population growth

population growth

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 described misplaced?

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.

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.
 

Too Crowded California Adds to Firefighters’ Challenges

Whatever else Donald Trump’s presidency may or may not mean, it’s kept immigration in the media limelight. Just as it was in the Obama administration, immigration is debated contentiously between the open borders advocates and the restrictionists, but it’s still on the table for open, if not always honest, discussion.

The Tragic Face of Extinction

vluw-eyed black lemur
The critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur of Madagascar
– only 100 survive in the wild.

On World Population Day, Ignorance and Apathy Rule

July 11 is World Population Day. Originally conceived in 1989 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this global event aims to focus the world’s attention on the importance and urgency of population issues. It seeks to raise greater awareness of population, including its bearing on such vital topics as the environment, development, migration and sustainability.

Big Island Reality: Population Pressures Everywhere

Within less than an hour after deplaning at the Kona International Airport on Hawaii’s Big Island, tourists who may have envisioned an island paradise retreat will get a rude reality jolt. Exiting the airport, and getting onto the main highway, the traveler will encounter traffic that stretches for miles in all directions.

Welcome to nirvana, with footnotes. 

New Report Underlines Link between Immigration and Unsustainable Population Growth

For Americans concerned about rapid, unsustainable population growth, a newly released Pew Research Center report confirms that immigration has been its primary driver. The Pew study supplements its earlier findings about immigration’s effect on population surges.

CAPS Ad Reminds Los Angeles that Immigration Drives Most Population Growth

Los Angeles, where I was born and spent most of my youth, is bursting at the seams – too many people, too many cars, too much construction, and therefore too much lost open space. Hard to believe though it is, at one time, Los Angeles was the U.S. agricultural capital.

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.

Pages

Top