CAPS Blog - Leon Kolankiewicz

Overdeveloped, Overpopulated, Overshot

A visually stunning new coffee table picture book has been published in conjunction with 2015’s Global Population Speak Out (GPSO), a campaign orchestrated and underwritten by the Population Media Center, the Population Institute and the Foundation for Deep Ecology. Cattle, fire and smoke invade the Amazon Rainforest, lungs of the world....

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Gov. Brown Pushes ‘Toilet-to-Tap’ to Solve California’s Water Shortage, but Pooh-Poohs Immigration Reduction, Population Stabilization

In California’s fabled golden age, pristine Sierra Nevada snowfields furnished sparkling snowmelt and water for the state’s residents and farmers. Will toilets join Sierra snowfields as a main source of water in California’s overpopulated, fallen future? If the state’s political and business elites have their way, that is exactly what will happen. From this...

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Not only Elephants, Rhinos and Gorillas Face Extinction in Africa; Human Overpopulation is Devouring (Literally) Other Large Herbivores Too

Imagine a lonely, desolate world without magnificent creatures such as elephants, rhinos, gorillas, hippos, zebras and giraffes gracing the wild. One in which perhaps a few abject stragglers survive behind bars in zoos as objects of regret or ridicule for hordes of gawkers. Imagine a world that is bursting at the seams with just one large mammalian species – our own Homo sapiens –...

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Drought Assails California’s Air as well as its Water

The drought now wracking California is obviously wreaking havoc with the state’s limited and shriveling water resources – withering crops and orchards and lawns. What is less well known is that the drought is also affecting air quality. Fine particulate matter PM10 and PM2.5 consist of particles much smaller than the diameter of a human hair. In its annual report, State...

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Population Growth Increases Food Imports, Insecurity

The Worldwatch Institute reports that global imports of grain grew by more than five times over the last half century, from just above 50 million tons in 1961 to more than 300 million tons in 2013. During this period, an increasing number of countries have become ever more dependent on international markets to meet their rising domestic food demand. It’s a precarious, unsustainable situation...

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Can Liberals Learn to Love Immigration Reduction (Again)? Author and Professor Philip Cafaro Believes They Can.

Dr. Philip Cafaro is a professor of environmental philosophy and ethics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and an avid outdoorsman. Picturesque Fort Collins is situated at the foot of the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, straddling cottonwood-lined Cache la Poudre River, along which Phil took me for a pleasant hike during a 2013 visit, before grabbing a beer (or two) together at a...

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William R. Catton, Jr.: An Appreciation

Several weeks ago I learned that William R. Catton, Jr., author of the landmark book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, had passed away in January at the age of 88 in Washington State, days shy of his 89th birthday. Dr. Catton was a professor emeritus of sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. This unassuming, polite gentleman and U.S. Navy veteran (1943-...

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Get the New Edition of Man Swarm by CAPS Advisory Board Member Dave Foreman with Laura Carroll

In 2011, visionary arch-conservationist and CAPS advisory board member Dave Foreman came out with a new book entitled Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife. As the arresting, politically incorrect title suggests, Man Swarm was a hard-hitting polemic, but not an angry one. In keeping with self-proclaimed “old sorehead” Dave’s own personality, it was gruff but avuncular, and of...

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Lester Brown Steps Down

Founder of Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute set to retire in June at 81 The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) has announced that its founder and president Lester R. Brown will retire in June 2015. Thus will come to a close his remarkable career – spanning more than half a century – as a leading environmental analyst and thinker. Lester Brown, founder and...

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Mass of Man Makes a Mess

The takeover and makeover of Planet Earth by human beings have been well documented by generations of scientists, naturalists and poets. Ten to twenty thousand years ago the biosphere was a veritable wilderness paradise teeming with a rich feast of furred and feathered creatures crawling, climbing, flying, running, swimming, grazing and digging. We have since converted the wild biosphere into a...

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