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More and more people living on the planet is cause for concern

By Sarkadi Zsolt, translated and shortened by The Overpopulation Project TOP assisting researcher, Patrícia Dérer, was recently interviewed for the Hungarian newspaper, 444. The article, shortened and translated to English, includes highlights from her interview where she discusses the conditional nature of population projections, the link between population and biodiversity, the declining population of eastern … Continue reading More and more people living on the planet is cause for concern

Fix the climate with smaller families

By Ashley Berke Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are at an all time high. That growth tracks explosive world population growth, which is the greatest driver of climate change and a threat multiplier. The Green New Deal has justifiably generated excitement and enthusiasm among people who believe its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero over … Continue reading Fix the climate with smaller families

A Simple Point (that makes a big difference over time)

by Philip Cafaro Here at The Overpopulation Project we explore various aspects of the population-environment connection, some of which get quite complicated. In this blog we make a simple point, well worth remembering and sharing with colleagues and friends. We highlight the difference between a decreasing rate of global population growth, the amount of growth, … Continue reading A Simple Point (that makes a big difference over time)

Family Planning for forests and people – the success story of Costa Rica

By Patrícia Dérer Costa Rica is a country of exceptionally rich and well-protected biodiversity. It is a solid democracy where people live long, relatively healthy and happy lives while leaving a small ecological footprint. Together with its good and improving environmental performance and overall well-being, the country is characterized by a below replacement fertility level, … Continue reading Family Planning for forests and people – the success story of Costa Rica

Believe it or not: Education can cause trouble in youthful countries

By Frank Götmark  Population growth contributes to conflicts, according to several studies. There is also evidence that a “youth bulge” in societies, creating a high proportion of young men, can lead to more conflicts and violence. But can violence really be exacerbated by education of a young population? High population growth has repeatedly been connected … Continue reading Believe it or not: Education can cause trouble in youthful countries

Civilization extinguishing biodiversity, where are the viable alternatives?

By Jenna Dodson A new United Nations report on biodiversity was released this week with much media coverage. Scientists and mainstream journalists seem unwilling to address the fundamental drivers of biodiversity decline, but public response suggests transformative change is gaining traction. This week, many media outlets are covering the pre-release of a new United Nations … Continue reading Civilization extinguishing biodiversity, where are the viable alternatives?

Low fertility in South Korea: a springboard for social change and conservation

By Jenna Dodson In the 1960s and 70s, South Korea experienced one of the fastest fertility declines in the world, halving the number of children born per woman from over 6 to less than 3 in just 18 years. In large part, this was due to early government recognition that fertility reduction is a component … Continue reading Low fertility in South Korea: a springboard for social change and conservation

When the heroes win, everybody loses

By João Abegão Human overpopulation is real; it’s serious and needs to be humanely handled by conscientious and charitable individuals. Thanos from the Avengers movies is neither one of those things. He recognized the problem but acted viciously on his “solution,” phasing out of existence 50% of all intelligent life in the Universe. What Thanos … Continue reading When the heroes win, everybody loses

The implicit population hypothesis hidden within EU Green party platforms

By Phil Cafaro In the run up to elections to the European Parliament in May, 2019, the coalition of European Green parties has put forth a statement of principles and political goals: “Priorities for 2019: What European Greens Fight For.” Organized around twelve key goals, all in line with “core Green values that we pursue … Continue reading The implicit population hypothesis hidden within EU Green party platforms

Review of “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” Part 1

By John McKeown Empty Planet moves confidently from an optimistic premise to unwarranted conclusions. It has been reviewed favourably by Steven Pinker, The Wall Street Journal and the New Statesman, among others. Its premise is that world population will peak far lower and sooner than the UN forecasts, and that because of a faster-than-expected decline in … Continue reading Review of “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” Part 1