CAPS Blog - Leon Kolankiewicz

A Meditation on Ecological Sustainability

The Radiant Optimism of Sustainability Sutra, by Roy Morrison Roy Morrison is a visionary. He is also a long-time New England-based energy consultant and author who wrote the first law in the U.S. for municipal aggregation for retail electricity competition, an emerging tool which can be used by communities to encourage the development of renewable energy as well as to keep electric rates down...

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Nature’s Peace, Quiet Shattered by Noise

Some years ago, when I lived in New Mexico, I had the privilege of backpacking in the Gila Wilderness of the Gila National Forest in the southwestern part of the state. The Gila is America’s first official Wilderness Area, established in 1924 at the urging of Aldo Leopold, co-founder of the Wilderness Society, “father” of modern wildlife management, and the author of the beloved...

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In An Otherwise Divisive Election Year, Last November American Voters United to Approve more than $6 Billion for Local Parks, Natural Areas

And Californians Did Their Part Last November, in spite of one of the most heated, contentious campaigns in American history, conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats alike still managed to unite in approving billions of dollars for local parks and natural areas, according to the Trust for Public Land (TPL). Millions of Americans across the country gave the thumbs up to ballot...

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Today is Endangered Species Day

Let’s Not Forget the Main Driver of Species Disappearance: Too Many Humans One of the most flagrant and far-reaching impacts of human overpopulation is the overexploitation, displacement and elimination of the other creatures that have been our companions on Planet Earth since our distant ancestors first walked upright. A rough rule of thumb is that the more of us there are, the less...

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Overpopulation Overpowers Ocean

Two-thirds of once-vast sea now stressed by exponentially increasing human activity National Geographic – April 2017 magazine cover “The Next Human” … and the “Next Ocean” as well? The April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine reports that scientists were stunned recently to learn that fully two-thirds of the ocean...

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Countries with Largest Ecological Footprints all Have Large Populations

The Oakland-based Global Footprint Network – a nonprofit that calculates the demands of human economies on ecosystems – has released the ecological footprints of almost 150 countries in the 2017 edition of the National Footprint Accounts. In aggregate, these accounts suggest that the world has been running a widening ecological deficit since about 1970. The graph below highlights the...

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Finally, California’s Brutal Drought is Over

What Next? At long last, a winter of record-breaking rainstorms and Sierra Nevada snowstorms has vanquished California’s record-breaking drought. It took record precipitation to break the back of record dryness. But two things remain certain: California will experience another drought in all too few years’ time, and incessant population growth in the state ensures that the next...

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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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