Category Archives: Daily Email


May 21, 2009

Advice to President Obama from Paul Ehrlich

May 21, 2009 — Thanks to Paul Ehrlich for this memo to then President-elect Obama on “What Needs to be Done.” What Needs to be Done (Word Doc., 54 KB)

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May 20, 2009

The Clinton Foundation Needs to Hear from You

May 20, 2009 — President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation are looking for input on their new climate initiative. Enter your request (in the form of a question) that population issues be included at http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-climate-initiative/contact/. The deadline for your input is Thursday, May 21. Bill Clinton will answer...

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May 19, 2009

The Diane Rehm Show’s Earth Day Special Titled “World Population”

May 19, 2009 — Thanks to Katie Elmore and Henry Barbaro for bringing to my attention the Earth Day special of National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show titled “World Population.” Speakers on the segment included: William Butz, president and CEO, Population Reference Bureau, Paul Ehrlich, president, Center...

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May 18, 2009

Wasted years

May 18, 2009 — Thanks to John Rowley of People & the Planet for this editorial. ————————– More than a decade after the world agreed a progressive agenda on population and development at the 1994 Cairo conference on the subject, today’s leaders are waking up to the reality...

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May 17, 2009

Population Policy Data Set

May 17, 2009 — The population clock on Population Media Center’s home page (www.populationmedia.org) rolled over to 6.8 billion people today. Thanks to Bill Butz and Carl Haub of the Population Reference Bureau for pointing me to the 2007 data set provided by the UN Population Division, showing...

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May 16, 2009

WORLD POPULATION TO EXCEED 9 BILLION BY 2050

May 16, 2009 — On March 11, the UN Population Division released this press advisory about their updated global projections. See their homepage at http://www.un.org/esa/population/unpop.htm PRESS RELEASE Embargoed until 12:00 PM, 11 March, 2009 WORLD POPULATION TO EXCEED 9 BILLION BY 2050: Developing Countries to Add 2.3 Billion...

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May 15, 2009

The problems with the “The Problem”

May 15, 2009 — Thanks to Kurt Dahl for this article. Incidentally, the opinions expressed below are those of Kurt Dahl. While I share some of his concerns, I do think that the problem of population growth can be solved without any form of coercion, with respect for...

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May 13, 2009

Pregnant (Again) and Poor

May 13, 2009 — Thanks to Jim Brous and others for sending me this editorial. Below the Kristof OpEd, see the response letters the New York Times published. Also see John Bermingham’s response to the New York Times. ——————————– For all the American and international efforts to fight...

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May 13, 2009

Responses to “Bring on the baby boom”

May 13, 2009 — Below is a link featuring several letters in response to Laura Vanderkam’s column in the May 6 edition of USA Today entitled, “Bring on the Baby Boom.” http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/05/baby-bulge-would-further-sap-our-limited-resources.html?csp=34

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May 12, 2009

Population: The real inconvenient truth

May 12, 2009 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for this article from the Greenpeace website. ————————– In 1972, Ben and Dorothy Metcalfe from the budding Greenpeace Foundation in Canada attended the world’s first UN Conference on the Human Environment, in Stockholm, where they succeeded in putting nuclear bomb...

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May 11, 2009

Human Carrying Capacity

May 11, 2009 — Many thanks to Colin Butler, Associate Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University, for this article. Human Carrying Capacity (PDF, 128 KB)

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May 10, 2009

Invitation: Data in Motion — 25 Years of Demographic and Health Surveys — Tuesday, May 26

May 10, 2009 — From the Woodrow Wilson Center. This regards an appearance by Hans Rosling in Washington, DC, which you can also view online. Mr. Rosling gave one of my all time favorite lectures at a TED conference. The talk, “New insights on poverty and life around...

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May 9, 2009

Confronting the Crisis of Sustainability and Resource Scarcity – May 14

May 9, 2009 — From the Woodrow Wilson Center. Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program, the International Security Studies Program, and the West European Studies Program for a discussion of Confronting the Crisis of Sustainability and Resource Scarcity featuring The Right Honourable Hilary Benn, U.K. Secretary...

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May 8, 2009

How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization

May 8, 2009 — Thanks to Earth Policy Institute for this press release and article in Scientific American. ————————— Earth Policy Institute For Immediate Release April 23, 2009 COULD FOOD SHORTAGES BRING DOWN CIVILIZATION? http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=civilization-food-shortages In the May issue of “Scientific American,” Lester Brown discusses how food shortages...

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May 7, 2009

Awash in waste

May 7, 2009 — The Chinese word for politics (zhengzhi) includes a character that looks like three drops of water next to a platform or dyke. Politics and water control, the Chinese character implies, are intimately linked. Such a way of thinking contrasts with the usual view around...

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May 7, 2009

Water shortages are a growing problem, but not for the reasons most people think

May 7, 2009 — The overthrow of Madagascar’s president in mid-March was partly caused by water problems—in South Korea. Worried by the difficulties of increasing food supplies in its water-stressed homeland, Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate, signed a deal to lease no less than half Madagascar’s arable land...

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May 6, 2009

Bring on the Baby Boom: Your Response is Needed

May 6, 2009 — Thanks to Bob Walker for bringing my attention to an editorial that is in urgent need of response. Laura Vanderkam’s column on page 11A of the May 6 USA Today is entitled, “Bring on the Baby Boom.” The link is posted below and the...

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May 6, 2009

Dry Taps in Mexico City: A Water Crisis Gets Worse

May 6, 2009 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article. —————————– The reek of unwashed toilets spilled into the street in the neighborhood of unpainted cinder block houses. Out on the main road, hundreds of residents banged plastic buckets and blocked the path of irate drivers while...

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May 1, 2009

The OPT Environmentally Sustainable Populations Conference: The scientific case for population policy

May 1, 2009 — Thanks to Julie Lewis for sending the link to Optimum Population Trust’s 26 March conference. Most of the presentations from the conference are available to download at: http://www.optimumpopulation.org/opt.events.html At the website, you will find descriptions of each talk.

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April 30, 2009

2009 State of the World Forum: Mobilizing to Save Civilization: November 12-14, Washington, DC

April 30, 2009 — Announcement from Earth Policy Institute NOVEMBER 12-14, 2009 in Washington, DC 2009 State of the World Forum: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Based largely around “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization,” this Forum may turn out to be one of the most important events...

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April 29, 2009

“How Many People Is Too Many?”

April 29, 2009 — Population Media Center founder William Ryerson appears on Full Power Living (www.emotionalpro.com) April 30, 2009 discussing the size population that is sustainable on our earth. Listen & Call 800-630-7858. While we’re busy looking at the effects of global warming, we’ve taken our eye off...

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April 29, 2009

Call for Proposals: THE NEW GREEN ECONOMY, NCSE Conference

April 29, 2009 — The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is pleased to request your participation at the 10th National Conference for Science, Policy and the Environment: The New Green Economy: Aligning Science, Education, Markets and Systems for Sustainability to be held January 20-22, 2010...

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April 28, 2009

International Conference on Family Planning

April 28, 2009 — Thanks to Tim Williams for this announcement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is partnering with the Makerere University, School of Public Health, along with other international and national partners,...

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April 25, 2009

Protections for Wolves the Northern Rockies to be Removed May 4 – Slaughter Planned

April 25, 2009 — Thanks to Paul Winter for alerting me to the fact that the new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, plans to remove the Wolf from the endangered species list, which could result in a mass slaughter of wolves in Idaho and Montana beginning May...

