Where Is The Human Boom Leading Us In An Age Of Climate Change?

JULY 25, 2019 LANCE OLSEN: NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT OVERPOPULATION BUT IT, ALONG WITH FOSSIL FUEL-DRIVEN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RESOURCE CONSUMPTION, ARE SETTING US UP FOR A CRASH, HE SAYS by Lance Olsen     Map courtesy William H. Frey/Brookings Institution Robert Thomas Malthus wrote about it and so has a series of others, including Paul Ehrlich, Donella Meadows and many of her contemporaries, pondering how exploding human population, unsustainable resource extraction and our c...
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Sen. Mike Lee criticizes the Green New Deal

By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 26, 2019 Washington • To poke fun at a liberal plan to tackle climate change, Sen. Mike Lee on Tuesday took to the Senate floor with a poster of President Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur while firing a machine gun. No joke. The Utah Republican, a serious conservative not generally known for prop-supported political stunts, said his point was that the Democrats’ Green New Deal was as absurd as the poster he was showing. “I rise today," Lee ...
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What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, The Guardian Sun 27 Jan 2019 06.00 EST Last modified on Tue 29 Jan 2019 05.48 EST She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in cash, she expects hers will be p...
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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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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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Hormonal Male Contraceptive to Enter Clinical Trial

By Jef Akst | The Scientist | December 21, 2017 The gel, which men rub on their upper bodies daily, delivers synthetic progestin to block the testes from producing normal levels of sperm. A team led by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) plans to start a clinical trial of a male contraceptive gel next April, MIT Technology Review reports. The quick-drying, hormonal gel is rubbed on the upper arms and shoulders daily and can suppress sperm lev...
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I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com | 2017 Vox Media, Inc. | Sep 26, 2017, 9:20am EDT I did an event with environmental journalist (and personal hero) Elizabeth Kolbert late last week, in which we discussed various matters related to journalism and climate change. Subsequently, one of the attendees wrote and asked why I hadn’t talked about population. Isn’t overpopulation the real root of our environmental ills? Anyone who’s ever given a talk on an environmental subject knows that the popu...
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