1, 2011

Unintended Pregnancies Cost Government $11 Billion a Year

August 1, 2011 — See: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704904604576333812220890544.html Unplanned Pregnancies Cost Government $11 Billion a Year Date: Friday, May 20, 2011 Source: Wall Street Journal Author: Kristina Peterson To the list of hot-button ideas for reducing the federal government’s budget deficit, add one more: stopping unwanted pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies likely...

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August 1, 2011

Unplanned pregnancies at 40%

August 1, 2011 — Your friends can now join the Poplist from their cell phones by texting POPLIST to 22828. From USA Today.  See http://yourlife.usatoday.com/parenting-family/pregnancy/story/2011/05/40-of-pregnancies-across-USA-unplanned-study-finds/47316772/1. Unplanned pregnancies at 40% Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011 Source: USA TODAY Author: Sharon Jayson About 40% of pregnancies across the USA were...

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August 1, 2011

Too Young to Wed: The secret world of child brides

August 1, 2011 — Thanks to Jane Roberts for this article from the June issue of National Geographic.  See http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/child-brides/gorney-text Too Young to Wed: The secret world of child brides By Cynthia Gorney Photograph by Stephanie Sinclair Because the wedding was illegal and a secret, except to the...

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August 1, 2011

Rapes Total In Millions In Congo, Study Finds

August 1, 2011 — From the New York Times.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/world/africa/12congo.html for links to the original study. Rapes Total In Millions In Congo, Study Finds Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 Source: The New York Times Author: Jeffrey Gettleman A new study in The American Journal of Public Health,...

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July 29, 2011

The World at 7 Billion: Can We Stop Growing Now?

July 29, 2011 — The following was originally published in Yale Environment 360. See: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_world_at_7_billion_can_we_stop_growing_now/2426/ The World at 7 Billion: Can We Stop Growing Now? With global population expected to surpass 7 billion people this year, the staggering impact on an overtaxed planet is becoming more and more...

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July 28, 2011

Panel Recommends Coverage for Contraception

July 28, 2011 — Thanks to Elizabeth Westley of the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception for this article.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/health/policy/20health.html?_r=2&ref=health Panel Recommends Coverage for Contraception By Robert Pear Published: July 19, 2011 WASHINGTON – A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to...

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July 27, 2011

Award-Winning Population Film Available for Grassroots Screenings

July 27, 2011 — Thanks to Joyce Johnson of Tiroir A Films for this announcement. New Award-Winning Population Film Available for Grassroots Screenings to Go With the 7 Billion Historic Milestone This Fall July 12th, 2011 Denver, Colorado – On October 31st the UN will announce the 7...

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July 26, 2011

Predator Loss Can Start Food-Chain Reaction

July 26, 2011 — Originally from USA Today. See: http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=79373 Predator Loss Can Start Food-Chain Reaction By Elizabeth Weise July 15, 2011 11:39AM A new study is suggesting that humans’ destruction of predators at the top of the food chain creates an unpredictable cascade of effects. The loss...

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July 25, 2011

MAN SWARM AND THE KILLING OF WILDLIFE

July 25, 2011 — Thanks to Dave Foreman and Christianne Hinks for this announcement about Dave’s latest book. Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife The population bomb did not fizzle. It blew up. It is still blowing up. WORLD POPULATION: 1960: 3 Billion Today: 7 Billion 2050:...

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July 25, 2011

GrowthBusters World Premiere Announcement

July 25, 2011 — Thanks to Dave Gardner for this announcement. SAVE THE DATE: The much anticipated documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, from filmmaker Dave Gardner, has announced plans for a world premiere in Washington DC in late October – most likely October 24 or 25. This film explores...

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July 25, 2011

Amazing Stories on Animal Behavior, Two of Two

July 25, 2011 — Thanks to Marna Ehrech for this article.  See http://www.sott.net/articles/show/230950-Elk-and-safety-Zookeepers-stunned-as-elk-rescues-drowning-marmot-from-watery-death where you can see the amazing photos of this rescue. Elk and Safety: Zookeepers Stunned as Elk Rescues Drowning Marmot from Watery Death Daily Mail Fri, 01 Jul2011, 08:07 CDT Keepers at Pocatello Zoo, Idaho,...

