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Eight reasons to be concerned about our population reaching 8 billion

November 10, 2022 | Post

Our population has reached a major milestone today: 8 billion people. While many may see this as an occasion to celebrate, our large and growing population presents some serious challenges. The latest projections by the United Nations Population Division revealed that our numbers will continue to rise until well into…...

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The environmental footprint of feeding 8 billion and counting

October 28, 2022 | Post

Global food production causes enormous environmental damage, from habitat destruction to water shortage, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution. A major new analysis reveals how much different food types and areas contribute to our collective food footprint. The Green Revolution and rapid global expansion of food production averted millions of deaths…...

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Wildlife populations plummet as human population nears 8 billion

October 17, 2022 | Post

A new report reveals monitored populations of wild mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and amphibians have declined by an average of 69% over nearly 50 years, while conservation efforts have failed to tackle the root causes of biodiversity loss. The Living Planet Report, published by the World Wide Fund for Nature…...

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Billions and counting in harm's way: Climate change and population growth

October 11, 2022 | Post

The full extent of the devastation left by Hurricane Ian as it tore through Florida remains to be determined, but its destructiveness is expected to be greater than many comparable storms because of the large amount of built infrastructure in its path. Ian made its first U.S. landfall near Fort…...

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Re: U.S. Population Growth Has Nearly Flatlined. Is That So Bad?

October 4, 2022 | Post

We were pleased to see Spencer Bokat-Lindell’s op-ed "U.S. Population Growth Has Nearly Flatlined. Is That So Bad?" in The New York Times on September 14, but it fell short in addressing the environmental benefits of reduced population growth. We sent a letter in reply, but have not received a…...

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Gender equality centuries away unless we accelerate women's empowerment

September 27, 2022 | Post

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 is to achieve global gender equality and to empower all women and girls by 2030. Two sobering new reports show we are far off track, with the current rate of progress suggesting women won’t reach equity with men until at least the…...

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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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