Houston Floods Worsened by Population Growth

A recent news story from the Associated Press described how “…the nation’s 4th-largest city is being overwhelmed with more frequent and more destructive floods.” The AP story explains: “The worsening floods aren’t simple acts of nature or just costly local concerns.”

NPG has long held that population growth leads to increased development, emissions, and pollution – which has been shown to contribute to overall climate change and more extreme weather patterns. It seems the AP agrees with NPG: “Extreme downpours have doubled in frequency… in part because of global warming.”

Flood

“The other main culprit is unrestrained

development… Metro Houston… has added

more than a million people since 1992.”

Another recent headline proclaimed “Houston No. 2 on population-growth list…” – but growth in the Lonestar State isn’t limited to just Houston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, four Texas Metro Areas collectively added approximately 412,000 people in the last year alone – with the entire state growing by nearly half a million people over the same period.

Recent Census records show that 5 of the nation’s 11 fastest-growing cities are in Texas. But the Orlando (FL) Metro area and coastal South Carolina were hot on Texas’ heels for growth – those areas also dominated the list of “fastest-growing” in the nation.

NPG has long held that population growth creates a domino effect, worsening climate change and adding to extreme weather patterns. Like the AP article, we have also drawn the link between population growth, climate change, and increased strain on our nation’s overburdened infrastructure.

As we have recently seen in Houston, the consequences of U.S. population growth are all around us – and they are continuing to grow more severe. We must act NOW to slow, halt, and eventually reverse our growth – until we reach a much smaller, truly sustainable size. With your help, we will continue to advocate policies which work to reduce U.S. population size and growth.

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There is no remedy that can possibly avert disastrous Climate Change and Global Warming unless we first address the problem of world population size and growth, and its impact on the size of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.That means that we need to address the population size and growth of each nation, which together make up the world total.

World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!

From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?

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