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July 25, 2011

Amazing Stories on Animal Behavior, One of Two

July 25, 2011 — Today, I am sending two stories on animal behavior.  The first one is found at http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110701/HOME05/307010003/What-our-pets-think-us What Out Pets Think of Us By Steve Dale July 1-3, 2011-07-03 Thor nibbled on his owner’s ear. The pit bull worked hard to awaken Kemper Hunter and...

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July 22, 2011

Oceans ‘dying very quickly’

July 22, 2011 — Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article.  See http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1420451 Oceans ‘dying very quickly’ July 2, 2011 Derek Hatfield has noticed drastic changes in world’s water bodies during long-distance races by Chris Morris, Times & Transcript Staff Derek Hatfield has always known about the loneliness...

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July 21, 2011

Seven Billion Souls and Counting: The Issue We Won’t Discuss

July 21, 2011 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article. See: http://citiwire.net/post/2798/ Seven Billion Sould and Counting: The Issues We Don’t Discuss Neal Peirce / Jul 01 2011 For Release Sunday, July 3, 2011 © 2011 Washington Post Writers Group The population of Planet Earth is now...

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July 20, 2011

David Attenborough: This Heaving Planet

July 20, 2011 — Thanks to Population Matters for this article by Sir David Attenborough.  See http://www.newstatesman.com/environment/2011/04/human-population-essay-food This Heaving Planet By David Attenborough April 27, 2011 Half a century ago, the WWF was formed to help save endangered animals. Today, it’s human beings who are increasingly at risk,...

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July 19, 2011

Our Profound Choice: 7 Billion Reasons to Invest in Family Planning

July 19, 2011 — From the May 2011 issue of Population Connection’s The Reporter.  See http://www.populationconnection.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8051 to download the full magazine. Our Profound Choice: 7 Billion Reasons to Invest in Family Planning By Martha Campbell and Malcolm Potts As the global human population reaches 7 billion later this...

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July 18, 2011

Natural Gas Extraction Causes Methane Contamination of Drinking Water and May Cause Earthquakes

July 18, 2011 — Thanks to Leon Kolankiewicz for an article (“Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing”) that provides systematic evidence for methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale gas extraction.  To download the paper, link to https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeYmJlNWYyMjUtOWU1Ni00NzE3LTg5OTYtM2IwMmE3MjAwYmUz&hl=en_US

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July 18, 2011

Cuadrilla Resources Halts Fracking In U.K. Fearing Possible Earthquake Connection

July 18, 2011 — See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/01/cuadrilla-resources-fracking-uk-earthquake_n_869594.html Cuadrilla Resources Halts Fracking In U.K. Fearing Possible Earthquake Connection By Jill Lawless June 1, 2011 LONDON — A mining company has halted drilling for shale gas in England after scientists said two small earthquakes might be linked to the controversial process,...

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July 18, 2011

Scientists’ Group Raises Alarm Over Threats to Climate Researchers

July 18, 2011 — Thanks to Leta Finch for this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.  See http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/scientists-group-raises-alarm-over-threats-to-climate-researchers Scientist’s Group Raises Alarm Over Threat to Climate Researchers June 29, 2011 The world’s largest general scientific body, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, says it’s getting...

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July 18, 2011

The Nuclear Cost Shell Game

July 18, 2011 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article.  See http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55527 The Nuclear Cost Shell Game By Stephen Leahy UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 6, 2011 (IPS) – The nuclear energy industry only exists thanks to what insurance experts call the “mother of all subsidies”, and the public...

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July 15, 2011

THE IMPACT OF POPULATION GROWTH ON WILDLIFE

July 15, 2011 — Thanks to Australian Member of Parliament Kelvin Thompson for this article on the impact of population growth on wildlife. THE IMPACT OF POPULATION GROWTH ON WILDLIFE: SPEECH TO WARRNAMBOOL FIELD NATURALISTS Some years ago there was a bumper sticker that said “At least the...