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April 24, 2009

The Bridge publishes eight-page supplement on population

April 24, 2009 — The Montpelier Bridge of Vermont has outdone most other newspapers in the world by publishing an eight-page supplement on population concerns. At a time when many journalists fail to mention population, even when it is an obvious factor in the issue being discussed, publisher...

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April 23, 2009

Attenborough warns on population

April 23, 2009 — The broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has become a patron of a group seeking to cut the growth in human population. On joining the Optimum Population Trust, Sir David said growth in human numbers was “frightening”. Sir David has been increasingly vocal about the need...

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April 22, 2009

Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say

April 22, 2009 — Greetings on Earth Day! Thanks to Jennie Goldie for this article from Science Daily. ————————— Overpopulation is the world’s top environmental issue, followed closely by climate change and the need to develop renewable energy resources to replace fossil fuels, according to a survey of...

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April 21, 2009

Steady State: A Sustainable Economy for the Southwest

April 21, 2009 — Thanks to Steven Kotler for this article. ————————- In 1991, George Bush Sr. was President, something called “grunge” was beginning to ooze out of the Pacific Northwest, and I had just moved to Phoenix, Arizona Back then, the city was mostly empty space. There...

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April 20, 2009

Prosperity Without Growth?

April 20, 2009 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for the item below and the link to the Prosperity without Growth Report. See http://www.jonathonporritt.com/pages/2009/03/prosperity_without_growth.html to read the comments and to post your own. To download the report, go to http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=914 Prosperity Without Growth? Posted by Jonathon Porritt on March...

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April 20, 2009

David Poindexter Receives the Everett M. Rogers Award

April 20, 2009 — David Poindexter was awarded the Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment-Education at Hollywood, Health, Society’s annual Sentinel for Health Awards. The award ceremony was held at the Writers Guild of America, West in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008. Watch video...

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April 19, 2009

THE INCOHERENT AND CONFUSED VISION OF CANADA’S GREEN PARTY

April 19, 2009 — Thanks to Tim Murray for his response to yesterday’s mailing about “Greens propose steady-state economy for BC.” See Tim’s comments below. THE INCOHERENT AND CONFUSED VISION OF CANADA’S GREEN PARTY Greens Propose a Steady State Economy for BC Forgive me, but this is a...

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April 18, 2009

Greens propose steady-state economy for BC

April 18, 2009 — Thanks to Brian Czech for this article. ———————– The Green Party is proposing a steady-state economy for British Columbia, party leader Jane Sterk told The Hook this weekend. In March, the Greens released their platform without a budget. Sterk asserted that “we would have...

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April 17, 2009

New economic model helps Earth

April 17, 2009 — There is a very close relationship between the economic crisis we are facing, the many environmental problems stressing the Earth and population growth. It is time for a new economic model, one that better serves both the needs of people and the Earth. At...

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April 16, 2009

Brian Czech Trophic Theory of Money

April 16, 2009 — Thanks to Brian Czech, Chair of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, for the article below. Brian Czech Trophic Theory of Money (Word doc., 274 KB)

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April 16, 2009

The track to a steady-state economy

April 16, 2009 — Thanks to Rob Dietz, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, for this article from Sustainable Industries. ———————— When a train derails, the first instinct is to set the wheels back on the tracks and get the train...

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April 15, 2009

“On Thin Ice”, a one-hour special on PBS: April 17 and 18, 2009

April 15, 2009 — Thanks to Lester Brown of Earth Policy Institute for this announcement. If you are in the U.S. and receive the Public Broadcasting Service, the following will be of interest to you. APRIL 17 and 18, 2009 “On Thin Ice”, a one-hour special on PBS

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April 15, 2009

Demography and “Aging Alarmists”

April 15, 2009 — From the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ website. ———————— In an op-ed published in The Washington Post on January 4, Neil Howe and Richard Jackson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) sound...

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April 14, 2009

PMC’s Director of Communication Katie Elmore, on BBC Radio

April 14, 2009 — On April 14, 2009, PMC’s Director of Communications, Katie Elmore was featured on Analysis, a radio program on BBC Radio that gives an in-depth look on certain issues in the news. Powered by Podbean.com

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April 14, 2009

When Population Growth and Resource Availability Collide

April 14, 2009 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this book bite. ———————- As land and water become scarce, competition for these vital resources intensifies within societies, particularly between the wealthy and those who are poor and dispossessed. The shrinkage of life-supporting resources per person that comes with...

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April 13, 2009

The Crisis: Debt and Real Wealth

April 13, 2009 — Thanks to Bob Fireovid for sending me this short piece by Professor Herman Daly on the current financial crisis. ——————————— The current financial debacle is really not a “liquidity” crisis as it is often euphemistically called. It is a crisis of overgrowth of financial...

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April 12, 2009

Improved health does not always make countries richer

April 12, 2009 — Thanks to John Meyer for this article. —————————- Jeffrey Sachs, a development economist, writes in his book “The End of Poverty” of a telling phrase by Gro Harlem Brundtland, then the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “If you want to get someone’s...

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April 11, 2009

Three Mountains to Climb

April 11, 2009 — Thanks to Wolfger Schneider for this article from Mother Earth News. ——————————- I think it’s time for us to start visualizing the future we desire. I’m not pretending it will be easy to get there. I believe we have three tall mountains to climb....

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April 10, 2009

Population Globalization Ecology and Conflict

April 10, 2009 — Many thanks to Colin Butler, Associate Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University, for this article. Population Globalization Ecology and Conflict (PDF, 129 KB)

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April 10, 2009

Population Debate in the UK House of Commons

April 10, 2009 — Many thanks to MP Richard Ottaway for sending me the transcript of the 4 February debate in the British Parliament on population issues. The original can be found at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090204/halltext/90204h0004.htm#09020462000002 continuing at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090204/halltext/90204h0005.htm ——————————— 4 Feb 2009 : Column 253WH Global Population Growth 11...

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April 9, 2009

Call for Abstracts: Due 4/24: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

April 9, 2009 — Call for Abstracts: Due 4/24 2009 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference November 15-18, 2009, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. www.BECCconference.org The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference focuses on understanding the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations and on using that knowledge...

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April 6, 2009

’07 U.S. Births Break Baby Boom Record

April 6, 2009 — Thanks to Bob Walker of Population Institute for this article. ——————————- More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than in any other year in American history, according to preliminary data reported Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 4,317,000...

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April 4, 2009

The Other Afghan Surge

April 4, 2009 — Thanks to Bob Walker for this editorial, which was distributed to 800 U.S. newspapers and magazines by the Cagle Syndication Service. ——————————– Despite President Obama’s decision last month to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, many experts warn that a military “surge” will...

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April 2, 2009

Letters to Editors of Inaccurate Reports on Population

April 2, 2009 — Population Media Center and Population Institute are collaborating in implementing a project to help notable figures write letters to editors and producers of news programs in response to inaccurate or inadequate coverage of the population component of events covered in specific news stories (such...

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April 1, 2009

Twisted Treaty Shafts Women

April 1, 2009 — American women need legal tools to fight patriarchy. Women outside of the U.S. are pushing for and getting far reaching gender equality guarantees, albeit appallingly unenforced, that put American constitutional guarantees to shame. This is a revolution we can join. A revolution in the...

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March 31, 2009

High Prevalence of Child Marriage in India Fuels Fertility Risks, Study Finds

March 31, 2009 — Many thanks to Sarah Hurlburt for this article from Boston University School of Public Health. ———————————– Despite India’s economic and educational reform efforts in the last decade, the prevalence of child marriage remains high, fueling the risks of multiple unwanted pregnancies, pregnancy terminations and...

