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. 

AAAS Wields the Censor's Hammer on U.S. Population Issues

Emeritus professor of biology at San Diego State University, Fellow of AAAS, and president of Scientists and Environmentalists for Population Stabilization. Contact: hurlbert@mail.sdsu.edu.

Population Density in Parts of L.A. County Exceeds Brooklyn and the Bronx

An eye-popping blog post from Dr. Housing Bubble reported that some Los Angeles neighborhoods have higher population densities than New York’s notoriously overcrowded boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx. Dr.

Rhyming or Repeating, History Lessons May be Lost


‘Feel-Good’ Environmentalism and Population Issues

All too many environmentalists are motivated more by feeling good about protecting the environment than actually protecting the environment.

An experiment reported on recently in the Los Angeles Times gives new meaning to the phrase “feel-good environmentalism.” The story’s headline is: “Two magic words make regular coffee taste better, study finds.”

Those magic words? “Eco-friendly.”

Young, Hip, Leftie Journalists & Enviros Are Often Clueless About Immigration-Overpopulation-Environment Connection

In my two decades in the trenches, as a somewhat reluctant warrior in our country’s seemingly endless and intractable skirmishes over the interconnected issues of immigration, overpopulation and the environment, I have noticed a disturbing trend: All too many 20-something and 30-something reporters, bloggers and environmental activists seem oblivious to the interconnections between these issues.

Double Whammy: More Population & More Storms = More Death & Destruction

Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines with some of the highest winds ever recorded in a tropical cyclone (195 mph) and a storm surge two stories high. Sadly, the tragic devastation it wrought on this island nation is an evil harbinger of even worse calamities to come.

Future Famines and Food Shortages? Nah, it’s just environmentalists’ collective alarmism, amnesia

More than two centuries after Malthus first published An Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798, the long-running philosophical battle it triggered rages on. On one side are those who believe in biophysical limits to growth on earth; on the other are those who disparage any such “limits” as a fabrication of the faint-hearted and feeble-minded.

Population stabilization is not enough to save Earth

As a college undergraduate years ago majoring in forestry and wildlife management, I took an elective philosophy course in logic. One of the key takeaways that I still remember more than three decades later is the crucial distinction between the words “necessary” and “sufficient.”

When it comes to population issues, I often find myself using these two words and drawing the distinction between them, as in the following statement: “Population stabilization is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for environmental sustainability.”

America’s population explosion third highest in the world

Last week  the Wall Street Journal's editorial page featured Jonathan Last’s “America’s Baby Bust” as if our country faced a declining population.  Last wrote that our falling fertility rate represented the root cause of many of our problems, and he concluded that, “ It's only getting worse.” Read Last's column here.