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Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



Croplands Changed by Climate’s Ups and Downs

New research shows that the complex balance of gains and losses caused by climate change could mean more land being available for agriculture—but fewer harvests.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Current Trends Follow Book Predicting Global Collapse

Research from the University of Melbourne found forecasts made in the 1972 book “Limits to Growth” regarding resource use, population growth, industrial output and other factors of the world’s economy and ecosystems to be accurate.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Map Simulates Births and Deaths the World Over

Looking for something to put things into perspective? Check out this real-time map to remind you how transient life is, but also, how quickly the world is becoming populated.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Threat to South Africa’s Crops

The southern region of Africa could be among areas hardest hit by climate change, and a rapidly expanding population is likely to add to future problems.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



SparkNotes No More—Your Teacher Will Know

With e-books, educators can see whether you’ve skipped pages or even bothered to open your textbook; a Spanish study claims there will be fewer people living on earth in the next century than now; meanwhile, although Portugal’s government has failed to impose austerity, it’s now come up with equivalent replacement measures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Lab-Grown Meat Is Real, but Will People Eat It?

Right now the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the world population at 7 billion and growing. Feeding all those people is going to be a challenge and, like it or not, it may involve really disgusting meat jelly.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 READ MORE



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One in Five Children Impoverished in U.S.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau report a steady decline in median household income for Americans, a yawning inequality gap and more than one in five children under age 18 living in poverty.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Seven Billion Reasons

These are daunting numbers, almost as unfathomable as that looming 7 billion figure. But there’s no need to turn away because the scope of the problem is simply too large to comprehend.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Global Population Expected to Continue Exploding

The U.N. forecasts the world will hold more than 10 billion people by the end of the century, including a tripling of Africa’s population.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



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The Food Bomb

The world will need 70 percent more food in 2050 than it produced in 2000, but the resources available are plummeting.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


The ‘Human’ Factor Missing in Copenhagen

Countries are wrangling over everything about human-induced climate change except the increasing number of humans inducing it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Muslims a Fourth of World’s Population

The internationality of Islam is emphasized by a new Pew Research study that found one in four people in the world to be Muslim. With 1.57 billion adherents, Islam ranks second only to 2.25 billion-strong Christianity. The study’s findings counter the disparaging, stereotyping notions that many in the West have of “the Muslim World.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Yet Another Reason Why War in Afghanistan Is a Bad Idea

Numerous historical examples have demonstrated that attempting to go to war in Afghanistan isn’t really the best plan, what with the tricky geography and all, yet here we are, eight years into just that very scenario. Along with the landscape-oriented issues, The Wall Street Journal has noted yet another reason that this war is dragging on without a clear end in sight.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


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We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Gaza’s Baby Boom

According to a Palestinian census, the population of Gaza jumped by 40 percent between 1997 and 2007. West Bank officials expect the Gaza population, which they estimate at 1.4 million, to double over the next 21 years.

Posted on Feb 15, 2009 READ MORE



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From the Annals of Retired Fascist Baby Names

The Movimento Sociale-Fiamma Tricolore party in Italy has offered to pay $1,940 to parents who name their children after Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele. The “purely casual” name game is meant to address low birthrates and not fascist nostalgia, according to the far-right party. Sure.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


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1 in 100 American Adults in Jail

So much for the “war on crime”: According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States, 1 in 100 American adults is now in jail. The report states that “current prison growth is not driven primarily by a parallel increase in crime, or a corresponding surge in the population at large”; instead, “it flows principally from a wave of policy choices that are sending more lawbreakers to prison and ... keeping them there longer.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


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U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.2 million people in prison and 7 million in prison, on probation or on parole.  China, which has about a billion more people than the U.S., has only 1.5 million prisoners.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Jobs Report Indicates Economic Cool Down

Weak employment gains in May (only 75,000 net new jobs) may be a sign of a faltering economy. According to NYT: “Anything below about 150,000 net new jobs a month is regarded as too slow to keep up with population growth, so in effect, workers are losing ground.” (story | job report)

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


1 in 136 U.S. Residents Behind Bars

Let those numbers sink in for a minute. 1 in 136. According to government statistics, roughly 2.2 million U.S. residents were in prisons and jails last summer. It’s by far the highest per capita rate of any country in the world. And it’s mostly due to our unforgivably barbaric drug policies.

Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


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The Colbert Show Solves the ‘Under’-Population Problem

Stephen Colbert listens as Fox News host John Gibson explains that the world needs “procreation,  not recreation.”

Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


Census: Hispanic Baby Boom Driving Population

Hispanics account for 49 percent of the country’s growth from 2004 to 2005, and 70 percent of the growth in children younger than 5, according to a new census report.

Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


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GOP Senator Caught in Bind on Immigration

On a day when tens of thousands have taken to the nation’s streets to protest a tightening of immigration laws, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas finds himself pinched between conservative “no amnesty” types and and Texas’ huge immigrant population.

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


Some Baby, Somewhere Soon, Will Become 300 Millionth American

With the population growing by one person every 14 seconds, the mark will likely be reached in October, say demographers. | story

Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


China: Boom or Boomerang

China: Boom or Boomerang

At the same time that China is recording huge increases in trade surpluses and currency reserves, deadly riots are breaking out on the outskirts of some of the country’s largest cities. In this Dig, scholar Orville Schell challenges the current wisdom about China being an inevitable superpower and unstoppable economic force.

Posted on Dec 3, 2005 READ MORE


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