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July 14, 2011

Normative Influence and Desired Family Size among Young People in Rural Egypt

July 14, 2011 — Greetings from San Francisco, where I have several meetings over the next two days.  This article is from the June 2011 issue of Studies in Family Planning.  This paper finds that the number of children people want is based on the family environment in...

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July 13, 2011

Bob Engelman Appointed Executive Director of Worldwatch

July 13, 2011 — Congratulations to Bob Engelman, long-time population advocate, for his appointment to lead Worldwatch Institute.  See http://www.worldwatch.org/worldwatch-institute-names-new-leaders Worldwatch Institute Names New Leaders Robert Engelman Is Executive Director, Ed Groark Board Chair; Christopher Flavin Named President Emeritus Washington, D.C.-The Board of Directors of the Worldwatch Institute...

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July 12, 2011

What Works in Family Planning Interventions: A Systematic Review

July 12, 2011 — Greetings from Los Angeles, where I have a series of meetings.  This article is from the June 2011 issue of Studies in Family Planning.  To download this paper, link to: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeNjlkODg1YjEtZWU5My00OWIwLTg4ZjUtODBhOGQ1ZTc3ODE1&hl=en_US This paper mentions the impact of the Tanzanian radio serial drama, Twende na...

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July 11, 2011

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July 11, 2011

Climate Change: It’s bad and getting worse

July 11, 2011 — Thanks to Dahr Jamail of Al Jazeera, who interviewed William Ryerson, president of Population Media Center, for this article.  See: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/2011622132049568952.html Climate Change: It’s Bad and Getting Worse Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences to come....

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July 11, 2011

The decline of agriculture?

July 11, 2011 — Please see: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201173114451998370.html The Decline of Agriculture By Dahr Jamail Climate change induced extreme weather events and shifting weather patterns are challenging farmer’s ability to feed us. Wendy Johnston with Oakwyn Farms in Athens, West Virginia, is deeply concerned about how shifting weather patterns...

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July 11, 2011

Can the Planet Support 10 Billion People?

July 11, 2011 — Thanks to SD Shantinath for this article.  See http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/04/can-the-planet-support-10-billion-people/africas-daunting-challenges Can the Planet Support 10 Billion People? How will countries feed and shelter populations that are expected to soar by century’s end? Africa’s Daunting Challenges. David E. Bloom is a professor of economics and demography...

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July 8, 2011

New Book: SCARCITY

July 8, 2011 — Thanks to Chris Clugston for this introduction to his new book, Scarcity.  To download a copy of the book, link to http://www.wakeupamerika.com/ Human Misperceptions Unfolding today among humankind is the most colossal self-inflicted tragedy in the history of the world. During the course of...

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July 7, 2011

Population and Overpopulation

July 7, 2011 — Many thanks to Bernard Gilland of Denmark for sending this paper of his.  You can download it at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeNWIxY2RlMWMtNTZiYS00OTRhLTk2ZDYtZGNmOWU3M2YyYWFk&hl=en_US&authkey=CKOiyIkL. Incidentally, it appears that this paper does not consider that current grain production is in part achieved by overpumping of aquifers, so the measure of...

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July 6, 2011

Complaining about mosquito bites while a crocodile bites our leg

July 6, 2011 — Thanks to Jack Alpert for this article by Nate Hagens.  It is posted on the Post Carbon Institute website at http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/322207-complaining-about-mosquito-bites-while-a Complaining about mosquito bites while a crocodile bites our leg May 1, 2011 Nate Hagens Last week, in a repeat of 2008, reports...

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July 5, 2011

Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever

July 5, 2011 — Many thanks to Dell Erickson for this article.  See http://www.scribd.com/doc/53865070/GMO-April.  For the full report or to glance at the graphs of various commodity prices, download the PDF at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeZGZiMzZmMzMtYTU0NC00NDJhLWI1MDUtNTcwOGNiMDRjNzhh&hl=en_US&authkey=CKCNvuYC Time To Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever Jeremy...

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July 5, 2011

Global Plan to Capture and Utilize the Ocean’s Store of Methane Hydrates for Energy

July 5, 2011 — Thanks to Mary De Lavalette for links to this four part series on a global plan to capture and utilize the ocean’s store of methane hydrates for energy and the disastrous climate change implications.  To read The Real Weapons of Mass Destruction: Methane, Propaganda...

