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Dear Mr. Musk: You're wrong about population

September 20, 2022 | Post

Your work on electric cars and commitment to renewable energy are commendable, but you are deeply wrong about population. You’ve repeatedly expressed concern that our global population will “collapse” due to declining birth rates, stating that this represents the “biggest threat” to civilization, exceeding even the threat of climate change.…...

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Exceeding 1.5°C of warming would trigger dangerous tipping points, study suggests

September 14, 2022 | Post

A new study reveals that human-caused climate change may have already triggered some catastrophic shifts in our planetary systems, and urges ambitious climate action to prevent escalating risks.    Earth’s climate already no longer safe The paper, published last week in Science, is the first study to determine temperature thresholds…...

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Re: China’s Demographics Spell Decline Not Domination

September 2, 2022 | Post

Niall Ferguson's op-ed “China’s Demographics Spell Decline Not Domination,” published in Bloomberg on August 14 and reprinted in The Washington Post is a typical example of the incredibly narrow-minded and unhealthy view espoused by mainstream economists and growth-obsessed capitalists that declining birth rates are a disaster. We sent a letter…...

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Upzoning: No Magic Fix to Affordable Housing Woes

August 30, 2022 | Post

I live in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Population: 9,120.  Our town is bisected by the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek, alongside which you’ll find a Dairy Queen and our new amphitheater, where free concerts are held throughout the summer. Thanks to foresight and good fortune, our community has wonderful…...

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Can we rewild the American West?

August 29, 2022 | Post

Rewilding, which involves removing human disturbances from areas and restoring their natural ecosystems, is gaining recognition as a key solution to our interlinked environmental crises. An ambitious new proposal by a team of scientists from several universities aims to rewild large parts of the American West to protect endangered species…...

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Celebrities speak out on population: our favorite moments

August 19, 2022 | Post

Comedian Bill Maher recently dedicated a whole eight and a half minutes of his Real Time show on HBO to reminding people that further population growth “is not good news.” He’s not the first celebrity to help raise awareness of the issue—we’ve compiled some of the best quotes below. Bill…...

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Population Connections on an Average News Day

August 9, 2022 | Post

Pigeon rage. Alas, that’s not the punchline to a silly story about avian antics. Rather, it refers to North Carolina’s Pigeon River, which “rose and raged and destroyed nearly everything in its path” a year ago, leaving communities deeply scarred to this day. It was featured in an August 4,…...

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What’s the Hold-up on Male Contraception?

August 8, 2022 | Post

There are many female contraceptives to choose from, yet only two male options: condoms and vasectomy. Expanding male contraception methods could help reduce unintended pregnancies, which still account for almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. and globally. So why are we still waiting for a male pill?1 With…...

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Earth Overshoot: How can we achieve true sustainability?

July 25, 2022 | Post

July 28, 2022, is Earth Overshoot Day, the day on which we’ve exceeded our planet’s resource budget for the entire year. With our planetary overshoot getting progressively worse since Earth Overshoot Day first began more than 50 years ago, we’re running out of time to avert irreversible environmental damage and…...

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Population growth and climate change threaten African nature

July 21, 2022 | Post

A new study shows that the combination of human population growth and climate change will likely lead to significant habitat loss in Africa’s protected areas, underlining the importance of ramping up efforts to cut emissions and improve accessibility of family planning. The neglected crisis The biodiversity loss crisis receives very…...

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