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Bioethical reflection on the use of GMOs

According to some estimates, about 60 percent of the products in stores around the world contain parts of transgenic origin, and many consumers don’t realize what is in their products. Most people have a very negative attitude towards so-called Frankenstein foods, wondering whether GMOs are harmful to human health or not and if these new […]

Myopia, GDP and other fertility drugs of the 21st Century

It is more important now than ever to talk about population. What will we do if we continue to grow at exponential rates? What are ethical, viable strategies to decrease population? This is a blog in the MAHB Let’s Talk About Population Blog Series. The MAHB is pleased to share with you our reflections on […]

Remembering September 11th – A MAHB Dialogue

Today, we look back at the infamous terror attack that took place on 9/11/01. The motivation for that attack appears to be rooted in the American military presence in Saudi Arabia. Osama Bin Laden hated the US occupation of his country. He inspired the 9/11 attacks as a way of inducing a withdrawal of the […]

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and already unheeded treaty signed on Earth Day in 2016 — hoped to restrict warming to two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one […]

Trial by Fire: Experimenting with Sustainability

“Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves.” – Zygmunt Bauman, in Globalization: The Human Consequences (2000) A couple of years ago, while studying for my Masters, I attempted to run what most would consider being an almost intolerable and […]

30 Things Scientists Say Will Happen if the Population Keeps Expanding

The planet’s population continues to balloon–we are currently 7.6 billion individuals, according to the United Nations’ most up-to-date estimate. That’s pretty astonishing once you consider that, in 1900, the world had just 1.5 billion people on it. As this expansion shows no indication of slowing, it’s become increasingly important for the scientific community to assess […]

On the Need for an Earth Standard Currency

The author would like to receive feedback on the ideas presented in this piece. Please consider giving feedback in the comments section at the end of the blog. In an age of existential emergency, when the future of human civilization depends on how successfully we manage to overcome the ten global threats which are of […]

World Population Day – July 11, 2019

Sure, you might know that there are more than 7 billion people on earth right now, but how often do you stop to think about what that really means? World Population Day is a holiday that’s dedicated to focusing on the importance of population issues. The day was established by the United Nations as an […]

Thursday July 11: Join the World Population Day Protest

Join Having Kids, Population Matters, and OneProtest on World Population Day! Having Kids is partnering with Population Matters in the UK for World Population Day on July 11th. PM has actions planned in London and Lagos as well. We are urging the Secretary General to recommend smaller families as a vital step in attaining the […]

How to address the world population crisis

This article was originally published in the LA Times. Republished here with the authors’ permission.  Spending money on family planning works. So why is it only 1% of our foreign aid budget? In the late 1960s, for a brief moment, population growth commanded the kind of political, popular and academic focus that climate change does now. […]

Four Millennials who are Leading the Charge for a Greener Earth

For the last few decades, scientists have been warning with rising urgency about the state of the Earth’s climate and ecology and the damage being done to it by the human species. As environmental conditions gradually worsen, more and more people are waking up to the reality that humanity’s biggest challenge is the need to […]

Press Release: Roads and Deforestation Explode in the Congo Basin

Embargoed to 0100 AEST, Tuesday, June 25, 2019/1600 June 24 BST (UK)  Logging roads are expanding dramatically in the Congo Basin, leading to catastrophic collapses in animal populations living in the world’s second-largest rainforest, according to research co-led by a scientist at James Cook University in Australia.  Just as worrying is that the rate of […]

To Catalyze Effective Sustainability Solutions, Science Must Study and Transform Itself

Science is an important tool to help develop solutions as we address the global ecological crisis. Science has helped understand causes and develop solutions to many subsets of our systemic crisis, including climate disruption; species extinctions; pollution; energy challenges; food, water, and soil challenges; ocean acidification; nitrogen cycle disruption, and more. However, scientists can yield […]

You Don’t Have to Be a Vegan to Be a Climate-Friendly Eater

But recent studies underscore the need to dial back our burger habit. Last October, scientists convened by the United Nations issued a dire warning: Unless carbon emissions fall by about 45 percent by 2030, we will face a world of climate chaos—more frequent droughts and floods, decimated coral reefs, and cities swamped by rising seas. Soon after, the […]

Summary of Part II of the Silver Gun Hypothesis: The Entropy of Carbon

Introduction Part I – Carbon is King Summary of Part II — The Entropy of Carbon Welcome to this summary of Part II of the Silver Gun Hypothesis. In Part I we considered that all life is carbon-based, and that living organisms dissipate energy for homeostasis. These ideas were highlighted to prepare us for Part II, […]

This brutal creature is wiping out everything besides itself

Something is wrong with humanity. We have a broken relationship with the world. After decades of inaction to slow climate warming that’s causing sea level rise, sea levels are — wait for it — rising. A new report projects worse than previous predictions (due to aforementioned inaction), possibly 6 feet in this century. It could swamp large […]

Earth vs. The Amoeba

Earth Day Talk, Stockholm Wisconsin, April 22, 2019 We have many narratives about our culture; -that we are God’s children; that we are clever and industrious and headed to the stars; that we will continue to grow our economy throughout the coming century leading to a world of material abundance for all humans, etc.  All […]

Earth vs. The Amoeba

Earth Day Talk, Stockholm Wisconsin, April 22, 2019 We have many narratives about our culture; -that we are God’s children; that we are clever and industrious and headed to the stars; that we will continue to grow our economy throughout the coming century leading to a world of material abundance for all humans, etc.  All […]

The Triad of Furies Human- Overpopulation, Immigration and Reproductive Rights

This is an abridged version. Read the full piece here. In ancient Greek mythology, the Erinyes, also called the Furies, were three divine beings tasked with keeping a watchful eye on the demeanour shown by humanity. One way they did this was by listening to grievances from other mortals, to swiftly deliver judgment and torment […]

The thin green line: Scientists must do more to limit the toll of burgeoning infrastructure on nature and society

This blog was originally published in The Ecological Citizen  Given its wide-ranging and transformative impacts, the global explosion of built infrastructure is arguably the most urgent environmental threat today (Laurance et al., 2014; Laurance and Arrea, 2017; Laurance, 2018b). This tsunami of infrastructure has many contributing factors, including human overpopulation and the short-term thinking that […]

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