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March 30, 2009

Adolescent Reproduction

March 30, 2009 — Many thanks to Rei Ravenholt, former Director of the Office of Population at USAID, for this paper, which is a talk he gave at the 1976 Airlie House conference on adolescent fertility, which I attended. While some of the data has changed since that...

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March 29, 2009

Shameless in Sacramento

March 29, 2009 — Thanks to Gretchen Pfaff, Director of Communications and Legislation for Californians for Population Stabilization, for sending this OpEd and the one that follows – both by Mark Cromer. ———————— OP-ED FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Rick Oltman Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) 415- 215-9550,...

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March 28, 2009

Zero-Sum Game

March 28, 2009 — Thanks to Richard Heinberg for this editorial. —————————- Oops!—bad timing. The announcement that California taxpayers will have to pay most of the costs for raising the famous octuplets born recently near Los Angeles is provoking widespread indignation about what is often taken to be...

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March 27, 2009

Family Planning and the Path to Progress

March 27, 2009 — Thanks to John Feeney for sending this posting from Andrew Revkin of the New York Times. ————————– There’s a very happy retired French teacher and tennis coach in California today. Her name is Jane Roberts. In 2002, after the Bush administration blocked $34 million...

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March 25, 2009

Hofstra University Symposium: Media and Social Change March 26

March 25, 2009 — If you are expecting to be in the New York area on March 26, you may want to attend the symposium on Media and Social Change being held at Hofstra University. The flyer is attached. Neal Baer, Executive Producer of Law & Order SVU...

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March 25, 2009

Earth Heading for 5 Billion Overpopulation?

March 25, 2009 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for this notice from OPT. ————————- OPTIMUM POPULATION TRUST NEWS RELEASE March 16 2009 – For immediate release EARTH HEADING FOR 5 BILLION OVERPOPULATION? Conference to discuss sustainable population levels A conference next week will attempt to answer a question...

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March 19, 2009

Uganda blackouts ‘fuel baby boom’

March 19, 2009 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for sending this article. The introductory paragraph is from Kenn in London. —————————– Although blackouts, like strikes, can cause a rise in the birth rate (as in Britain in the 1970s), Uganda’s Planning Minister has got it completely the wrong...

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March 16, 2009

BLOG: Anti-Contraception Crew Still at Work at HHS

March 16, 2009 — A perplexing story popped up in my Google alerts the other day. It was from The Hoya, Georgetown University’s college newspaper, and the headline read: “Med Center Receives Research Grant for Natural Family Planning.” Georgetown is a Catholic university which aroused my suspicions; after...

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March 15, 2009

Handed the Keys to an Alternative Future

March 15, 2009 — Karen Thorp drives 60 miles a day to and from her job as a senior deputy district attorney of Los Angeles County, where her specialty is prosecuting multiple-murder suspects and kidnappers. But in commuting from Newport Beach to Long Beach to keep her fellow...

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March 15, 2009

A U.S. Energy Policy

March 15, 2009 — Thanks to Fred Brown for sending me his proposed energy plan. Fred would welcome your feedback at w6hph@yahoo.es. ————————— A U.S. ENERGY POLICY A realistic way for the United States to meet its global obligation toward greenhouse gas reduction. The United States has been...

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March 14, 2009

Two children should be limit, says green guru

March 14, 2009 — Thanks to Optimum Population Trust for this article from the Times of London. ————————- Couples who have more than two children are being “irresponsible” by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the government’s green adviser has warned. Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s...

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March 12, 2009

Mexico City reduces water service as reserves dip

March 12, 2009 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article from Associated Press. ————————– Mexico City shut down a main water pipeline under a new conservation program, cutting service to more than 2 million residents Sunday after some reservoirs dropped to their lowest levels in 16 years....

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March 12, 2009

Mexico City braces for water rationing

March 12, 2009 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article from the Los Angeles Times. ————————- Already-scarce water gets even scarcer this weekend for millions of Mexicans. One of the world’s largest cities is launching a rationing plan in a drastic — and some say overdue —...

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March 11, 2009

PMC’s President and Director of Research scheduled to speak at Hofstra University

March 11, 2009 — PMC President Bill Ryerson and PMC Director of Research Dr. Scott Connolly will be speaking at the Media for Social Change: Using Entertainment Education to Improve the Outcomes of Health and Social Issues of Women Symposium.

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March 11, 2009

Barriers to Fertility Regulation

March 11, 2009 — Many thanks to Martha Campbell of Venture Strategies for alerting me to the attached article. It can be found under Publications at www.venturestrategies.org. Barriers to Fertility Regulation: A Review of the Literature (PDF, 120KB)

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March 10, 2009

Snow study shows California faces historic drought

March 10, 2009 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this Reuters article. ————————– A new survey of California winter snows on Thursday showed the most populous state is facing one of the worst droughts in its history, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said. The state, which produces about half the...

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March 9, 2009

Letter to Andrew Revkin’s Blog at the New York Times

March 9, 2009 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for sending me Colin Butler’s letter to Andrew Revkin’s blog at the New York Times: Thanks Andrew for your work highlighting these immensely complex issues. I am certain these issues are important. I am equally confident that “mainstream” opinion, be...

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March 8, 2009

Population: The elephant in the room

March 8, 2009 — Congratulations to John Feeney and thanks to Joel Marx for linking me to this article. You can add your comment at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7865332.stm. ———————– Uncontrolled population growth threatens to undermine efforts to save the planet, warns John Feeney. In this week’s Green Room, he calls...

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March 7, 2009

Overloading Australia: How governments and media dither and deny on population

March 7, 2009 — This past week in Australia, I have distributed several articles by Mark O’Connor, whom I met in Canberra. His book, Overloading Australia : How governments and media dither and deny on population, is of interest to population-interested readers anywhere. There are also some short...

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March 6, 2009

Conservation through Having Smaller Families

March 6, 2009 — Many thanks to Nola Stewart, a retired teacher in Sydney, Australia, for this delightful children’s book. It explains the global economy in a way Samuelson never did. Then it covers ecology and population. You may want to give this to a young person you...

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March 4, 2009

Australia’s bizarrely high population growth lies behind many of our worst problems

March 4, 2009 — Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this column. ————————- In Australia, Right-wing “growthists” demand endless growth of the economy backed by endless growth of population. Forced since late 2006 to accept a serious public debate about water supplies and about how to maintain “growth” without...

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March 3, 2009

HOW THE GROWTH LOBBY THREATENS AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE

March 3, 2009 — Thanks to James Sinnamon for this editorial. ————————- Why is it that the Australian government, and other governments, principally in the anglophone world, deliberately encourage population growth when common sense and intuition, not to mention the hard evidence, tell us that a larger population...

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February 28, 2009

Balance population with quality of life

February 28, 2009 — This week marks the 40th anniversary of The Population Institute. It is an honor to be serving as President of this organization, in addition to running Population Media Center. Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this article by former Australian cabinet minister Barry Cohen. —————————-...

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February 27, 2009

To end perpetual hunger, why not abolish villages?

February 27, 2009 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article from The Nation of Kenya. ————————- The prospects for 10 million Kenyans don’t look good this year. That is the number of people the Government estimates face starvation. Mozambique, too, is in similar dire straits. Looking at...

