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  1. As part of the National Geographic’s yearlong series of presentations on the population issue, PBS will be featuring the issue throughout the year on the News Hour. The first of these features was shown last night and concerned the water crisis in Delhi. The video is here.

  2. Concurrent with population rise is the increased footprint of our presence enhanced by release of energy stored as fossil fuel from biologically stored solar energy.. The effect can only be described as catastrophic.. There has been the creation of artificial forms of life as corporate entities now holding hands and extracting resources as if there is no tomorrow. Corporations of security firms, finance, law offices, media, you name it and the feedback loop to national government is coupled to an expansionist mentality of big is better and more is great. It’s linked itself to religion and mineral extraction and it’s so systemic it’s impossible to see by simply looking without insight gained by education and access to the internet. Those too are under attack around the world by those looking for profit and to have control of others.. My goal is to wave a big red flag about the coming disaster and to end the disconnect between good business practices and a sustainable world by the time the climate meeting in S. Africa rolls around. Facing the totality of the problem before us in unison is the only chance mankind and the planet have to end corruptions of all things so the common good of God’s creation can be protected and done so peacefully so little guys before unnoticed have a chance to go on living in a world full of the beauty and nature.. Tech, science, and a realignment to protect the common good.

  3. The world population story should really be regarded as good news.

    It looks like world population should top out at around 9 billion, which is actually the LOW estimate from 25 years ago (at that time 12 billion was seen as the most likely peak).

    Fertility rates worldwide have been declining faster than anyone ever dared assume back in the 1970’s or 80’s.

    The real problem coming up is the impending greydom of some large developing countries. Many of them are going grow old faster than they grow rich, e.g. Mexico, Iran, China.

    To date, most of our experience with demographic transition has come from highly developed countries.

    See an article in Foreign Affairs from 2004, “The Global Baby Bust.” I disagree with Longman’s pro-natalist conclusions, but nevertheless many of his observations are valid.

    link to foreignaffairs.com

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