The human population on Earth has quadrupled in the past century. It is degrading the capability of Earth’s natural systems to support us. Mathematically, that astonishing growth must stop. How it will stop, and at what level and condition, is thoroughly obscure, but there are changes afoot.[…]
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Your gift helps publish and distribute materials like this. Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version POPULATION THREATS TO AMERICA’S RIVERS, ESTUARIES, AND LAKES Their Health and Future in the Face of Ever-Rising Population Numbers An NPG Forum Paper by Christopher J. Daly A look at a map that displays the full array of our […]
The U.S. has never had a formal population policy – has never tried to directly limit population growth or fertility rates. Any such policy would likely start with constraints on groups with the highest fertility rates: the poor, the poorly educated, minorities, and immigrants. The politics of such a move would be daunting. Charges of racism, elitism, and government meddling in a decision best left[…]
Since 2016, the public has become increasingly aware of the shortcomings of the present immigration system while seeking new directions for reform. One precondition for building a better system is to understand the impact of immigration on population, the labor market and economic well-being.[…]
Can the U.S. economy run on renewable energy alone? That may seem like a fanciful question at a time when the incumbent President insists that climate change is a “hoax” and is determined to restore coal to its once preeminent role in the nation’s energy supply. But a few years back Mark Z. Jacobson, a prominent Stanford University professor of engineering, published a widely acclaimed article claiming that energy from the wind, the sun, and […]
“A better appreciation of the brevity and exceptional character of the epoch of the fossil fuels can be gained if we view it in the perspective of a longer time span of human history than we have considered heretofore. In Fig. 10 the complete cycle of exploitation of the world’s total supply of fossil fuels, […]