CAPS Blog - Leon Kolankiewicz

Bill Maher: We Should Have Fewer Resource-Sucking Children

Outspoken comedian Bill Maher of HBO’s popular show Real Time with Bill Maher, taped in Los Angeles, is a mixed bag when it comes to overpopulation, or maybe just mixed up.    In these polarized and politically correct times, when public discourse so often gets caught up in trivia or overt hatred, it’s nice to hear any celebrity at all draw attention to overpopulation as a...

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Stabilize Population to Save Water, Energy, and California

  Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County is currently at 13% of its historical average and 9% of its capacity. In a recent editorial called “Save water, save energy, save California,” the Los Angeles Times exhorts Californians to increase our water efficiency standards – do more with less in effect – to avoid even greater hardship during the next inevitable...

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Population Growth: Overlooked Cause of Astronomical Housing Costs in California

Astronomical:  the cost of housing in San Francisco (Telegraph Hill District) California has a serious housing affordability crisis on its hands. It is not one that developed overnight, but one that has worsened considerably over the decades, alongside, and driven in part by, the state’s mushrooming population. Population growth = greater housing demand = higher housing...

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As U.S. Population Rises, Groundwater Levels Fall

A new analysis by the Alexandria, Virginia-based group Negative Population Growth (NPG) finds that rapid U.S. population growth is stressing both the quantity and quality of our nation’s critical groundwater resources.   It is difficult to overstate the importance of groundwater and aquifers to America’s economy and wellbeing. As the United States Geological Survey (USGS) states...

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Our Plastic Future is Now

“I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.”  "Plastics" scene from The Graduate.   “Yes sir?”   “Are you listening?’    “Yes I am.”   “Plastics.”   “Exactly how do you mean?”   “There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it.”  –...

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Not Hell OR High Water, But Hell AND High Water: Acknowledging and Adapting to the Anthropocene

Oroville Dam in Northern California during last winter’s flooding; its main spillway had been damaged and water was pouring across and eroding the hillside. An article in the Summer 2017 California Magazine for the Cal Alumni Association of UC Berkeley asks how California is going to adapt to the Anthropocene.  For those who have been living under a rock for the past decade...

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Freaking Out Over Falling Fertility Rates

In 1986, demographers Michael Teitelbaum and Jay Winter wrote a prophetic book entitled The Fear of Population Decline. In the three decades since, the population of virtually every country on Earth has grown larger, many by substantial amounts. The planet as a whole has added about 2.5 billion human beings since their book was published. So was the book or the “fear” which it...

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High Population Density Pollutes Beaches (Sometimes)

Around the world, one of the typical consequences of high human population density in coastal zones is polluted beaches, or to be more precise, polluted water at those beaches. This water pollution puts swimmers and surfers at risk of catching stomach flu, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, rashes – and even more serious infectious diseases such as dysentery, typhoid fever,...

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Crowded Campsites: Another Symptom of Overpopulation

Years ago, in less crowded, hectic times, my girlfriend and I enjoyed a tranquil and delightful stay at one of the 10 rustic wooden cabins at Steep Ravine in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. Today, due to surging demand for a sharply limited supply, we would be hard-pressed even to be able to snag a reservation.   Close by, below the bluffs, the timeless...

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The Tragic Face of Extinction

The critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur of Madagascar – only 100 survive in the wild. Wild creatures our grandchildren will never experience in person stare back at the camera with haunting eyes and evocative expressions. Even if they themselves are oblivious to the impending demise of their species, these gazes are freighted with meaning to those of us who think that...

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