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Feeding a Growing Population: DuPont Nutrition & Health - "Daily Bread"

By 2050, Nigeria will have a population of 440 million people. Feeding this growing population will be a challenge. That's why the Nigerian Government has im...
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Yes, the Drought Is Bad in California. It’s Going to Be Much, Much Worse in Arizona.

Yes, the Drought Is Bad in California. It’s Going to Be Much, Much Worse in Arizona. | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Last week, Lake Mead, which sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona, set a new record low—the first time since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s that the lake’s surface has dipped below 1,080 feet above sea level. The West’s drought is so bad that official...

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Not a mention of putting a moratorium on new customers connecting to the water system. Not a mention of food being pretty essential to life (moreso than new housing starts).

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We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How

We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
The minute I watched this segment from RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, I knew it must adorn the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted immediately. The first 12 seconds capture the very essence of our work:“Growth! It’s the cornerstone of our society. We must continue to grow. The Dow Jones must continue to go up. Your bank account must keep...
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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us

We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Don’t let my provocative headline give you the wrong impression. Today’s awesome piece of writing did not earn Wall of Fame honors by shaming us for our bad behavior. There is plenty to be ashamed about, but Bill Ryerson does a great job of creating understanding and offering realistic hope in his introduction to the new book:Overdevelopment, Overp...
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Best writing EVER on overpopulation.

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Vatican Rolls Out New Line of Chastity Belts

Vatican Rolls Out New Line of Chastity Belts | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
News that Pope Francis advised Catholics not to breed “like rabbits,” stormed the social media this week. Clearly we cannot ignore this here at Growth Bias Busted. The media coverage showed little evidence of pro-growth bias, but we do often feature the remarks and policy positions of world leaders. Thus, we were presented with a quandary: Do we ho...
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Newsweek Hits Home Run With Population Reporting

Newsweek Hits Home Run With Population Reporting | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Newsweek gets applause and a major nod of thanks here at Growth Bias Busted today, for a cover story that addresses overpopulation. We regularly hold mainstream media up to shame for poor coverage of population issues. Population growth is often celebrated in the media, as a sign of success for cities, regions or nations. On the rare occasions it’s...
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Great reporting that did NOT succumb to growth mania. Bravo to Newsweek for this report. ALMOST perfect. Read my praise to learn what the reporters left out.

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Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want

Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
How the New York Times covers growth issues matters. The Times gets a large number of eyeballs and has a reputation that gives this news organization a lot of influence. That’s why I’m going back a couple of months to resurrect Andrew Revkin’s commentary about the link between population and climate change:On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crossta...
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Slow Pace of Planetary Destruction Disappoints

Slow Pace of Planetary Destruction Disappoints | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Black Friday Fizzles With Consumers as Sales Tumble 11%What does this headline tell us about our culture? Bloomberg reports today that retail sales during the 2014 Black Friday weekend did not increase over last year’s spending:“Spending tumbled an estimated 11 percent over the weekend from a year earlier, the Washington-based National Retail Feder...
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Paul Krugman Digging Way to China

Paul Krugman Digging Way to China | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman finds himself once again on the Wall of Shame at Growth Bias Busted. Over the past few weeks Krugman has been providing a delicious demonstration of the old Will Rogers adage:“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”At the risk of over-cooking, to...
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The debate over limits to growth heats up!

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Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life

Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
USA Today’s Paul Davidson fell into all the classic traps in reporting that, “The American consumer has a pulse, after all.” This news story goes beyond reporting the facts about rising U.S. retail sales. The assumption that more consumption is good news is evident throughout. “The improvement marks a shift from a couple of months ago, when rising ...
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Overpopulation in U.S. Tops Overpopulation in Philipines

Overpopulation in U.S. Tops Overpopulation in Philipines | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
The news often reports on which cities are growing the fastest, and always with the fundamental assumption that this growth is a measure of success. This is malarkey, of course, since most cities have expanded well past the point where growth becomes uneconomic, costing the citizens much more than it benefits them. This week’s top-voted piece was o...
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Earth Overshoot Day: Media Coverage Underwhelms

Earth Overshoot Day: Media Coverage Underwhelms | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Earth Overshoot Day came and went yesterday with very little fanfare. Considering the very serious ramifications of humanity being in overshoot, it should have been the lead story on every newscast and in every newspaper. Since that was not the case, I have no choice but to put the world’s news media on the Wall of Shame, en masse.“Global Footprint...
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The Global Economy’s Groundhog Day

The Global Economy’s Groundhog Day | Growth Mania | Scoop.it

"Just as Bill Murray’s character could not escape Groundhog Day without radically changing his life, we cannot expect different economic outcomes without fundamentally different growth models."