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July 5, 2011

Wendy Baldwin Selected as President of PRB

July 5, 2011 — From Population Reference Bureau Wendy Baldwin Selected as President of PRB (Washington, D.C.) Wendy Baldwin, vice president and director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program at the Population Council, has been selected as president and CEO of the Population Reference Bureau, in Washington, D.C. She...

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July 1, 2011

The Revolutionary New Birth Control Method for Men

July 1, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish and Daniel Lerch for this article about a promising male contraceptive method.  See http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/04/ff_vasectomy/all/1 The Revolutionary New Birth Control Method for Men By Bill Gifford April 26th, 2011 One Saturday in January 2010, Devendra Deshpande left his home in the...

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June 30, 2011

The Earth Is Full

June 30, 2011 — But you already knew that!  Thanks to Fred Stanback and several others for this OpEd by Thomas Friedman, which you can find at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/opinion/08friedman.html?_r=1 Op-Ed Columnist The Earth Is Full By Thomas Friedman Published June 7th, 2011 You really do have to wonder whether...

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June 29, 2011

Encircling the Peak of World Oil Production

June 29, 2011 — Thanks to the authors for this paper.  See http://www.mnforsustain.org/oil_duncan_and_youngquist_encircling_oil.htm Encircling the Peak of World Oil Production By Richard C. Duncan and Walter Youngquist The peak of world oil production, followed by an irreversible decline, will be a watershed in human history. The goal of...

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June 28, 2011

“ZERO CARBON BRITAIN 2030″ from the Centre for Alternative Technology

June 28, 2011 — Thanks to Andrew Ferguson for this paper. “ZERO CARBON BRITAIN 2030” from the Centre for Alternative Technology. Chapter 8, Renewables, reviewed by Andrew Ferguson Abstract. The plan set out by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), aiming at a goal of Britain achieving no...

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June 27, 2011

World’s Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation

June 27, 2011 — Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this important article.  See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110405130347.htm Science Daily 4-5-11 World’s Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation “Coral reefs provide a range of critical goods and services to humanity — everything from nutrient cycling to food production to coast protection to...

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June 27, 2011

Financial measures to address ageing promote inequality and weaken the budget

June 27, 2011 — Thanks to Mark O’Conner for this article by Dr Ben Spies Butcher, Lecturer in Economy and Society at Macquarie University in the independent magazine The Conversation, April 26, 2011, which dismisses the myth of an aging ‘crisis’. Titled “The myth of the ageing ‘crisis'”,...

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June 27, 2011

An End to Population Growth: Why Family Planning Is Key to a Sustainable Future

June 27, 2011 — From Solutions Magazine. See: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/919 An End to Population Growth: Why Family Planning Is Key to a Sustainable Future By Robert Engelman, Executive Director at the Worldwatch Institute In Brief: The widespread assumption that world population, now at 6.9 billion, will inevitably grow to...

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June 24, 2011

Why Family Planning Is Critical to Global Energy Strategy

June 24, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.  See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-maceachern/why-family-planning-is-cr_b_852395.html Why Family Planning Is Critical to Global Energy Strategy Diane MacEachern During the first Earth Day in 1970, environmental activist Stephanie Mills made headlines when she announced she would not reproduce to avoid contributing to...

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June 23, 2011

Increased population growth rate in the Northern Region of Brazil endangers the Amazon rainforest

June 23, 2011 — Thanks to Paula Simas of Sustainable Population Brazil for this article.  See http://oglobo.globo.com/pais/mat/2011/04/19/nas-aldeias-indios-plantam-maconha-estao-viciados-ate-em-oxi-trabalham-para-trafico-924286406.asp#ixzz1K9FMUA8j Increased Population Growth Rate in the Northern Region of Brazil endangers the Amazon rainforest. According to preliminary results of the 2010 Census, the growth rate of population of the Northern Region...

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June 22, 2011

Crop growers brace for more violence in Egypt

June 22, 2011 — I came across this article in the Egyptian Gazette on an Egypt Air flight. See: http://213.158.162.45/~egyptian/index.php?action=news&id=18928&title Crop Growers Brace for More Violence in Egypt By Mohssen Arishie – The Egyptian Gazette Sunday, June 5, 2011 04:22:53 PM CAIRO – As the nation starts to...

