iOS app Android app

Population Growth

Why An Aging Population Is NOT A Burden On The Economy

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As one of their year-end announcements, The Centers For Disease Control reported the U.S. birth rate at 1.86, below the replacement level of 2.1. There have already been grumblings about how a lowered fertility rate nationally will have an adverse impact on American economic growth.

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

Climate Change This Week: The Munchkin Dilemma, Solar Cash Crop and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.

Ag Tech Is Very Important to Our Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Paul Heroux

We are starting to understand how evolving technology in agriculture over the years has enabled the phenomenal growth we've seen recently and that technology will continue to enable the world's future growth.

Climate Change This Week: the Pepsi Hijack, Cooling Mirrors, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. An Inspiring Conversation on Addressing Climate Change National Scientific Adviso...

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

Alissa Scheller

Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You'd Be So Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms). They’re the topic of reality television sh...

For ICN2 to Succeed, We Need a New Food System Paradigm

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

By 2050, the world's population will reach 9 billion -- and all will need nutritious diets. Yet despite the intrinsic relationship between the food we grow and the food we eat, the agriculture and nutrition sectors are only just now beginning to overcome decades of mutual isolation.

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

The Population Wake-Up Call

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

A recently published study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reads like a grim Choose Your Own Adventure tale of global population dynamics. What if the next pandemic wiped out 2 billion people?

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Do Not Underestimate Family Planning

Robert Walker | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

The authors argue that reducing projected population growth rates, by itself, would not have an immediate impact on environmental threats like climate change. In a broad sense that's true, but it is sort of like saying that "Reducing fossil fuel emissions is not a quick fix for climate change."

Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

Co-Creating a Better World

Tim McDonald | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

I attended my first SXSWeco, a gathering of a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world, this year. As I think back on the experience, it was a mix of unexpected events and people, which provided me with several takeaways that can teach us all some important lessons.

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

Contraception: Saving Lives... and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The obvious reason for celebrating modern contraceptives is that they allow us to have children by choice, rather than by chance. They minimize, in other words, the chances of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy.

Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Even if population growth had no impact on the level of greenhouse gas emissions, the case for incorporating family planning into climate change discussions would still be compelling. That's because preventing unintended pregnancies helps women and families adapt to climate change.

Economic Growth Patterns in USA, Canada, Mexico and China

Dominik Knoll | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

While the U.S. economy is seeing significant growth, economies in neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico, are doing also well. In Canada, rising exports and consumer spending have translated into better growth.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

China's Dependency-Ratio Turning Point

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Around this year, China will reach or have reached an important turning point in their demographics. The total dependency ratio will begin increasing after 50 years of decreasing. China's dependency ratio is projected to increase for decades and to surpass that of the US.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.