CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

Missed in the Debate

Even at 90 minutes, the first debate between incumbent Obama and candidate Romney had not even a nodding reference to one of the big issues facing the nation – immigration. (Yes, I know, there are SO MANY big issues.) This debate was billed as one about domestic issues. So it seems immigration would have been an obvious debate area. I probably shouldn’t be surprised though....

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The Population Discussion Continues

“Men in Nigeria want nine children; their wives want seven.” Kudos to L.A. Times reporter Ken Weiss for continuing the dialogue about the “causes and consequences of population growth.” Weiss penned a series of articles on the topic, which I previously recommended as a “must read.” If you haven’t yet read his very insightful writing on this issue,...

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Blurring the Lines

"Truth is stranger than fiction" seems to play out every day in California. Two recent news items just leave me "shaking my head." You’ve heard of the Dream Act, federal legislation to put illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship – legislation not passed through many years and iterations, but helped along most recently by President Obama’s “policy...

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It Ain't Easy Finding Truth

Prior to Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) running for a U.S. Senate seat, and during the initial TARP period when she was getting much attention for speaking directly about what brought about the financial meltdown and what needed to be addressed in terms of accountability and transparency, I became a fan. But Warren’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last week furthered my belief...

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Categories: jobs Tags: debt, DNC, documentary, FAIR

Participate in an EIS on Population Growth

Now underway is an exciting process that anyone can participate in who is concerned about the effects on the environment generated by growth in the United States through immigration. So read on about how you can participate! Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a nonprofit that educates the public about the impacts of mass migration, is conducting a major new project, an Environmental...

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Categories: environment Tags: environment, PFIR

Extreme Weather & Wildfires: the Population Connection

Droughts and dry seasons play their part in wildfires. With climate change, we can expect more of all three. “Extremes are the new normal,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) at the August 1 meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. At the same meeting, Dr. Christopher B. Field of Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution for Science referenced the...

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L.A. Times Runs Provocative Series on Overpopulation

If you haven’t read the five-part series, “Beyond 7 Billion,” that ran recently in the L.A. Times, I’d encourage you to do it now. The newspaper’s staff writer, Kenneth R. Weiss, along with photographer Rick Loomis, traveled to Afghanistan, China, India, Kenya, the Philippines, Uganda and other countries in Africa and Asia for a first-hand look at why population is...

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California’s New Views on Climate Change

Last month, I highlighted a study about how climate change would impact the Los Angeles region, noting the report’s tone of inevitability and references to the need to develop “climate resiliency,” or to “just adapt.” On the heels of that report is a look at all of California, entitled “Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability & Adaptation to the...

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Share, Contribute on World Population Day

Introducing the “taboo” topic of overpopulation in casual conversation can be a bit difficult these days. But with Wednesday, July 11 designated World Population Day, you have a reason to talk about it this week! Here are some factoids to spur your discussion and start some thought-sharing about how to create a sustainable population through education and voluntary choices, and a...

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'Adapting' to Climate Change

LOS ANGELES – There’s yet another report, “Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region,” indicating that the planet will become a more inhospitable place for carbon-based units. It would be nice to believe that this report will contribute to the pile of mounting data, reports, anecdotal evidence, etc. addressing climate change, overpopulation, sustainability, species...

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