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June 22, 2011

WHEN THE NILE RUNS DRY*

June 22, 2011 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this article.  See www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2011/update97 When The Nile Runs Dry Earth Policy Release Plan B Update June 7, 2011 By Lester R. Brown A new scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments...

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June 21, 2011

Prospect of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2ºC is getting bleaker

June 21, 2011 — Thanks to Leta Finch for this article from the International Energy Agency. See http://www.iea.org/index_info.asp?id=1959 Prospects of Limiting the Global Increase in Temperature to 2 degrees Celsius is Getting Bleaker. 30 May 11 CO2 Emissions Reach Record High in 2010; 80% of Projected 2020 Emissions...

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June 20, 2011

Nature to Get Legal Rights in Bolivia

June 20, 2011 — Greetings from Nairobi, where I will be working for two weeks on planning a PMC program for Kenya.  Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article from Wired Science.  See http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/legal-rights-nature-bolivia/ Nature to Get Legal Rights in Bolivia By Brandon Keim April 18, 2011 After...

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June 20, 2011

Hooray for the Underdog

June 20, 2011 — Thanks to Rob Dietz for this article.  See http://steadystate.org/hooray-for-the-underdog/ Hooray for the Underdog Posted By Rob Dietz On April 11, 2011 @ 8:00 pm In Economic Growth by Rob Dietz What’s more compelling than an astonishing upset?  We seem instinctively drawn to the underdog;...

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June 20, 2011

Actions on Population Issues in Various Countries

June 20, 2011 — Greetings from Addis Ababa, where I am attending a meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, of which Population Media Center has recently become a member. The paper that follows was delivered by Bob Gillespie, founder of Population Communication, at the Partners in Population...

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June 17, 2011

Pakistan: Acquittals in Mukhtaran Mai gang rape case

June 17, 2011 — From BBC.  See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13158001 Incidentally, Mukhataran Mai’s book, In the Name of Honor, is very compelling reading. Pakistan: Acquittals in Mukhtaran Mai gang rape case. Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Source: BBC Five of six men charged over a village council-sanctioned gang rape in...

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June 16, 2011

Your Letters Needed in Response to Wall Street Journal OpEd on Population

June 16, 2011 — Thanks to Don Collins for alerting me to this ridiculous OpEd in the Wall Street Journal.  You have to be a subscriber to read the entire piece online at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303714704576383764019676614.html?mod=ITP_opinion_0. Your letters of protest are urgently needed.  Send them to wsj.ltrs@wsj.com.  You can send...

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June 15, 2011

Your letters needed in response to: Don’t worry about the booming global population — celebrate it.

June 15, 2011 — Some people are clueless, especially economists.  Thanks to Anwarul Chowdhury for bringing this Foreign Policy article to my attention.  See http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/23/more_people_please More People, Please. Don’t Worry About the Booming Global Population — Celebrate It. Charles Kenny Acolytes of Thomas Malthus — the prudish 18th-century...

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June 14, 2011

Liquid fuel, population, and liquid energy supply per person

June 14, 2011 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer and Andrew Ferguson for this article, which is a preview of an article to be published in the October 2011 OPT Journal. LIQUID FUEL, POPULATION, AND LIQUID ENERGY SUPPLY PER PERSON by Eric Rimmer and Andrew Ferguson Abstract.  Decline in liquid...

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June 13, 2011

U.N. Report Highlights Concerns About Population-Related Activities Funding

June 13, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.  See http://globalhealth.kff.org/Daily-Reports/2011/April/14/GH-041411-Population-meeting.aspx U.N. Report Highlights Concerns About Population-Related Activities Funding Thursday, April 14, 2011 Financial support for population-related activities worldwide has not significantly increased since 2008, according to a report  from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the...

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June 13, 2011

Climate change has spurred food prices

June 13, 2011 — From Roger and Roma Pereira in Mumbai.  See http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/features/climate-change-has-spurred-food-pricesstudy_541283.html Climate Change Has Spurred Food Prices Climate change cut global wheat and corn output by more than 3% over the past three decades compared to growth projections without a rise in temperatures, a study found...

