What explains America’s mysterious baby bust?

The Economist - November 24, 2018 In some ways, the Atlantic Ocean seems unusually wide at the moment. Polls by the Pew Research Center show that western Europeans take an increasingly dim view of America, and not just its president. On the other side of the ocean, conservatives think that a clinching argument against universal health care is to call it European. Yet in other, more intimate, ways the two continents appear to be converging. American families are increasingly hard to disti...
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Letter: Avoiding Climate Armageddon

By Steve Bannister For the Deseret News This has been a difficult year for those of us very concerned that our addiction to coal, natural gas and petroleum continues its assault on our local and global environments. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report on how we are failing to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Three days later Hurricane Michael struck Florida, the fourth strongest storm ever to make U.S. landfall. And this year Utah suffered thr...
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So Over Population [Part I and II]

Outside/In Radio, October 11, 2018 Overpopulation was one of the biggest environmental issues of the 60s and 70s, arguably bigger than saving the whales, planting trees, and acid rain. But then… it seemed to disappear from the conversation. That is until the release of the movie Avengers: Infinity War where the ultimate bad guy Thanos is motivated by one concern: overpopulation. Today, we’re talking about population. How it went from being on the front pages of our newspapers and all over ...
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Population and the Steady State Economy

By Max Kummerow, The Daly News, Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy Sir David Attenborough remarked in a 2011 presidential lecture to the Royal Society that “every environmental and social problem is made more difficult and ultimately impossible to solve with ever more people.” Wherever women’s status has improved and societies modernized, he said, birth rates have fallen. He begged his audience to “talk about population.” We often hear politicians call for “more jobs.” Gr...
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Japan’s Successful Economic Model

Sep 20, 2018 ADAIR TURNER |Project Syndicate Japan’s GDP growth lags most other developed economies, and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines. But what matters for human welfare is GDP per capita, and on this front, the country excels. TOKYO – Nearly everyone says that Japan’s economic model has imploded. Since 1991, growth has averaged just 0.9% versus 4.5% over the previous two decades. Slow growth, combined with large fiscal deficits and near zero inflation, h...
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U.S. Birth Rates Are at a 30-Year Low, Despite Economic Growth

By MIKE STOBBE / AP May 17, 2018 (NEW YORK) — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns. The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99% of the birth certificates filed nationwide, co...
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U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American women continue to wait longer to have children. Birth rates fell for nearly all age groups of women younger than 40 in 2017, sending overall fertility rates to a record low, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The only age group that saw a rise in birth rates: Women in their early 40s. "This is the third year that the [overall] number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, and the lowest number of births in 30 years," s...
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Paul Ehrlich: ‘Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades’

The Guardian By Damian Carrington Thu 22 Mar 2018 07.30 EDT Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and over consumption are driving us over the edge. A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth, according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich. In May, it will be 50 years since ...
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The Wizard and the Prophet

The Wizard and the Prophet By DOUG FABRIZIO • FEB 28, 2018 In about 30 years there will be 10 billion people on the planet. Most of them will probably be middle class and want things like cars, homes, and Toblerone bars. How do you provide for that many people? Well, there are basically two answers. Link on MORE tab: Listen here: http://radiowest.kuer.org/?page=2
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