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Future Humans: How Many Of Us Will There Be?


NPR YouTube Planet Earth is a vast place, with humans scattered all over it. But how we’re distributed is far from even. About half of the planet’s 7.5 billion people live in just seven countries. China tops the list with over 1.4 billion people, while its neighbor India is catching up fast at 1.3 billion. […]

India to overtake China as most populous country

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India’s 1.34 billion population and China’s 1.41 billion together constitute more than a third of the world population of nearly 7.6 billion. A UN report says the world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, with India overtaking China as the most populous country in the world.  India is one of the countries with the […]

Like the Earth itself, doomsday scenarios keep on spinning


I have been around long enough to have seen a lot of things. In 1970 George Wald, a Nobel Laureate biology professor, predicted, “Civilization will end within 15 to 30 years.” In that same year, we learned of the population bomb, declaring the world would run out of food by the 1980’s. Paul Ehrlich went […]

The approaching crisis: Is the world running out of water?


GROWING up in Australia, most of us probably didn’t think twice about where our seemingly endless supply of water came from. In our young minds, the tap never ran dry. But the world certainly doesn’t have the luxury to think like that. Water is absolutely fundamental to life, which makes the increasingly loud warnings about […]

Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis


It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus. Don’t look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, […]

‘An unwise idea’: Prof critical of plan to haul icebergs to Dubai

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A U.A.E. company’s plan to tow icebergs to the country for water is an “unwise” stopgap measure that fails to address the root of the problem, a Canadian Earth sciences professor says. The plan is to drag icebergs from Heard Island, in the Antarctic, some 9,200 kilometres north to Fujairah, on the coast of the […]

Climate Alarmists: Abort Your ‘Extra’ Children


Over the past few years, outlets such as NPR, the Atlantic Monthly, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian have written articles with headlines like “Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change?,” “The Climate Change Solution No One Will Talk About,” “Voluntary Birth Control Is a Climate Change Solution Nobody Wants to Talk About,”  and “Though Climate Change is […]

‘Flammable Ice’ Harvesting Could Spell Trouble for the Climate

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An illustration of a field trial testing technology to produce natural gas from methane hydrates in Alaska. Credit: Conoco Phillips A highly combustible form of energy locked deep in the ocean finally can be harvested using a new technique, but deploying that technique on a broad scale could spell trouble for the climate, experts say. […]

‘Global Warming’ Is a Myth, Say 58 Scientific Papers in 2017


“Global warming” is a myth — so say 80 graphs from 58 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in 2017. In other words, the so-called “Consensus” on global warming is a massive lie. And Donald Trump was quite right to quit the Paris agreement which pretended that the massive lie was true. By “global warming” these papers don’t, of course, mean […]

World Population Will Lack Access To Clean Water by 2050

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With rising population and limited fresh water resources, at least 25% of the world population will lack access to clean water by 2050. The global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40% and highly-populated countries like India, China and Bangladesh will face a “chronic or recurrent” lack of clean water. […]

The Relentless March of Drought – That ‘Horseman of the Apocalypse’


By 2025 –that’s in less than 8 years from today– 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water scarcity, and two thirds of the world will be living under water-stressed conditions. Now it is feared that advancing drought and deserts, growing water scarcity and decreasing food security may provoke a huge ‘tsunami” of climate refugees and […]

Seven more Fukushima residents diagnosed with thyroid cancer

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Seven more Fukushima Prefecture residents who were aged 18 or under at the time of the 2011 nuclear accident have been found to have thyroid cancer, the prefectural government said Monday. The number of Fukushima residents suffering from thyroid cancer now totals 152, the prefectural government said in a meeting of an expert panel. Hokuto […]

Our overpopulated planet


Henderson Island, an uninhabited South Pacific atoll, is so isolated as to be practically untouched, ever, by human presence. Yet according to scientists who studied it in 2015, this island is the final resting place for 38 million pieces of mostly plastic trash, with 3,500 pieces washing up daily. The garbage comes from China, South […]

Overpopulation a threat to Earth

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  Overpopulation is an undesirable condition where the number of existing human population exceeds the carrying capacity of the Earth. This is caused by a number of factors – reduced mortality rate, better medical facilities, depletion of precious resources etc.   The effects of overpopulation can include the depletion of resources, environmental deterioration, and prevalence […]

The USGS Finds Fracking is Not Contaminating Groundwater


Fracking is not contaminating groundwater according to the USGS; a fact that has been proven enough to sound like a broken record. What does it take to change someone’s opinion on a subject? Many people believe the moon landing was fake and not even Buzz Aldrin could convince them otherwise. Some people still hold on […]

The Race to 9 Billion


Planet 2050: What Is the Race to 9 Billion™? Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine Robert Kunzig, Senior Environment Editor, National Geographic Magazine Population growth and urbanization are redefining our society. Hear the big picture from National Geographic.