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June 13, 2011

India’s population to surpass China’s by 2025

June 13, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article from The Hindu.  See http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1701790.ece NEW DELHI, April 16, 2011 India will take over China in terms of population by 2025, an analysis of the provisional Census, 2011 data suggests. With more than 1.2 billion people, India...

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June 10, 2011

National Geographic: The Coming Storm

June 10, 2011 — From National Geographic Magazine.  See http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2011/05/bangladesh/belt-text By Don Belt We may be seven billion specks on the surface of Earth, but when you’re in Bangladesh, it sometimes feels as if half the human race were crammed into a space the size of Louisiana. Dhaka,...

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June 9, 2011

Dick Smith on Why Australia Should Stop Pursuit of Population Growth

June 9, 2011 — Thanks to Jenny Goldie and Mark O’Connor for this powerful statement against pursuing further population growth by Australian businessman, Dick Smith.  See http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11928&page=0.  Also thanks to David Simcox for his article, “Australia Considers a Population Policy: Any Lessons for a Drifting USA?” which you...

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June 8, 2011

The New Population Challenge

June 8, 2011 — Thanks to Judith Bruce for this article, a summary of which she delivered at the May meeting of European Parliamentarians on Population and Development, where I also spoke.  The paper emphasizes the need for increasing emphasis on demand creation in order to encourage more...

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June 7, 2011

Philippines: Surging population, rising troubles

June 7, 2011 — Thanks to John Rowley for this article.  See http://www.peopleandplanet.net/?lid=29845&section=33&topic=27.  Also see People and Planet’s home page at http://www.peopleandplanet.net/ Philippines: Surging population, rising troubles This Commentary, by South East Asia contributing editor Henrylito Tacio, looks at what has happened to the ‘Lost Eden’ of the...

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June 6, 2011

PLCPD launches the 7th Annual Population and Development Media Awards

June 6, 2011 — Greetings from Nairobi, where I will be working for two weeks on planning a PMC program for Kenya.  Thanks to Joe Bish for this announcement from the official Philippine Information Agency.  See http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=27805 PIA Press Release Friday, April 15, 2011 PLCPD launches the 7th...

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June 6, 2011

EU Announces 50-Million Euros Grant to Control Philippines Population

June 6, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.  See http://topnews.us/content/238601-eu-announces-50-million-euros-grant-control-philippines-population EU Announces 50-Million Euros Grant to Control Philippines Population Submitted by Cindy Tweed on Sat, 04/16/2011 – 07:54 Officials at the European Union are having a tough time convincing the local Catholic Church for the...

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June 6, 2011

Senator backs Aquino’s renewed stand on population bill

June 6, 2011 — Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.  See http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20110419-332053/Senator-backs-Aquinos-renewed-stand-on-population-bill Senator backs Aquino’s renewed stand on population bill By Maila Ager INQUIRER.net First Posted 12:05:00 04/19/2011 MANILA, Philippines-Senator Panfilo Lacson backed President Benigno Aquino III’s renewed push for the controversial Responsible Parenthood bill, saying the...

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June 6, 2011

Philippines: Manila’s Aquino risks Church ire on contraception bill

June 6, 2011 — From Reuters.  See http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE73G0KU20110417?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0 See two related items below. Philippines: Manila’s Aquino risks Church ire on contraception bill Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:21am EDT MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino pledged on Sunday to push for the passage of a reproductive health bill...

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June 6, 2011

Remembering Malthus III: Implementing a Global Population Reduction

June 6, 2011 — Greetings from Istanbul, where I am speaking at the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy on the use of Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory to create entertainment-education programs that address global issues like population, via creating serialized melodramas with characters who evolve into role models...

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June 3, 2011

Remembering Malthus II: Establishing Sustainable Population Optimums

June 3, 2011 — For the second article by Kenneth Smail, entitled, Remembering Malthus II: Establishing Sustainable Population Optimums, see https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeNGE3MjI0NmQtYWZhZi00ODA5LWE0OWYtNTlkNzVkZWJjZTRj&hl=en_US&authkey=CKOvyHI Many thanks to Ken Smail for these articles.