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February 27, 2009

Billions Face Food Shortages, Study Warns

February 27, 2009 — Thanks to Nadia Conners, producer of The 11th Hour, for this article. —————————- Half of the world’s population could face severe food shortages by the end of the century as rising temperatures take their toll on farmers’ crops, scientists have warned. Harvests of staple...

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February 26, 2009

Vignettes on Population, Reproductive Health, Gender & Culture by Jane Roberts

February 26, 2009 — Thanks to Jane Roberts for this article. ———————— Following up on the theme of the United Nations Population Fund’s 2008 State of World Population: Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights, I have gathered these vignettes on Population, Reproductive Health, Gender and Culture...

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February 25, 2009

The Real Story Behind the Octuplets

February 25, 2009 — The following editorial by Bob Walker was distributed to 800 newspapers and magazines by the Cagle Syndication Service. ————————- As Americans, we are obsessed with numbers, but often oblivious to their implications. We love record setting, whether it’s the eight Olympic gold medals won...

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February 24, 2009

Military report raises concerns about social unrest

February 24, 2009 — Thanks to Phil Kreitner for the article below from MSN Money. The U.S. military report to which it refers can be downloaded from http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2008/JOE2008.pdf Interestingly, the report is full of concern over population growth, but the news article fails to mention population in its...

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February 21, 2009

Rescuing the Earth from Humans

February 21, 2009 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this editorial by Frosty Wooldridge that appeared in the Denver Post. ————————– When you realize humans kill 100 million sharks in the planet’s oceans annually, you scratch your head in dismay, or, at least, consternation. Unknown to most humans,...

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February 19, 2009

David Suzuki’s daughter at the Earth Summit in Rio

February 19, 2009 — This is a video of David Suzuki’s daughter at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. It’s a powerful statement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhmuUVkG-Uw

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February 18, 2009

Geoengineering to Stop Climate Change…

February 18, 2009 — Geoengineering to Stop Climate Change: The Effective, the Risky and the Useless Outlined in New Research Paper Geoengineering projects to combat global climate change seem to bring out vocal opinions, both pro and con, and while there are compelling arguments from both sides, one...

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February 18, 2009

Engineering the Climate

February 18, 2009 — Geoengineering is seen by Samuel Thernstrom in this article in The American as a way to buy time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ———————- Q: What is geoengineering? A: Many scientists and policymakers have become increasingly pessimistic about the prospects in the near future...

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February 16, 2009

Environmental Failure: A Case for a New Green Politics

February 16, 2009 — Environmental Failure: A Case for a New Green Politics, By: Gus Speth (Word doc., 51 KB)

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February 15, 2009

Tree deaths soar in Western U.S.

February 15, 2009 — Thanks to Edmund Levering for this article. ———————– Tree deaths, spurred by global warming, have more than doubled in older forests across Western states, federal scientists reported Thursday. Droughts and pests brought on by warmer temperatures have killed firs, hemlocks, pines and other large...

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February 13, 2009

Antarctica is warming, not cooling

February 13, 2009 — Thanks to Edmund Levering for this article. ————————- Antarctica is getting warmer rather than cooling as widely believed, according to a study that fits the icy continent into a trend of global warming. A review by U.S. scientists of satellite and weather records for...

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February 12, 2009

WORLD OF WASTED TIME: Climate Change

February 12, 2009 — It would have been better if this article had mentioned population. ————————— Ironically, the memo has come too late – and is no longer true. Two new science reports from authoritative United Nations agencies, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United...

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February 11, 2009

Arctic polar bears starving, study says

February 11, 2009 — Polar bears in the western Arctic are struggling to find food during the critical spring period, according to a recent report. University of Alberta and Environment Canada scientists compared current samples of the bears’ waste with those from 20 years ago and determined that...

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February 9, 2009

My Revised Idea for the New Administration

February 9, 2009 — My Revised Idea for the New Administration: an Office of Special Assistant to the President on Population and Sustainability Issues Thanks to the many people who responded to my mailing in December regarding an Office of Population in the White House. I received greater...

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February 4, 2009

In the future, economists will return to earth

February 4, 2009 — Thanks to Kathlene Carney for this article. ————————– The year 2009 will witness a tsunami of appeals to economists to fix, as disgraced Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan put it, the “flaw” in their thinking. Most will get it wrong. The proposals for bailouts,...

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February 3, 2009

The Silent Crisis by Alan Kuper

February 3, 2009 — Welcome to CUSP partners and friends, who have joined this mailing list, following the death of Alan Kuper, who founded and ran CUSP. Thanks to Jack Alpert for alerting me to this article by Alan. ——————— The great majority of people around the world...

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February 2, 2009

Nature loss ‘dwarfs bank crisis’

February 2, 2009 — Thanks to Rigmor Allback of Sweden for a link to the Swedish NGO Albaeco. See http://www.albaeco.se/en/. The following BBC article appears on their website. ——————— The global economy is losing more money from the disappearance of forests than through the current banking crisis, according...

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February 1, 2009

The Greatest Compounding Risk of All

February 1, 2009 — Thanks to Felix Kloman for his role in stimulating this commentary by risk management consultant Bill Sharon. See Bill’s website at http://sorms.blogspot.com/2009/01/greatest-compounding-risk-of-all.html ———————– The Greatest Compounding Risk of All Saturday, January 24, 2009 We are more comfortable with numbers than we are with emotions....

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January 31, 2009

World Economic Forum Global Risk Assessment

January 31, 2009 — Thanks to Felix Kloman for this report. It barely mentions population issues in its assessment of global risks. To download the report, link to http://www.weforum.org/pdf/globalrisk/2009.pdf

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January 29, 2009

Statement released after the President rescinds “Mexico City Policy”

January 29, 2009 — Thanks to Ralph Risch for this link. ———————- It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family...

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January 29, 2009

Can Obama’s family-planning policies help the economy?

January 29, 2009 — Congratulations to Dave Paxson, John Feeney and Tod Preston for their roles in providing information for this article from The Christian Science Monitor January 26, 2009 edition. —————————— President Barack Obama’s inauguration prompted a huge sigh of relief among the nation’s family-planning advocates. As...

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January 27, 2009

DRILLING FOR OIL IS NOT THE ANSWER

January 27, 2009 — Earth Policy Institute News Release For Immediate Release September 18, 2008 DRILLING FOR OIL IS NOT THE ANSWER With attention turning to the second round of the energy debate in the U.S. Senate, the Earth Policy Institute thought you might find useful a brief...

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January 26, 2009

Obama dumps ‘gag law’

January 26, 2009 — Toronto Star January 24, 2009 http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/576595 Soon after President Barack Obama took office, the massive crowds that had thronged Washington’s National Mall for his inauguration were replaced by Thursday’s annual March for Life, an anti-abortion rally of tens of thousands, all eager to deliver...

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January 20, 2009

African ministers say share water to combat hunger

January 20, 2009 — African states lack the resources to deal alone with climate change and must share water better to feed growing populations, government ministers said at a water conference in Libya on Wednesday. The world’s poorest continent has failed to feed a fast-growing population due to...

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January 17, 2009

Teen birth rates up in 26 states

January 17, 2009 — Thanks to Marianne Ward for this story in USA Today. ———————- The newest and most detailed data on teen birth rates shows significant increases in 26 states and represents most regions of the USA. “To see 26 states with statistically significant increases is fairly...

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January 15, 2009

Clean future starts now

January 15, 2009 — “CURRENT global trends in energy supply and consumption are patently unsustainable — environmentally, economically, socially … What is needed is nothing short of an energy revolution.” I have said similar things myself, but this quote is from a new “World Energy Outlook” by the...

