CAPS Blog - Leon Kolankiewicz

California’s Crappy Air Quality

Population Overwhelms Pollution Control USA Today reports that six of the top ten cities with the most polluted air in America are all located in just one state. Take a guess as to which. It is not mere coincidence that America’s most populous state – California – also has the most polluted air in the country. Whether or not they even drive or own a car, SUV or pickup truck...

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Western Consumption is Deadly

Boosted by Immigration-Driven Population Growth, our Gluttony is Linked to Thousands of Deaths Worldwide One of the topics addressed in a 2016 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on U.S. immigration rates prepared by Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), about which I wrote here for CAPS, is “International Ecological Impacts of U.S. Immigration Policies....

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New Male Contraceptive: a Long Time Coming

While dozens of developed countries around the world have already achieved “zero population growth” (ZPG), global population growth as a whole, far from slowing down, has actually been accelerating in recent years, as I noted in a 2016 CAPS blog post. In 2016 alone, 90 million people net (births minus deaths) were added to the world’s population, compared to “only”...

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Lots of People + Lots of Lights = Light Pollution

From Down Under comes a curious headline that “Light pollution is killing astronomy.” For many folks, the very notion that too much light can be a “pollutant” may be a bit puzzling. After all, unlike other chemical pollutants or ionizing radiation, light is non-toxic, doesn’t stink, isn’t a carcinogen or mutagen, and isn’t an eyesore. Light isn’t...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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