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June 2, 2011

Remembering Malthus: A Preliminary Argument for a Significant Reduction in Global Human Numbers

June 2, 2011 — Today, I am distributing the first of three papers by Kenneth Smail published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology in 2002-2003 on Remembering Malthus.  This one is entitled, Remembering Malthus: A Preliminary Argument for a Significant Reduction in Global Human Numbers, and it...

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June 1, 2011

Call for Entries: Population Institute’s Global Media Awards

June 1, 2011 — The Population Institute’s Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues. The award honors those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population problems through their journalistic endeavors in a meritorious manner. Guidelines 1. Entries must contain nominee’s complete...

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May 31, 2011

The Myth of 9 Billion

May 31, 2011 — From the May/June issue of Foreign Policy Magazine.  See http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/09/the_myth_of_9_billion. Why ignoring family planning overseas was the worst foreign-policy mistake of the century. The Myth of 9 Billion BY MALCOLM POTTS, MARTHA CAMPBELL | MAY 9, 2011 This week, the United Nations Population Division...

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May 31, 2011

Global population to pass 10 billion by 2100, UN projections indicate

May 31, 2011 — From the UN News Centre.  See http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38253&Cr=population&Cr1 3 May 2011 – Global population to pass 10 billion by 2100, UN projections indicate The world’s population is projected to surge past 9 billion before 2050 and then reach 10.1 billion by the end of the...

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May 31, 2011

The New Geopolitics of Food

May 31, 2011 — From Foreign Policy Magazine.  See http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food. Also, see http://www.foreignpolicy.com/issues/current for a series of articles in the May/June issue on the global food situation. From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars....

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May 31, 2011

Indonesia: Family Planner warns of population crisis unless urgent action taken

May 31, 2011 — Thanks to the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development for this article.  For details, see http://bataviase.co.id/node/620475 Indonesia: Family Planner warns of population crisis unless urgent action taken Indonesia’s population grew by 1.49 percent, or by 32.7 million people, in just a decade...

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May 26, 2011

Behind the Abortion War

May 26, 2011 — From the New York Times.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/opinion/14collins.html?_r=2&ref=gailcollins Op-Ed Columnist Behind the Abortion War By GAIL COLLINS Published: April 13, 2011 Part of the price of keeping the government operating this week is another debate over the financing of Planned Parenthood. Whoopee. At least it’ll...

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May 25, 2011

Humanity Can and Must Do More with Less: UNEP Report

May 25, 2011 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for this article.  See http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=2641&ArticleID=8734&l=en Humanity Can and Must Do More with Less: UNEP Report New York/ Nairobi, 12 May 2011 – By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per...

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May 24, 2011

Dear Mr. Beck: We Are All Hookers

May 24, 2011 — In case you missed it, Glenn Beck referred to Planned Parenthood clients as “hookers.”  Here is a response from RH Reality Check.  See http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/04/11/dear-beck-hookers Dear Mr. Beck: We Are All Hookers by Jodi Jacobson, Editor-in-Chief, RH Reality Check. April 11, 2011. Dear Mr. Beck,...

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May 23, 2011

Faithkeeper Onondaga Council of Chiefs Says First, Do No Harm to the Earth

May 23, 2011 — Many thanks to Oren Lyons, professor at State University of New York at Buffalo and Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs – and a chief with the Iroquois Nation – for this paper he gave me when we met on May 6, which...

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May 23, 2011

Indians Join Fight for an Oklahoma Lake’s Flow

May 23, 2011 — Thanks to Jack Martin for this article.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/science/earth/12water.html?_r=2&scp=7sq=water&st=cse This article is the first in a series about struggles over dwindling water supplies across the United States. Precious Waters Indians Join Fight for an Oklahoma Lake’s Flow By Felicity Barringer Published: April 11, 2011...

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May 23, 2011

Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

May 23, 2011 — Thanks to Peter Goodchild for this article.  See: http://www.sacredlands.org/jared_diamond_01.htm Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race (Originally published in the May 1987 issue of Discover magazine, found at Iowa State University Agronomy 342 course materials, Ricardo J. Salvador, Associate...