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January 13, 2009

Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

January 13, 2009 — Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity featuring Eric Chivian, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Michael Wright, Managing Director, Natural Capital Project Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, The Heinz...

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January 10, 2009

Timely Book Puts Finger On Terrorist Attacks in the Gaza and Elsewhere

January 10, 2009 — January 1, 2009 From: Donald A. Collins TITLE: Timely Book Puts Finger On Terrorist Attacks in the Gaza and Elsewhere TEXT: Talk about timely! One of my regular writing assignments involves reviewing books on public policy. One of the co-authors sent me a copy...

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January 9, 2009

Scientists Worldwide to Speak Out on Population Problem

January 9, 2009 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2008 Contact: John Feeney globalpopulationspeakout@gmail.com +1 303-447-0973 Scientists Worldwide to Speak Out on Population Problem The Global Population Speak Out aims to break down the barrier to public discussion of the population-environment link. Boulder, CO – Scientists from around...

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January 7, 2009

National Council for Science and the Environment’s Recommendations to the Obama Transition Team

January 7, 2009 — Thanks to Sally Mattison for these links to the recommendations coming out of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s annual conference in December – this one focused on biodiversity. Here is a link to the recommendations from the Population and Biodiversity breakout...

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January 6, 2009

Obama Transition Team Open for Questions

January 6, 2009 — Thanks to Earl Babbie and Ralph Risch for alerting me to the Obama Transition Team website, where you can enter and vote on questions of importance for consideration by the new Administration. Once you create an account at http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions20081229/ you can do a search...

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January 5, 2009

Bush Administration Eviscerates Endangered Species Act Protections

January 5, 2009 — Washington, DC – The Bush administration today issued a final rule eliminating the Endangered Species Act requirement that federal agencies consult with independent scientists. John Kostyack, Executive Director of Wildlife and Global Warming for the National Wildlife Federation said: “In the eleventh hour of...

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January 4, 2009

Update on Terra Preta

January 4, 2009 — Thanks to Bruce Sundquist for alerting me that there is now a major update on his paper. See http://home.alltel.net/bsundquist1/tpgw.html. Also see Bruce’s home page at http://home.alltel.net/bsundquist1/index.html for links to his other articles.

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January 4, 2009

Cell phones spread safe-sex message

January 4, 2009 — “Hey baby, you OK?” Mike asks his girlfriend as she sits down next to him. “Yeah, I’m OK,” Toni says, and she puts her head on his shoulder. Mike thinks it’s safe to move in for a kiss. “Slow down,” she says, pushing him...

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January 3, 2009

Is water the new oil?

January 3, 2009 — It’s hard to imagine why humans would have chosen the achingly arid stone desert of Wadi Faynan — in present-day Jordan — for a settlement. But water would have been one important reason, says archaeologist Steven Mithen. When Neolithic men and women arrived 11,500...

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January 2, 2009

Earth 2100

January 2, 2009 — Thanks to Dave Gardner for sharing his PSA calling for population decline. He has submitted it to ABC News for their program, Earth 2100. Here are the pertinent links: Dave’s video in high definition: http://vimeo.com/2495995 High quality YouTube version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXyyCY5IM6Q& fmt=18 If your connection...

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January 1, 2009

Message from Brian Czech on the Steady State Economy

January 1, 2009 — Thanks to Brian Czech for this message. You can respond directly to Brian at brianczech@juno.com ——————– Colleagues, I’d like to share some valuable lessons about the politics of economic growth that I learned at the National Council for Science and the Environment conference this...

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December 30, 2008

Expanding Marine Protected Areas to Restore Fisheries

December 30, 2008 — Earth Policy Institute Plan B 3.0 Book Byte For Immediate Release November 13, 2008 EXPANDING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS TO RESTORE FISHERIES http://www.earthpolicy.org/Books/Seg/PB3ch05_ss6.htm Lester R. Brown After World War II, accelerating population growth and steadily rising incomes drove the demand for seafood upward at a...

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December 29, 2008

Seas will rise faster than predicted, say scientists

December 29, 2008 — Sea levels will rise much faster than previously forecast because of the rate that glaciers and ice sheets are melting, a study has found. Research commissioned by the US Climate Change Science Program concludes that the rises will substantially exceed forecasts that do not...

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December 26, 2008

Holdren as Obama Science Pick Adds Climate Activism

December 26, 2008 — Harvard University Professor John P. Holdren, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as his top science adviser, will push for action on climate change and embryonic stem cell research in the White House. Holdren, 64, a professor of environmental policy, will be named to the post...

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December 24, 2008

TERRA PRETA ~ AN INEXPENSIVE, IF NOT PROFITABLE, SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS OF GLOBAL WARMING AND DEVELOPING WORLD HUNGER

December 24, 2008 — See http://home.alltel.net/bsundquist1/tpgw.html for this excellent paper by Bruce Sundquist. Also see Bruce’s home page at http://home.alltel.net/bsundquist1/index.html for links to his other articles.

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December 23, 2008

Losing the Rainforest

December 23, 2008 — For the first time in three years, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon basin increased, jumping 69% from the prior year alone. Analysts blame rising demand for soy and cattle, which pushed farmers and ranchers to illegally clear some 3,000 square miles of forest between August...

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December 21, 2008

UK Government Pledges Population Cap

December 21, 2008 — Many thanks to Rosamund McDougall of OPT (Optimum Population Trust) for the news of the UK government’s pledge to cap its population and for the attached article. As announced by OPT on October 18, the organization welcomed the reversal of government pro-population growth policies....

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December 20, 2008

‘One planet’ pledge for Wales

December 20, 2008 — I have just heard that John Holdren has been named by President-elect Obama as the head of the climate change task force for the new Administration. Along with Paul Ehrlich, John was one of the creators of the I=PAT formula (environmental Impact is a...

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December 18, 2008

They’re Having Babies. Are We Helping?

December 18, 2008 — Thanks to Leon Kolankiewicz for this article from the Washington Post. ——————————– The girls gather in small groups outside Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School most mornings, standing with their babies on their hips, talking and giggling like sorority sisters. Sometimes their mothers drop the...

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December 14, 2008

Growing Up Green

December 14, 2008 — Thanks to Phil Kreitner for this article from Time. As Phil puts it, this is once again the demographic elephant in the (“green”) living room. —————— Want to wreck the environment? Have a baby. Each bundle of joy gobbles up more of the planet’s...

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December 13, 2008

New Security Beat Wins Global Media Award

December 13, 2008 — Upon arriving in Los Angeles last week to accept a Global Media Award for Excellence in Population Reporting from the Population Institute (PI) —the New Security Beat won the “Best Online Commentary” award—I was greeted by a massive gift basket from PI. The rest...

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December 12, 2008

The Time to Act is Now

December 12, 2008 — Thanks to Paul Paquet for this article. —————- Over the past month or so much has been said and written about the national norms and standards for the management of elephants in South Africa as part of the Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004)...

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December 10, 2008

India’s Demand on Nature Approaching Critical Limits, Report Finds

December 10, 2008 — As the world grapples with the escalating effects of the financial crisis, Global Footprint Network reported on another mounting – and unsecured – debt: a growing gap in India between the amount of natural resources the country uses and how much it has. India...

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December 9, 2008

Fertility Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa

December 9, 2008 — This report provides an overview of major fertility trends in sub-Saharan Africa in the second half of the 20th century. It also presents the proximate determinants (factors that have a direct mechanical effect on fertility levels) and the socioeconomic correlates of these trends. The...

