Monthly Archives: September 2014

How academics got traction on climate change with Florida politicians

asaJeff Chanton

In the year 2000, I watched the Gore-Bush debates with a sense of disbelief. Al Gore was talking about putting social security in a lock-box and not tackling George Bush II on climate issues. What about the CO2 problem? Climate wasn’t mentioned in those debates nor in the campaign. And, over the next decade, Democrats were afraid to bring up the issue, reckoning that everyone who was concerned about the issue would vote for them anyway, and they didn’t want to alienate the independents confused by fossil-carbon industry hype. Suddenly, this year, in Florida at least, we’ve got a Republican governor casting himself in a green light, and a Democratic candidate who wants to air the issue. How did this happen? Read the rest of this entry

A Partnership Strategy for Promoting Science

...By David Schrom *

Many scientists want to win greater public support and understanding for science. I share this desire and have labored towards it with modest success for more than half a century. I’m writing now to describe an approach I’ve found effective and to encourage others to test it in situations you deem appropriate.  Read the rest of this entry

The challenge for humanity in the 21st century – adapting and sizing ourselves to fit within the capacity of one planet

Research, education, and policy guidance for a better global future.

Research, education, and policy guidance for a better global future.

Sustainable development, as that term is commonly used and understood, means making continued economic and social development more resource efficient and less detrimental to the environment. But making development more sustainable, while highly desirable, is not the same thing as actually achieving sustainability.   As we plan and carry out human development programs we must ensure that our aggregated demands upon the planet’s resources do not exceed the Earth’s capacity to supply them. Read the rest of this entry

Population Growth Leads to Booms, Busts, and Spiraling Costs, not Economic Sustainability

 

Courtesy of John Odell

Courtesy of John Odell

Stefan Norgaard

 America’s population grew at an annual rate of 0.7% this year, which according to the U.S. Census is the slowest rate of growth since 1937.[i] According to these Census data, the fastest population growth years for the United States historically were in the periods between 1900-1915 and 1947- 1962, when the nation grew on average just under 2% per year. A growth rate of 0.7%, comparatively, is small. Some economists are quick to point out countries in Europe (as well as Japan) that are now experiencing negative growth; it has produced economic problems, such as there not being enough young workers to sustain retirees.[ii] Slow population growth leads to slow (or negative) economic growth, these economists say, and this is far from optimal. As Paul Ehrlich noted in an earlier article, Paul Krugman of Princeton University on the left and John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute on the right both endorse the need for a growing labor force to stimulate economic growth.[iii] But this causal claim—that population growth by definition leads to economic growth—is far from established. Read the rest of this entry

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