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May 20, 2011

Chaos, Collapse, and Survival

May 20, 2011 — Thanks to Peter Goodchild for this article.  See http://www.countercurrents.org/goodchild130311.htm Chaos, Collapse, and Survival Peter Goodchild Systemic collapse, the coming dark age, the coming crash, overshoot, the die-off, the tribulation, the coming anarchy, resource wars — there are many names, and they do not all...

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May 19, 2011

Let’s Stop Thinking About CO2 Emissions and Address the Real Problem

May 19, 2011 — Thanks to Ed Barry for this draft paper he wrote. Rough Draft – 2/28/2011 Global Warming and Climate Change – Let’s Stop Thinking About CO2 Emissions and Address the Real Problem By Ed Barry Abstract:  This paper proposes a novel cap and trade solution...

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May 18, 2011

Deconstructing the Dangerous Dogma of Denial

May 18, 2011 — Thanks to Tim Murray for this article by Madeline Weld.  See http://candobetter.net/node/2373 Deconstructing the Dangerous Dogma of Denial: The Feminist-Environmental Justice Movement and Their Flight From Overpopulation Population growth, development, and stability: Egypt as an example Reports on the upheaval spreading like wildfire across...

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May 17, 2011

Utah growing like a third-world country

May 17, 2011 — Thanks to Dave Gardner for this article: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/51483638-82/growth-utah-business-quality.html.csp Utah Growing Like  Third World Country By Eric C. Ewert First published Mar 26 2011 12:10AM Updated Mar 26, 2011 01:59AM Earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau began to trickle out what will become a...

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May 16, 2011

Growth in Population, Not Necessarily in Prosperity

May 16, 2011 — Greetings from Paris, where Ed Barry and I are speaking at a meeting of the European Parliamentarians on Population and Development.  Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.  See http://www.planetizen.com/node/48799 Growth in Population, Not Necessarily in Prosperity 5 April 2011 – 11:00am States are...

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May 6, 2011

Birth-Control Debate Roils Philippines

May 6, 2011 — From http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704559904576231830543885082.html?mod=googlenews_wsj March 31, 2011 By JAMES HOOKWAY ALABANG, Philippines-Buying a packet of condoms in a drugstore in this posh Manila suburb isn’t as straightforward as it might appear. “Do you have a prescription for that, sir?” the sales clerk at Mercury Drug asked...

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May 5, 2011

50 Million Environmental Refugees By 2020, Experts Predict

May 5, 2011 — Thanks to Shyla Nelson for this article from Huffington Post.  See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/environmental-refugees-50_n_826488.html 50 Million Environmental Refugees By 2020, Experts Predict The Huffington Post Joanna Zelman, posted 2/22/11 02:29pm This past week, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...

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May 4, 2011

Family planning in sub-Saharan Africa: progress or stagnation?

May 4, 2011 — From the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  See http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/2/10-077925/en/index.html?utm_source=MHTF+Subscribers&utm_campaign=06c7949f67-MH_BUZZ10_12_2010&utm_medium=email Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress of Stagnation? John G Cleland a, Robert P Ndugwa a & Eliya M Zulu b a. Department for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel...

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May 3, 2011

Can The United States Feed China?

May 3, 2011 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this article.  See www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2011/update93 Can The United States Feed China? By Lester R. Brown Earth Policy Release Plan B Update March 23, 2011 In 1994, I wrote an article in World Watch magazine entitled “Who Will Feed China?” that...

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May 2, 2011

Peak phosphorus

May 2, 2011 — Thanks to Charles Hall for this article.  See http://www.energybulletin.net/node/33164 Published Aug 13 2007 by Energy Bulletin, Archived Aug 13 2007 Peak phosphorus by Patrick Déry and Bart Anderson Peak oil has made us aware that many of the resources on which civilization depends are...

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May 2, 2011

Why World Food Prices May Keep Climbing

May 2, 2011 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this article.  See www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2011/update92 WHY WORLD FOOD PRICES MAY KEEP CLIMBING By Lester R. Brown Earth Policy Release Plan B Update, March 9, 2011 In February, world food prices reached the highest level on record. Soaring food prices are...

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