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December 8, 2008

PRB Discuss Online, Dec. 10, 2008

December 8, 2008 — Take part in the Population Reference Bureau’s upcoming Discuss Online: “Is Sub-Saharan Africa an Exception to the Global Trend Toward Smaller Families?” When: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, noon to 1 p.m. (EST) Who: Steven Sinding, senior fellow, Guttmacher Institute Sub-Saharan Africa remains the “last...

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December 6, 2008

Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth

December 6, 2008 — Thanks to Tom Horton for this press release about his latest paper. The full paper can be downloaded from http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=139 ———————– “The restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is a failure after 25 years and will remain so until political and environmental leaders stop embracing...

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December 5, 2008

Quantifying Overextension—America’s “Predicament”

December 5, 2008 — Thanks to Tim Murray for bringing my attention to the work of Chris Clugston. Also, thanks to Chris Clugston for the PDF document below. ———————— In a general sense, “societal overextension” is a condition in which a society is living beyond its means ecologically...

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December 4, 2008

My Idea for the New Administration: an Office of Population in the White House

December 4, 2008 — I would welcome your thoughts on this idea. Best wishes, Bill White House Office of Population Concept Paper (Word doc., 31 KB)

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December 1, 2008

Economic Causes of Species Endangerment

December 1, 2008 — Many thanks to Brian Czech for this article. See http://steadystate.org/Economic_Causes_of_Endangerment.pdf Brian Czech Economic Causes of Endangerment (PDF, 185 KB)

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November 30, 2008

Amory Lovins: Expanding Nuclear Power Makes Climate Change Worse

November 30, 2008 — Thanks to Fred Stanback for sending this interview. —————— Amory Lovins: Expanding Nuclear Power Makes Climate Change Worse There’s one issue that President Bush and presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama all agree on: expanding the use of nuclear power. We speak with...

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November 28, 2008

Human consumption: Flying in the face of logic

November 28, 2008 — Thanks to Carl Carlson for alerting me to this book review. ——————— In 1968, six years after Rachel Carson published Silent Spring – the book regarded as marking the beginning of modern environmental consciousness – a young American entomology professor at Stanford University, California,...

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November 25, 2008

Fall in tiny animals a ‘disaster’

November 25, 2008 — Experts on invertebrates have expressed “profound shock” over a government report showing a decline in zooplankton of more than 70% since the 1960s. The tiny animals are an important food for fish, mammals and crustaceans. Figures contained in the Department for Environment Food and...

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November 23, 2008

Mideast Facing Choice Between Crops and Water

November 23, 2008 — Thanks to Gerry Silverstein for this article from the New York Times. ————————— Global food shortages have placed the Middle East and North Africa in a quandary, as they are forced to choose between growing more crops to feed an expanding population or preserving...

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November 23, 2008

Forests to fall for food and fuel

November 23, 2008 — Thanks to Phil Dodd for this article from BBC News. —————– Demand for land to grow food, fuel crops and wood is set to outstrip supply, leading to the probable destruction of forests, a report warns. The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) says only...

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November 22, 2008

Rising Food Costs Further Pressure World Hunger

November 22, 2008 — Thanks to Jack Alpert for this article. ————— The soaring cost of food increased the number of hungry people in the world by 122 million in 2007 and now threatens to swell the malnourished population for a decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said....

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November 19, 2008

Must the Planet Go Hungry?

November 19, 2008 — Many thanks to David Nicholson-Lord for this article from Food Magazine. Must The Planet Go Hungry? (PDF, 271 KB)

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November 16, 2008

Letters to the Editor of Worldwatch

November 16, 2008 — Thanks to Raymond Reddy for sending me these letters which appeared in Worldwatch magazine in follow up to the population edition of September-October. —————- World Watch November/December 2008 www.worldwatch.org Page 2 FROM READERS Population: Get Serious about Numbers Worldwatch has gone stale on population...

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November 15, 2008

Website for Al Bartlett

November 15, 2008 — Many thanks to John Tanton for alerting me to a website they have set up with the writings and talks of Al Bartlett. The link to the site is http://www.albartlett.org/.

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November 13, 2008

To be truly pro-life, the Vatican should lift its contraception ban

November 13, 2008 — Some years ago a mother of six wrote to this newspaper recounting the effects the Catholic Church ban on artificial contraceptives was having on her life. “You have a two-month-old on one side of the bed, a 16-month-old on the other, and a two-and-a-half-year-old...

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November 12, 2008

Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights

November 12, 2008 — Cultural practices that abuse human rights, especially women’s rights, can best be changed through support for pre-existing change advocates within the culture, according to a new United Nations report released here and in London today. Development projects to promote equality for women should integrate...

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November 12, 2008

The Pope vs. the Pill

November 12, 2008 — Thanks to Ralph Risch for alerting me to the op-ed piece published in the New York Times on June 27. You can read this defense of the Catholic Church’s stand on contraception at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/opinion/27allen.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin.

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November 11, 2008

Population Institute Names 2008 Global Media Award Winners

November 11, 2008 — Washington, DC – The Mayor of London and a two time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist are among the 11 recipients of The Population Institute’s 2008 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. The awards will be presented November 18, at a ceremony...

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November 10, 2008

Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions

November 10, 2008 — Thanks to Ralph Risch for this article. —————— Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive...

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November 7, 2008

Benefits of the “Birth Dearth”

November 7, 2008 — Thanks to Paul Ehrlich for the attached paper arguing that the “birth dearth” in Europe and Japan is something to celebrate – and certainly not a trend to counteract in this era of climate change and energy shortages. Birth Dearth 2006 (PDF, 1MB)

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November 6, 2008

Twins for a 70-year-old?

November 6, 2008 — Omkari Panwar has given new meaning to the idea that 70 is the new 60. Or perhaps 70 is the new 30? Earlier this month, the 70-year-old mother of two daughters and grandmother to five gave birth via Cesarean section to twins, a boy...

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November 3, 2008

Study links sexual content on TV to teen pregnancy

November 3, 2008 — Thanks to Alleyne Regis for this article. ——————- Sexual content on television is strongly associated with teen pregnancy, a new study from the RAND Corporation shows. Researchers at the nonprofit organization found that adolescents with a high level of exposure to television shows with...

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October 29, 2008

The Marathon’s Not Over

October 29, 2008 — THREE decades ago, many pundits were saying that an ever-rising population could lead to global disaster. They argued that ecological catastrophe, resource wars and other tragedies were inevitable unless radical measures were taken to defuse the coming “population bomb”. Happily, a mixture of technological...

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October 29, 2008

Meanness Appears to Rub Off on Viewers

October 29, 2008 — Researchers have long known that watching violence on TV or in movies ratchets up aggression, but what about watching people being mean to one another? Could watching Mean Girls make you as aggressive as watching Kill Bill? A new study suggests the answer is...

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October 27, 2008

MIT Energy Storage Discovery Could Lead to ‘Unlimited’ Solar Power

October 27, 2008 — Thanks to Milton Saier for this article. —————- Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new way of storing energy from sunlight that could lead to ‘unlimited’ solar power. The process, loosely based on plant photosynthesis, uses solar energy to split...

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October 24, 2008

Going Green

October 24, 2008 — Thanks to John Rowley for this article. —————– Several new stories on this website highlight the growing predicament of politicians faced with the essential need to cut down fast and firmly on carbon emissions from all sources if the world is to be saved...