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Great observations, though I think the proper response is to embrace the end of growth and begin developing a sustainable economic system.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 8, 2014 11:26 AM

Good article by Ashoka Mody in Project Syndicate, criticising the belief that the global economy can return to the growth model of the past. But Mody still thinks a new growth model is conceivable. What if we have moved into the post-growth era? Then we do not need a new growth model but a new model to share prosperity in a world with planetary and social limits.

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Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction

Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth proph...
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NSW Winning Race to Collapse

NSW Winning Race to Collapse | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Class is now in session. We have an over-the-top illustration of extreme pro-growth bias in news reporting. The first hint of this came from the headline in the Sydney Morning Herald:Surging NSW Ensconced as Number One State, WA SlipsRanking cities or states according to population or economic growth may seem a small thing in terms of bias, but the...
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Collision Course Spotlights Campaign of Doubt

Collision Course Spotlights Campaign of Doubt | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
I'm certain the book, Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet, deserves a place on the Wall of Fame. Having not yet read it, I must settle today for honoring Herman Daly’s review published in the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy’s Daly News (named after the former World Bank senior economist and now-famous father o...

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MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right

MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
One of the primary goals of Growth Bias Busted is to encourage our news media to report more accurately about economic and population growth, so it's a real rush to celebrate outstanding coverage by a “mainstream” media outlet. MSNBC gets an all-too-rare day in the sun for a recent episode of Greenhouse:“Anytime you hear anybody praising economic g...
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A rare moment of antidote to growth mania in mainstream media. Thx to  @shiftmsnbc and  @PaulREhrlich

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Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey

Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the Wall of Shame today with a bullet. Last week the country’s prime minister announced new incentives to support the Paleozoic president’s ambition for Turkey to regress to new levels of unsustainability:“Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government yesterday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realising Presi...
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Obama Economy Needs Boost?

Obama Economy Needs Boost? | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
The headline above this op-ed in the Washington Times is a textbook example of why politicians feel they must promise and deliver a booming economy:Under Obama, Economic Growth WithersWe routinely throw them out of office if elected officials preside over a recession or a lackluster recovery. In this piece, Charles Ortel goes out of his way to make...
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U.S. to China: Mine Will Once Again be Bigger than Yours

U.S. to China: Mine Will Once Again be Bigger than Yours | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Carl Gibson’s How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again had potential. It all depends on whether “top” means “healthiest” or “biggest.” Unfortunately, the author has apparently been programmed to believe bigger is better, so he delivers than completely unsustainable message here.The size of China’s economy (the amount of ann...
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Competing to be the biggest economy is not consistent with "sustainability." Growth mania seeps into the "sustainability" conversation.
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Oh, the Woes of Global Growth!

Oh, the Woes of Global Growth! | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Global Growth Woes Threaten to Beset U.S. Economy. This Wall Street Journal report earns a spot on the Wall of Shame as a textbook example of pro-growth bias in the media. It’s evident writers Josh Zumbrun and Nick Timiraos were suckled on the Kool-Aid of growth worship:“The specter of deflation in Europe and a slowdown in China and other emerging ...
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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought

Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates.A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common ass...
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How can we hope to achieve sustainable equilibrium in a world full of cities competing to be the fastest growing? This kind of thinking needs to stop. This website is working to dispel the myth of prosperity from growth.

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WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint

WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
I like World Wildlife Fund. Each year this global organization publishes the Living Planet Report, a thorough and eye-opening assessment of human impact on the Earth. But even an organization doing such amazing work can be guilty of political correctness, which I’m afraid may be the reason 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint finds itself on the ...
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Growth Profiteer: Keep Calm and Party On

Growth Profiteer: Keep Calm and Party On | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
You can always count on a headline like this to attract the magnifying glass of the Truth Squad here at Growth Bias Busted: Don’t Fear Growth – It’s No Longer The Enemy Of The Planet. It’s not a joke. It’s simply another effort by growth-pushers to reassure us that we can be selfish, greedy, and gluttonous, and the world will still go round. In thi...
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Press Club, Australian Media, Dick Smith and Graham Turner Top the Week

Press Club, Australian Media, Dick Smith and Graham Turner Top the Week | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
What a week! After a long stretch of pitiful excuses for journalism, keeping us occupied on the Wall of Shame, we got to spend this entire week on the Wall of Fame. It was a very close horse-race to determine the top Famer of the week, so I’m going to list them all, in the order of Fame you, the voters, bestowed upon them:1. Smith & Turner Lead...
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A week of decent media items that don't exhibit growth-mania.

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The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids?

The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids? | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Robert Samuelson’s latest syndicated column expressed the very real concerns of parents in the U.S., perhaps in most developed nations:“I have three 20-somethings, and although all are now gainfully occupied in jobs or school, I am awash in anxiety about their future. Will jobs be there? Will they be stable? Will they pay enough? Will they encourag...
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