Environment


Is Single Occupancy Vandalising the Environment?

Joanna Roughton | 04 April 2014
Singletons represent one of the greatest sociological shifts of our age.

The forgotten art of sharing is making a comeback

Shannon Roberts | 28 October 2013
One man's trash is another man's treasure - an idea that could save the planet.

Ten billion people = we’re all doomed!

Marcus Roberts | 03 July 2013
The Guardian's frontpage is full of our doom - population inspired doom.

USA’s Population Crisis: Hogwash?

Marcus Roberts | 24 April 2013
A recent opinion piece in the NYTimes tries to tell us that the USA has no fertility crisis.

Malaysia’s planned new eco-city

Shannon Roberts | 05 November 2012
Malaysia is planning a new green, energy efficient eco-city called “Iskandar Malaysia”. The country expects the new development, which covers about 2500 square kilometres, to have 3 million residents by 2025.

New Prius helps environment, says The Onion

Michael Cook | 16 July 2012
Um, well this video is The Onion's take on green-friendly technology. Why do we need people anyway? Don't they just pollute too much? Spoiler: only for people who enjoy tasteless humour.

Population putting pressure on Planet – putative points pondered

Marcus Roberts | 29 March 2012
In London today the Planet Under Pressure conference will come to an end. “What is this conference about?” I hear you ask. Well, according to its website (seriously, what did we do before the internet??) the conference...

Prince Charles and our Extinction

Marcus Roberts | 13 September 2011
Prince Charles has delivered his first speech as president of the WWF UK.

Contraception is not the way to fight global warming

William West | 11 September 2009
Population researchers have rejected research suggesting population control should be used to fight global warming.

Voluntary extinction—what a good idea!

Michael Cook | 20 April 2009
Before we turn to more optimistic topics, let's take a look at the website of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT), whose creed is "Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health." Are they serious? Not serious, exactly, but "vehement": "Returning Earth to its natural splendor and ending needless suffering of humanity are happy thoughts -- no sense moping around in gloom and doom."
 

Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive human will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editors of Demography is Destiny are Marcus and Shannon Roberts, who live in Auckland, New Zealand. Send them your comments and suggestions. 


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