Category Archives: Population

How the Catholic Church and politics helped cause overpopulation and overshoot

[ All of what follows is from the article below.  Mumford makes the case that: “Had the recommendations of NSSM 200 been implemented in 1975, the world would be very different today. The prospects would have improved for every nation … Continue reading

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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’ve summarized 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 Retreat from … Continue reading

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Pedro Prieto on Population

[I haven’t always agreed with Pedro about population, but I think he’s right now. It’s too late to do anything about overshoot, and we probably could have never done anything about it because we are animals. Though still, it is … Continue reading

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Population posts on the internet

[Below are posts I’ve run across on population I liked. There are no doubt thousands more worth reading as well, send me your favorite links.  I agree with Erlich that we aren’t going to do a damn thing about controlling … Continue reading

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PNAS: Human population reduction is not a quick fix

Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems by Corey J. A. Bradshaw and Barry W. Brook Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Edited by Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University, and approved September 15, 2014 … Continue reading

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Iran succeeds in reducing birth rate without coercion

How Iran Became One of the World’s Most Futuristic Countries  May 2, 2014  Annalee Newitz In Iran, during the 1980s conflict with Iraq, the Ayatollah Khomeini instituted new government regulations that encouraged women to have as many children as they … Continue reading

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John Howe on 1 child per woman: still too high to stay under oil depletion curve

[In the graph below, you can see that “Howe’s slide says that even with 1 child per female we don’t stay under a depletion curve of 1% per year” — private communication from Charles A. S. Hall May 13, 2012] … Continue reading

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Philip Cafaro on immigration and population

Here are some of the bullet points of what to do from “Arguments for Reducing Immigration” from Life on the Brink. Cut legal immigration from 1 million to 200,000 per year Reduce illegal immigration by strictly enforcing sactions against employers … Continue reading

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