CAPS Blog - Leon Kolankiewicz

The Late, Outspoken Doug Tompkins Sounds off on Overpopulation, Overconsumption

More than a year has now passed since the tragic kayaking accident on a South American lake – Lago General Carrerra in Patagonian Chile – that claimed the life of entrepreneur and conservationist extraordinaire Doug Tompkins. He had accomplished much in his 72 years but still had much left to do: helping save the Earth from human excesses, among other missions...

Read More

Population, Pollution, Climate Change and Environmental Justice in California

The Folly of Wanting to Have Your Cake and Eat it too There are two red-hot political issues which California Gov. Jerry Brown is perhaps proudest of, as they represent his home state’s “progressive” views and activism. First, California continues to welcome any and all immigrants, however massive their numbers and regardless of their legal status. Second, California is leading...

Read More

One Primate’s Population Soars, Causing Hundreds of Others to Sink

On Planet Earth as a whole, the population of exactly one species of primate is surging, at the expense of hundreds of other primate species. Primates, our nearest animal relatives on Earth, are in dire straits: a young chimpanzee enjoying life. The one species that is surging would be our own of course, Homo sapiens. We humans are now 7.5 billion strong...

Read More

Environmental Justice and Immigration

Back in 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12898, entitled “Executive Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.” This executive order mandates all federal agencies to “identify and address the disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their actions on minority and low-income...

Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez on Immigration

Today’s Black and Latino Leaders are Embarrassed by their Views Over at National Review, Ian Smith of the Immigration Reform Law Institute poses the fascinating question of what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have thought of today’s immigration debate were he still alive, instead of having been brutally gunned down on a motel balcony in Memphis nearly half a century ago...

Read More

Giraffe Populations Plummet in Africa

Yet Another Iconic Animal Threatened by Human Overpopulation Earth is the only place in an incomprehensibly vast and ancient cosmos known thus far to possess a biosphere that harbors complex, diverse living things. It took life some four billion years to evolve step by painstaking step from simple, single-celled, bacteria-like organisms lacking nuclei to the advanced creatures with backbones and...

Read More

Overpopulation, Development, Stagnation, Migration and Vindication

Rejecting demographic reality should not be rewarded. Back in 1994, the Los Angeles Times published a letter to the editor of mine under the headline “Overpopulation and Resources,” criticizing a Times op-ed column by the hard-hitting, flamboyant, lefty journalist and author Alexander Cockburn. The contrarian and colorful Cockburn, a former writer for The Nation and the Village Voice...

Read More

World Vasectomy Day 2016: Yes Virginia, Family Planning is for Men Too

Contrary to the hopes of those who care about an environmentally sustainable future for humanity and the biosphere, world population growth is actually speeding up, not slowing down. According to the demographers at the respected Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C, approximately 90 million people have been added to the planet’s population since last year, at the average rate of...

Read More

Awful Air Pollution

It Costs Billions of Dollars and Millions of Lives Annually A 2015 study in the scientific journal Nature found that outdoor air pollution causes 3.3 million premature deaths every year. More than two-thirds of these premature deaths occur in overpopulated, rapidly developing China (1.4 billion residents) and India (1.3 billion residents), amounting to an unplanned, unwanted, cruel form of...

Read More

World’s Wilderness Disappearing

Another Dispatch from a Vanishing Realm “In Canada and Alaska there are still large expanses of virgin country, where nameless men by nameless rivers wander, and in strange valleys die strange deaths alone.”            - Aldo Leopold, “Wilderness,” from A Sand County Almanac, 1949 (Oxford University Press) Some years ago...

Read More

Pages

Top