Browsing the "population" Tag

World Population Day: Let’s Celebrate?

July 11th, 2013 | by Guest Author

On World Population Day, Population Connection president John Seager offers ideas on how we can turn this event from a day meant to raise concern to one for celebration


Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 2. The Ecology of Population Growth

May 9th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Throughout most of human existence, population growth has been so slow as to be imperceptible within a single generation. Reaching a global population of 1 billion in 1804 required the entire time since modern humans appeared on the scene. To add the second billion, it took until 1927, just over a century. Thirty-three years later, in 1960, world population reached 3 billion. Then the pace sped up, as we added another billion every 13 years or so until we hit 7 billion in late


Baby Busts and Ponzi Demography: The Costs of Population Growth

March 21st, 2013 | by Guest Author

Worried about the "baby bust" under discussion in some media outlets? John Seager of Population Connection argues that there's no shortage of people in the developed world (nor will there be), and that the "Ponzi demography" represented by such thinking is unsustainable


How Do We Define "Corporate Sustainability?"

November 28th, 2012 | by Guest Author

What does corporate sustainability actually mean? A company gives lots of money to charity? Follows rules and regulations? Or something else? Roger Ballantine of Green Strategies, Inc., wrestles with these questions


The New Global Food Crisis: Lester Brown's Full Planet, Empty Plates

November 5th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The phrase "global food crisis" may strike us in the developed world as a bit overblown. But in his new book Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, Lester R. Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute, aptly demonstrates that our current food security situation is anything but normal... and could even represent the "weak link" to maintaining the standard of living to which we've become accustomed


Family Planning Can Help Keep Our Lakes Blue

October 19th, 2012 | by Guest Author

A human population of 11 billion might turn Wisconsin’s gorgeous lakes green. Not green as in environmentally sound, but green as in covered in slimy, stinky, toxic blue-green algae


The Cleveland… Bears?

September 19th, 2012 | by Guest Author

This month, a young black bear was found in a tree outside an apartment building in Cleveland. While it makes for interesting headlines on the small scale, the competing interests of humans and animals on the global scale could spell doom for wild creatures


Redefining Security for the 21st Century

May 31st, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

The situation in which we find ourselves pushes us to redefine security in twenty-first century terms. The time when military forces were the prime threat to security has faded into the past. The threats now are climate volatility, spreading water shortages, continuing population growth, spreading hunger, and failing states. The challenge is to devise new fiscal priorities that match these new security threats



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