‘Overpopulation’ Fears Are a Hoax. Here’s Why Higher Populations Are Actually a Good Thing.

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In 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote “An Essay on the Principle of Population.” He predicted that mankind’s birthrate would outstrip our ability to grow food and would lead to mass starvation. Malthus’ wrong predictions did not deter Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich from making a similar prediction. In his 1968 best-seller, “The Population Bomb,” which has […]

A Third of the Nation’s Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year


America’s beekeepers watched as a third of the country’s honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply. The annual survey of roughly 5,000 beekeepers showed the 33% dip from April 2016 to April 2017. The decrease is small compared to the survey’s previous 10 years, when […]

Nuclear nightmare worse than Fukushima could hit US because of ignored risks


The US has underestimated the risks to its nuclear safety as a single nuclear fuel fire could lead to fallout “much greater than Fukushima,” according to a new study. Researches slammed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for ignoring the potential danger. If spent fuel at one of the dozens of US nuclear sites sets alight, it […]

How Did We Get Here, and Why Is It So Hard to Fix?

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Activities that cause emissions are ubiquitous, diverse and deeply embedded in modern life. The world’s energy system is huge and long-lived. This makes emissions tough to deal with. This post is the first of two stepping back a little from the specific topics I usually cover to take a very high level look at why […]

High Levels of Cesium Radioactive Material Migrating Down into Soil Around Fukushima


High levels of radioactive cesium remain in the soil near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and these radionuclides have migrated at least 5 centimeters down into the ground at several areas since the nuclear accident five years ago, according to preliminary results of a massive sampling project being presented at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting […]

Air Pollution is a serious problem for children

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The Problem Unhealthy levels of air pollution in many American cities are harming the health of residents, especially those who have asthma. Although clear air laws that regulate industrial smokestacks, car engines and other sources of pollution have resulted in cleaner air, primary sources of air pollution remain. Among the largest remaining sources of harmful […]

The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

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The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in […]

Fukushima, a land where few return

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IITATE, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – Some day when I have done what I set out to do, I’ll return home one of these days, where the mountains are green, my old country home, where the waters are clear, my old country home. — “Furusato,” Tatsuyuki Takano A cherry tree is blooming in the spring sunshine outside […]

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Radiation Affected Everyone On Earth


Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster had an impact on every single person on Earth, according to scientists. The meltdown hit everyone on the planet with a dose of radiation, but fortunately, not enough to have a real impact. The disaster dosed everyone on Earth with radiation equivalent to that of a single x-ray, according to […]

Limits to Economic Growth


On April 3 in the Guardian there was an article about Christine Lagarde of the IMF concerned that the growth of productivity in many “developed countries” has been falling. There is a problem for the finance sector if growth falls away since additional income is needed for people to be able to service and repay […]

East River Oil Spill: ‘Catastrophic’ Con Ed Fail Spews 37,000 Gallons Of Transformer Oil


Wondering what to make of that oily sheen coating an increasingly large surface of the East River? According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard, a “catastrophic transformer failure” at the Con Edison station along the Brooklyn coastline two full days ago (!), around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, caused 37,000 gallons of “dielectric fluid,” or […]

The Doomsday Glacier

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In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming planet. Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is so remote that only 28 human beings have ever set foot on it. Knut Christianson, a 33-year-old glaciologist at the University of Washington, has […]

We would need 1.7 Earths to make our consumption sustainable

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President Trump has acted on his campaign promises to reverse Obama’s environmental policies and proposed a budget that would significantly slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding in an effort to take federal responsibility out of environmental regulations. More recently, White House officials have met to discuss whether the United States should leave the Paris climate agreement. [Local programs […]

Change Agents


  For at least the past 45 years, (from publication of the Club of Rome’s Limits To Growth), we have been watching a debate rage over the concept of sustainability. That word gets overused and misused so we need to be clear what we mean — the ability to maintain for an indefinite period of […]

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