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Professor Who Gave Famous Overpopulation Lecture Over 1,700 Times Dies

Professor Who Gave Famous Overpopulation Lecture Over 1,700 Times Dies | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A renowned former physics professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who was famous for a lecture he delivered over 1,700 times died on Saturday at the age of 90. According to The Daily Camera, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
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Death of one of the world's greatest sustainability thinkers - "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function"

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The return of the demographic crisis

The return of the demographic crisis | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The idea that we should be troubled by the prospect of a stagnant or declining population is almost laughable. This is like an overweight person being worried over the fact that they have lost 20 pounds. Under most circumstances this is good news."

 

A different look at the "problem" of ageing populations. It would be good to analyse why political and economic elites are creating the "ageing" doomsday myth.

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Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100'

Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100' | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nearly 7 billion people now inhabit planet but projections that number will double this century have shocked academics...
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What If Experts Are Wrong On World Population Growth?

What If Experts Are Wrong On World Population Growth? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A central tenet of demography is that global population will peak at 9 to 10 billion this century and then gradually decline as poorer countries develop.

Procative article which puts into question one of the central tenets of demography

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World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100

World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The model predicts that the population will likely reach between 9 billion and 13 billion by 2100."

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And still, this issue remains the biggest taboo for policymakers and media.

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Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet

Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The Royal Society wants the world to do something about population growth in a bid to stave off environmental and economic calamity, according to a new report dubbed “People and the Planet” released on April 26. At the same time, the excessive consumption of the world’s richest billion people must be restrained so that pets in the U.S. don’t consume more resources than people in Bangladesh." (Source: Scientific American blog )

 

A new report by the UK's Royal Society states some inconvenient truths and gets storm of critique from growth fundamentalists.

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Revisiting Population Growth: The Impact of Ecological Limits

Revisiting Population Growth: The Impact of Ecological Limits | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

One of the smarter articles on the population challenge highlighting the potential impact of climate change and resource scarcity on world population in the long run. 

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