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October 22, 2008

Game To Take On Domestic Violence

October 22, 2008 — Creating a fun game may seem an unlikely way to tackle the serious problem of domestic violence. But that’s the task facing a team of college students in quaint Vermont. An added challenge: The digital game has to be appealing and accessible to young...

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October 14, 2008

Mailman School Mourns the Passing of Dean Emeritus Allan Rosenfield, MD

October 14, 2008 — As many of you know, Dr. Allan Rosenfield, our beloved Dean Emeritus, passed away at his home on Sunday, October 12. I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you about Allan and the impact he had on so many lives around the...

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October 12, 2008

World Population Approaches 7 Billion

October 12, 2008 — Thanks to Phil Dodd for this press release from the U.S. Census Bureau. ——————– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 Tom Edwards CB08-95 Public Information Office Broadcast Release 301-763-3030/763-3762 (fax) 301-457-1037 (TDD) e-mail: pio@census.gov World Population Approaches 7 Billion World population is projected...

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October 11, 2008

Biofuel, Solar and Wind

October 11, 2008 — Thanks to Andrew Ferguson for his review of a new book edited by David Pimentel. Biofuel, Solar and Wind (Word doc., 45 KB)

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October 9, 2008

The high priest of “peak oil” thinks world oil output can now only decline

October 9, 2008 — The Only Way is Down FOR a man who believes that the world as we know it is coming to an end, as least as far as energy is concerned, Matthew Simmons is remarkably cheerful. He magnanimously excuses The Economist’s poor record of predicting...

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October 8, 2008

Bob Engleman with Diego Mulligan, KSFR FM

October 8, 2008 — On October 8, 2008, Bob Engleman was interviewed by Diego Mulligan on KSFR FM which broadcasts throughout Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a part of Population Media Center’s Population News Media Strategy. PMC developed this program in the United States to place population experts...

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October 6, 2008

Let the markets solve the energy crisis – and a response

October 6, 2008 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for this article. ———————- When I became BP chief executive just over a year ago, I warned that the supply and demand balance for energy was very tight. But, in common with most people, I never expected to see the...

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September 30, 2008

Has the Navrongo Project in Northern Ghana Been Successful in Altering Fertility Preferences?

September 30, 2008 — Doctor, Henry V. ABSTRACT Has the Navrongo Community Health and Family Planning (CHFP) Project been successful in changing fertility preferences? Using linked data from panel surveys conducted in the Kassena-Nankana district of northern Ghana in 1995 and 2002 as part of the CHFP, we...

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September 22, 2008

Bangladesh is set to disappear under the waves by the end of the century

September 22, 2008 — This spring, I took a month-long road trip across a country that we – you, me and everyone we know – are killing. One day, not long into my journey, I travelled over tiny ridges and groaning bridges on the back of a motorbike...

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September 21, 2008

Diminished Arctic Ice means good news and bad

September 21, 2008 — Thanks to Ned Lundquist for the following article. —————– Diminished Arctic Ice means good news and bad Open sea lanes require more vigilance By Edward Lundquist There is a lot of water in the world for the U.S. Navy to patrol. Now add one...

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September 14, 2008

Today’s food crisis isn’t a blip

September 14, 2008 — Thanks to Carter Dillard for sending this OpEd from USA Today. ———————— For anyone wondering where food prices are really headed, the news that Beijing has begun buying up farmland in Africa and South America offers a troubling hint. When China began acquiring oil...

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September 11, 2008

Sustainable Development: A New World Deception

September 11, 2008 — Many thanks to Bill Willers for this copy of his 1994 paper on sustainable development. Sustainable Development: A New World Deception (Word doc., 3 MB)

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September 10, 2008

Wake Up America

September 10, 2008 — Thanks to Joyce Tarnow for this article by James Howard Kunstler. Despite the title, it is relevant globally. —————– Everywhere I go these days, talking about the global energy predicament on the college lecture circuit or at environmental conferences, I hear an increasingly shrill...

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September 10, 2008

Religious Leaders from the Afar Region of Ethiopia Issue Declaration to End the Practice of Female Circumcision

September 10, 2008 — In this announcement from Nazareth, Ethiopia, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, representatives from the Office of the Supreme Sharia Courts, Islamic Affairs Bureau, and the Women’s Affairs Bureau of Ethiopia issued a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision, also called...

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September 9, 2008

UNFPA and 34 Million Friends

September 9, 2008 — Below is a video of Jane Roberts, Co-founder of 34 Million Friends of UNFPA, talking about the importance of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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September 7, 2008

World Fertility Patterns 2007 Wallchart

September 7, 2008 — See the UN Population Division’s latest fertility rates by country in a wall chart at http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/worldfertility2007/worldfertility2007.htm. The last decades of the twentieth century witnessed a major transformation in world fertility: total fertility fell from an average of 4.5 children per woman in 1970-1975 to...

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September 2, 2008

Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change 2008 – Calendar Listing

September 2, 2008 — Jim Motavalli, Katie Mogelgaard and I are doing a panel presentation at the Bioneers by the Bay conference on “The Population Factor in Climate Change. Much at the conference will be of interest to receivers of these emails. ———————— The Fourth Annual “Bioneers by...

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August 29, 2008

Herman Daly: A Steady State Economy

August 29, 2008 — This paper makes the point that a failed growth economy and a steady-state economy are not the same thing; they are the very different alternatives we face. Herman Daly: A Steady State Economy (PDF, 139 KB)

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August 27, 2008

Bloomington, IN supports a steady state economy

August 27, 2008 — Thanks to Dave Paxson for this press release. ————– PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2008 Contact: Kelly Boatman, Chair, City of Bloomington Environmental Commission (812) 287-0031 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION ADDRESSES GROWTH The City of Bloomington Environmental Commission has adopted a position statement and...

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August 19, 2008

Albert Bartlett on population, peak oil and the exponential function

August 19, 2008 — In case you have not seen Albert Bartlett of the University of Colorado-Boulder give a talk on population, peak oil and the exponential function, please watch these You Tube videos. (Part 1)

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August 12, 2008

Nothing Governments Can Do About Rising Oil Prices

August 12, 2008 — This interview was carried by Australian Broadcasting Corporation on May 13, 2008. ——————— Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 13/05/2008 Reporter: Tony Jones Oil expert and author Richard Heinberg joins Lateline to discuss the phenomenon of peak oil. Transcript TONY JONES: Now to tonight’s interview with...

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August 7, 2008

Population Growth in the United States & Canada: a Role for Scientists

August 7, 2008 — Thanks to Peter Salonius for sending me the article below. Population Growth in the United States & Canada: a Role for Scientists (PDF, 139KB)

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August 3, 2008

Ecological Sustainability Website

August 3, 2008 — Many thanks to Sandy Irvine for sending the link to the website on Ecological Sustainability. You can find the home page at http://www.ecological-sustainability.info/. I found the statement in the “About Us” section most interesting. You can link to it at http://www.sandyirvine.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/PDFs/About%20Us.pdf.

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August 3, 2008

New Training Manual Helps Mobilize Muslim Religious Leaders for RH/FP

August 3, 2008 — New Training Manual Helps Mobilize Muslim Religious Leaders for RH/FP. Religious leaders play a key role in shaping the health-seeking behavior of their communities-particularly with respect to family planning and reproductive health, topics where science, religion, culture and morality profoundly intersect. http://ent.groundspring.org/EmailNow

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July 20, 2008

Demographic Effects on Economics

July 20, 2008 — David Bloom-Population and Economics (PDF, 484KB) I recently read this interesting paper by David Bloom and David Canning, which is being published by Population and Development Review. It is an excellent analysis, although I think the paper could give more attention to the mechanism...

