CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

They Come to America

“They Come to America” is a new documentary from New York filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, who has taken particular care to examine the illegal immigration issue in a very balanced manner. I know many films get labeled as “must see,” but this one really is a must see for its thoroughness in exploring the issue and its sensitivity to never losing sight of the human costs....

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Not Enough Illegal Farm Workers?

California supposedly now has an “illegal immigrant shortage” – not enough illegal workers for farms in the state, according to “Bloomberg Businessweek” (May 7 - 13, 2012). This story comes with a spate of others generated after the Pew Hispanic Center released a report that net migration from Mexico has dropped to zero. That said, the U.S. still has an illegal...

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10 Ideas for Earth Day

If you’re in Santa Barbara, SAT, APRIL 21, visit the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival at Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, starting at 11 AM. CAPS will have an Earth Day booth. If you’re in San Diego, visit the San Diego EarthFair in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, SUN, APRIL 22, starting at 10 AM. CAPS will be here too! For those in the Valley, check out the CAPS booth at the...

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Immigration -- The Latest by the Numbers

New poll results from Rasmussen Reports show that thinking on U.S. immigration policy has changed little in the six years of regular surveying on the issue by Scott Rasmussen, public opinion pollster. Of likely voters, getting the border under control is viewed as more important than providing status to those who are here illegally. Sixty percent hold this belief, while 33 percent think the...

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Revisiting 'Limits to Growth'

“We’re at 150 percent of the global carrying capacity.” – Dennis Meadows Environmentalist and scientist Dennis Meadows talked recently about how important the capacity to “develop resilience” will be when there’s no longer cheap energy, permanent climate change and a future that’s unknown. “I am talking about longer-term resilience...

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‘Mother – Caring for 7 Billion’ Brings Humanity to Biggest Challenge

“Population growth and human consumption are the major factors in our ongoing environmental crisis.” – “Mother” We’ve reached the unfortunate state in America of polarization on most issues. Polls conducted on many topics bear that out. The issue of overpopulation certainly fits in this category – if it’s talked about at all. Add to this that...

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The State We Have Lost

“You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau Discourse on Inequality From naturalist John Muir, whose love of nature helped save many of California’s unique wilderness areas, to U.S. President and conservationist Teddy Roosevelt, who doubled the number of national parks,...

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'It’s All Boiling Down to Too Many People' – GrowthBusters Review

“I think sustainability is a bicycle with two wheels – No. 1 would be stabilizing population and second is reducing consumption.” – Dick Lamm, former governor of Colorado “If you manage, somehow, to half each person’s consumption, on average, but you allow population size to double, you haven’t gained at all, because, if you have half as much...

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Residents of Overpopulated SoCal at Risk of Death Due to Air Quality

Southern Californians (an estimated 22 million people) are at greater risk of death from the impacts of fine particulate matter in the air versus those living in other parts of the United States, according to the results of a study printed last month in Risk Analysis, an international journal produced by the Society for Risk Analysis. Particulate matter is composed of extremely small particles...

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Climate Expected to Change 100x Faster than Species Can Adapt

Due to alterations in climate anticipated to occur from now through 2100, the ranges of species will need to change dramatically, according to a recent study from Indiana University in Bloomington. The researchers concluded that climate will change more than 100 times faster than the rate at which species can adapt. This rate of change, according to the authors of the study, “is unlike...

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Categories: environment Tags: animals, climate, environment