Articles Tagged ‘Population’

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Japan continues to depopulate

The Japan Times reports: Japan’s population has shrunk for the third year running, with the elderly making up a quarter of the total for the first time, government data showed Tuesday. The number of people in the world’s third-largest economy dropped by 0.17 percent or 217,000 people, to 127,298,000 as of last Oct. 1, the data said. This figure includes long-staying foreigners. The number of people aged 65 or over rose by 1.1 million to 31.9 ... (Continue reading)

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The man who proved Malthus wrong born 100 years ago today

Agronomist Norman Borlaug was born 100 years ago today. I think he was one of the greatest human beings who ever lived, and because he did, millions of others who might have died due to starvation also lived. I wrote an article for The Interim about Borlaug when he died in 2009, entitled "Borlaug proved Malthus wrong." Here's a snippet: In 1968, Paul Ehrlich said in his best-selling apocalyptic book The Population Bomb that the world was headed toward a Malthusian ... (Continue reading)

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Obama’s priorities: population control and endangered species

Hot Air's Guy Benson draws attention to a section of Barack Obama's proposed budget (p. 930) that commits $575 million to population control (family planning and abortion) in "areas where population growth threatens biodiversity and endangered species." Benson notes that the Obama administration is very liberal on abortion and includes radical depopulation advocates, but wonders, "what’s the explanation for the environmentalist stipulations?" A postscript to the story notes similar Bush-era language on family planning in regards to combating AIDS, but ... (Continue reading)

Been there, done that: never-ending doomsday predictions about overpopulation

Been there, done that: never-ending doomsday predictions about overpopulation

There is no shortage of doom and gloom books that look at world demographic trends, but what is surprising is how many get the story wrong. While many countries are trying to figure out how to restore fiscal sanity following out-of-whack budgets that fund a welfare state predicated on population growth and having a critical mass of workers to pay for dependents (especially seniors), most books on population insist ... (Continue reading)

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Hey Suzuki, Canada is not full and your policies threaten our social programs

Hey Suzuki, Canada is not full and your policies threaten our social programs

  David Suzuki, the Canadian environmentalist often touted as having all the answers to halt (alleged) global warming, and even to push back (allegedly) rising sea levels, has been caught telling a whopper of a fish story. On Canada Day, during an interview with a Quebec reporter, he claimed that “Canada is full,” explaining that we have no room for immigrants in this vast country. “Although it’s the second largest country ... (Continue reading)

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Author identifies causes, problems of lower fertility rates

Author identifies causes, problems of lower fertility rates

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last (Encounter, $28, 230 pages) In 1968, Paul R. Ehrlich published an influential book, The Population Bomb. The manuscript was originally entitled, “Population, Resources, and Environment,” and Erhlich warned of impending doom if global population growth was not significantly curtailed. Erhlich predicted environmental catastrophe, famine, and even war if the world’s population was allowed to grow. ... (Continue reading)

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UN: birth control a human right, will battle Church over issue

LifeSiteNews.com reports: The UNFPA’s 2012 annual report, which declared birth control a “human right,” was released this week. It states that UN general comments are “the authoritative interpretation of the standards” that “help translate the right to family planning at the abstract…level into policies and programs.” Not only is birth control -- many of which are abortifacient -- declared a human right, but the United Nations Population Fund report states that religious objection to birth control is a violation ... (Continue reading)

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The anti-human legacy of Rachel Carson

The Silent Spring will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its publication next week and at Taki's Magazine Kathy Shaidle looks at the author, Rachel Carson, and her deadly legacy: The fact that noble, selfless humanitarians such as Rachel Carson are typically smug, self-satisfied misanthropes has been a truism since Dickens invented Mrs. Jellyby. Yet in the case of the DDT ban, good intentions didn’t pave another liberal road to hell. They bulldozed the way for an ... (Continue reading)

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Melinda Gates: if you have to call it uncontroversial, it is controversial

We have coverage of Melinda Gates promoting birth control for the developing world and insisting it is uncontroversial in the August Interim. The irony is that Gates would not have to repeatedly call contraception uncontroversial if it weren't already controversial. She sees it as substantively different from abortion, but that doesn't mean it is not without issues (many contraceptives are abortifacient, her favoured organization for delivery is the notorious International Planned Parenthood Federation, and it is tied ... (Continue reading)

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A deadly climate

In our day and age, the reality of climate change cannot be doubted: it is experts’ grave concern, the popular politicians’ top priority, the famous film stars’ fashionable cause. Last month, the leaders of the world gathered in Copenhagen to avert an impending ecological disaster – an effort (so we are told) that may already be too little, too late. Indeed, it is impossible to question the reality of global warming, when concerns about it have reached a fever-pitch: climate change ... (Continue reading)

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Anti-human life environmentalism

Green activists promote one-child policy, contraception as keys to save planet The National Post’s Diane Francis promoted the idea of a global one-child policy in her Dec. 8, column. The article ran at the beginning of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, and in it Francis, the editor-at-large of the Post’s Financial Post section, said the real environmental issue is not global warming but overpopulation. Her ... (Continue reading)

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Amnesty International slams Nicaragua for abortion ban

Amnesty International is slamming yet another Latin American country for its pro-life laws. In a recently released report , Amnesty called Nicaragua’s total ban on abortions a “cruel, inhuman disgrace” and charged that the new law has led to an increase in maternal deaths. As in the cases of Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Peru, Amnesty’s latest report on Nicaragua incorrectly argues that international law requires countries to permit abortion, and, according to critics, it misrepresents the facts which actually show ... (Continue reading)

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Empty schools. Wonder why?

Empty schools. Wonder why?

Last month, the National Post reported that one in five schools in the Toronto public school system is at least 40 per cent empty and that the board hopes to save $10-15 million by consolidating or closing some of those institutions. West Toronto Collegiate cancelled its Grade 9 program this year because there were too few students enrolled in first-year high school. As Toronto District School Board chairman John Campbell ... (Continue reading)

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Refusing to face the truth about our aging society

Over the last few months, numerous groups and media outlets have noticed that the world’s population is aging –alarmingly so in the developed world – yet few identified the solution to the problem. From the business pages of the daily papers to financial advisers, from the International Monetary Fund to the C.D. Howe Institute, alarm bells have been ringing about the rapidly aging populations of Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe. The developing world is also aging, though not as ... (Continue reading)

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‘Green’ crazies seek to cut an already-low population

Jonathon Porritt, a so-called "green" adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, argues that it is "irresponsible" for families to have more than two children. How can anyone take this man seriously? Britain has a total fertility rate of just 1.66. That's far below the rate of 2.1 children per woman that is necessary just to sustain the existing population. Britain also absorbs about 130,000 immigrants ... (Continue reading)

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