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July 19, 2008

An Introduction to Ecological Economics (e-book)

July 19, 2008 — From the Earth Portal website. See http://www.eoearth.org/article.

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July 18, 2008

Population Institute Global Media Awards Call for Entries

July 18, 2008 — The Population Institute’s 29th annual Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues by recognizing positive treatment of these issues by journalists, commentators and others in the print and broadcast media, as well as in new media and film.

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July 12, 2008

Water Woes

July 12, 2008 — The Colorado River is the water source for 27 million people in seven Western states. But years of drought and increased demand have cut the water supply in half, leaving the river at risk. Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. calls the Colorado “a train...

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July 9, 2008

Running Out of Planet to Exploit

July 9, 2008 — Thanks to Katie Elmore for this article from the New York Times. ————————— Nine years ago The Economist ran a big story on oil, which was then selling for $10 a barrel. The magazine warned that this might not last. Instead, it suggested, oil...

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July 7, 2008

New Partnership Between Population Media Center and The Population Institute

July 7, 2008 — I am pleased to report to you that the Board of Directors of the Population Institute (PI) has formed a formal partnership with Population Media Center (PMC).

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July 6, 2008

Why the demise of civilisation may be inevitable

July 6, 2008 — Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article. Contemplating the demise of civilization is not for the faint of heart. At least it is fair to say we live in interesting times. ——————————— DOOMSDAY. The end of civilisation. Literature and film abound with tales of...

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July 4, 2008

No Babies?

July 4, 2008 — Thanks to Paul Paquet, Alan Kuper and Jim Motavalli for this article. ————————– It was a spectacular late-May afternoon in southern Italy, but the streets of Laviano — a gloriously situated hamlet ranged across a few folds in the mountains of the Campania region...

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July 1, 2008

Recently Released Documents from James Hansen

July 1, 2008 — Thanks to Joseph Hartman for these two documents from climate expert James Hansen. Climate Change (PDF, 136 KB) Yankee Ticket Prices (PDF, 22 KB)

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June 30, 2008

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Accelerating Rapidly

June 30, 2008 — Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the burning of fossil fuels stood at a record 8.38 gigatons of carbon (GtC) in 2006, 20 percent above the level in 2000. Emissions grew 3.1 percent a year between 2000 and 2006, more than twice the rate...

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June 30, 2008

Global Fund Observer Issue 91

June 30, 2008 — GLOBAL FUND OBSERVER (GFO), an independent newsletter about the Global Fund provided by Aidspan to over 7,000 subscribers in 170 countries. Issue 91: 30 June 2008. (For formatted web, Word and PDF versions of this and other issues, see www.aidspan.org/gfo) Note: This issue of...

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June 26, 2008

Treading on a taboo

June 26, 2008 — Thanks to Albert Kaufmann and several others for this letter by Jack Hart from the Oregonian. ——————— Each Tuesday I carry the recycling to the curb and look out over a city bristling with light rail, streetcars, bicycles, eco-roofs, and little yellow bins like...

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June 25, 2008

Two Editorials Needing Response

June 25, 2008 — The Coming Population Bust and A World Without Children – Two Editorials Needing Response The same concepts about too few people keep appearing in major corporate owned media. The public must be very confused as to what is really happening as they sit in...

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June 23, 2008

The Beginning of the End For Coal

June 23, 2008 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this article. —————– With concerns about climate change mounting, the era of coal-fired electricity generation in the United States may be coming to a close. In early 2007, a U.S. Department of Energy report listed 151 coal-fired power plants...

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June 21, 2008

USC Annenberg Announces Fourth Annual Rogers Awards Call for Entries

June 21, 2008 — For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie Wong USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center (323) 782-3316 leslie.wong@usc.edu USC Annenberg Announces Fourth Annual Rogers Awards Call For Entries LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2008 —Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a project of the USC Annenberg School’s Norman Lear Center,...

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June 21, 2008

Fertility Transitions in Developing Countries: Progress or Stagnation? By John Bongaarts

June 21, 2008 — Over the past quarter century fertility has declined rapidly in many developing countries. Projections typically assume that this trend will continue until the replacement level is reached. However, recent evidence suggests that ongoing fertility declines may have slowed or stalled in a number of...

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June 15, 2008

Common Wealth

June 15, 2008 — Thanks to Don Weeden for alerting me to the article below in Time by Jeffrey Sachs. ———————- The 21st century will overturn many of our basic assumptions about economic life. The 20th century saw the end of European dominance of global politics and economics....

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June 10, 2008

Response to The Economist

June 10, 2008 — Many thanks to Steven Sinding for this response to The Economist on their review of Matthew Connelly’s Fatal Misconception: the Struggle to Control World Population. ———————— To the Editor: Re: your recent review of Matthew Connelly’s Fatal Misconception: the Struggle to Control World Population....

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June 9, 2008

Coal Can’t Fill World’s Burning Appetite

June 9, 2008 — Thanks to Eric Rimmer for this article from the Washington Post. ——————— Long considered an abundant, reliable and relatively cheap source of energy, coal is suddenly in short supply and high demand worldwide. An untimely confluence of bad weather, flawed energy policies, low stockpiles...

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June 6, 2008

Falling Water Tables, Falling Harvests

June 6, 2008 — Thanks to Lester Brown for this insightful look at the world’s freshwater situation. —————— Scores of countries are overpumping aquifers as they struggle to satisfy their growing water needs. The drilling of millions of irrigation wells has pushed water withdrawals beyond recharge rates, in...

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May 23, 2008

Was Malthus Just Off Some Years?

May 23, 2008 — Thanks to George Plumb for the editorial, “Was Malthus Just Off Some Years?,” published May 15, 2008 in the Montpelier Bridge. See http://www.montpelierbridge.com/?page=19&dat=051508.

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May 17, 2008

“Green Economics”: Turning Mainstream Thinking on Its Head

May 17, 2008 — A few years ago, a homeowner in Las Vegas—a place that gets maybe five inches of rainfall a year—was confronted by a water district inspector for running an illegal sprinkler in the middle of the day. The man became very angry. He said, “You...

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May 7, 2008

Sustainability of the World’s Outputs of Food, Wood and Freshwater for Human Consumption

May 7, 2008 — Bruce Sundquist has completed a scholarly analysis of the sustainability of the world’s systems for producing food, wood and freshwater. The paper, “Sustainability of the World’s Outputs of Food, Wood and Freshwater for Human Consumption” is a must read for a thorough understanding of...

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May 1, 2008

Roots of Asia’s Rice Crisis

May 1, 2008 — Thanks to Marian Starkey for this article. ——————————— Gantallan Plorensio’s farm is a paradox at the heart of Asia’s growing rice crisis. The fields that get enough water have never been more productive, contributing to a 5 percent annual increase in rice production over...

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May 1, 2008

Vermonters: Join CARE in Washington DC on June 18 and 19

May 1, 2008 — CARE is holding a conference in Washington, DC and is hoping to build their Vermont constituency working on advocacy issues at a state level. Here is their announcement. Join CARE in Washington DC on June 18 and 19, 2008 for the CARE National Conference....

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April 12, 2008

Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler

April 12, 2008 — Thanks to Phil Dodd for this article, which does not mention population growth as a contributor to the problem. ———————– A SEA change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store — something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed...

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