Category Archives: Overpopulation

Why did the environmental movement drop the issue of overpopulation?

Roy Beck & Leon Kolankiewicz. The Environmental Movement’s Retreat from Advocating U. S. Population Stabilization (1970-1998): A First Draft of History [This is most of the 27 page report. Beck and Kolankiewicz have written this excellent paper explaining why the … Continue reading

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Nature: All women in the world should have the right to birth control

[ Nature and Science are the top two science journals in the world, so it is a big deal that Nature finally acknowledged a growing population will wreak enormous havoc on the world, and that the best way to slow … Continue reading

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Why did everyone stop talking about Population & Immigration?

[ I tried to summarize the 20 top reasons why population growth was abandoned by environmental groups and received little coverage in the news media the past 40 years.  I highly recommend reading Beck and Kolankiewicz (2000) “The Environmental Movement’s … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg Only less (population) will Do

Only Less Will Do by Richard Heinberg,  Post Carbon Institute    Mar 16, 2015 [portions of this article were cut and rearranged] Almost nobody likes to hear about the role of scale in our global environmental crisis. That’s because if … Continue reading

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Population, Fossil Fuels, Consequences

Now that oil, coal, and natural gas are at peak production or will be soon, how can any rational person argue there’s no need for birth control and less immigration with 5 of the 7 billion humans alive due to … Continue reading

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John W Day Jr, Charles Hall, et al: Ecology in Times of Scarcity

Ecology in Times of Scarcity Day, J. W. Jr., Hall, C.A., Yanez-Arancibia , A., Pimentel, D., Marti, C. I., and Mitsch, W. J. 2009. Ecology in Times of Scarcity. BioScience. 59:4, 321-331. Abstract In an energy-scarce future, ecosystem services will … Continue reading

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John Holdren, Senior advisor on Science and Technology

[I totally adore John Holdren, who completely understands our situation, and is probably responsible for many of the grey hairs on President Obama’s head.  Poor President Obama, community activist, lawyer, unaware of the world from an ecological point of view.  … Continue reading

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UK Government: Food, energy, water & the climate. A perfect storm of global events?

FOOD, ENERGY, WATER AND THE CLIMATE: A PERFECT STORM OF GLOBAL EVENTS? 12 Dec 2012. John Beddington CMG FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government Government Office For Science. Kingsgate House. 66-74 Victoria street. London [go to the original article … Continue reading

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People use 83% Of Earth’s Land Surface, 98% of land that can grow rice, wheat, or corn

Human “Footprint” Seen on 83 Percent of Earth’s Land Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News October 25, 2002 Humans take up 83 percent of the Earth’s land surface to live on, farm, mine or fish, leaving just a few areas … Continue reading

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Garrett Hardin: POPULATION: BIGGER IS LESS FREE

Recently the BIB school of population pundits— “Bigger is Better” — has become noisier. That bigger is not always better is known to everyone with eyes and a memory. An expanding population erodes individual freedom. The freedom  people had to … Continue reading

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