Toys "R" Us

The Closing of Toys “R” Us: Due to Decline in Birthrates?

With the announcement of the closing of Toys “R” Us, we’ve seen a few articles discussing one particular reason it went bankrupt and out of business: decline in birth rates. Let’s examine this claim. Continue reading “The Closing of Toys “R” Us: Due to Decline in Birthrates?”

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Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering

Michael Cook has an interesting article on bioedge.org: “Let’s fight climate change with population engineering.” Yes – “population“engineering.” What is it? Check it out. Continue reading “Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering”

World Population Day

July 11, 2015 is World Population Day

World Population Day is coming up; it’s an annual event observed on July 11, and seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.”  The Population Clock shows the world population increases in real time-the last I looked it was: Continue reading “July 11, 2015 is World Population Day”

The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The recent “Longevity Report” in TIME magazine may make us marvel at how scientists are “toying with ways to manipulate genes and pull out aging cells, all in a race to find a way to extend longevity to its outer limits.” On one level, medical technology that may just make it possible to live to be 142 years old is amazing. Continue reading “The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity”

Laura Carroll, Man Swarm, population growth

Inside Man Swarm: The Fuller Picture of Population Growth

In developing the new edition of Man Swarm with renowned conservationist Dave Foreman, I learned so much. For example, I used to think that if birth rates decline it must mean population growth is slowing. But as the book discusses, there’s a lot more to the picture. Here are three important factors that are too often overlooked: Continue reading “Inside Man Swarm: The Fuller Picture of Population Growth”

Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Overpopulation: Check out this Excellent Documentary in the Making

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for the upcoming documentary by Anchored Minds Productions: Sense & Sustainability. Written and directed by Michael and Amanda Connolly, this is going to be one great film about overpopulation. Here is the synopsis: Continue reading “Overpopulation: Check out this Excellent Documentary in the Making”

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue books

Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue BooksI recently made the acquaintance of population expert Kurt Dahl.  He has written an interesting essay about Dan Brown’s book, Inferno. While a novel, it deals with the very real issue of overpopulation. In the book Brown has an “antagonist execute a specific solution to the overpopulation problem, but what Dahl wanted to know was if anyone had done a critical analysis this solution – in reality, would it work? Here is his essay and what he found out. Continue reading “Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?”

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Ruminations on the Book, Baby Bust

According to the recently released book, Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family by Stewart Friedman, it summarizes a cross-generational study of college students that  produced a “stark discovery: the rate of graduates who plan to have children has dropped by nearly half over the past 20 years.” In tracking the childfree choice since the late 90s… Continue reading “Ruminations on the Book, Baby Bust”

Talking Overpopulation: Signs of Coming Out of Taboo Territory?

Today the San Francisco Chronicle has the biggest feature article on population growth I have ever seen it do. The article is titled, “As the World Grow, So Do Climate Dangers.”  In watching new nonfiction releases, I have also been noticing an excellent trend… Continue reading “Talking Overpopulation: Signs of Coming Out of Taboo Territory?”

Population Experts Weigh In On the Heart of Population Issues

Thank goodness we are seeing smart pieces shooting holes in Jonathan Last’s recent baby bust scares. John Seager, President of Population Connection, does just that in a recent post on sustainablog.org. What does he think of Last’s contention that if we don’t get birthrates back up we’re in for a “spiral toward doom?” Seager characterizes it as the “perfect articulation of Ponzi demography – Check it out… Continue reading “Population Experts Weigh In On the Heart of Population Issues”