None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

By David Roberts on Apr 17, 2013 GRIST.ORG The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize profits and publicize costs. While the notion is incredibly useful, especially in folding eco...
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Report classifies Utah as a natural resources hog

July is a big month for significant dates. But nestled between the nation’s Independence Day on July 4 and Utah’s Pioneer Day on July 24 came another milestone. On July 14, we reached our national Ecological Deficit Day. An ecological deficit means we’ve consumed more resources for the year than our land, waters and ecosystems can produce or absorb. As with overspending cash, it means we dip into credit that has to somehow be paid back. The environmental think tank Global Footprint Network...
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Utah Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting

Dear GSLA Members & Friends, Our friends at Utah Native Plant Society have invited us to join them at their monthly chapter meeting for a presentation by one of our very own, Wayne Martinson. Topic: Envisioning a sustainable population living in harmony with Utah's natural environment Presenter: Wayne Martinson, Board member & former Chair of Utah Population and Environment Council When: Wednesday April 5th, 7:30 pm Where: REI (3300 S and 3300 E) Absent from many discussions ...
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Love visits Legislature, talks controversial over-the-counter contraception bill

• Utah Legislature 2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, updated lawmakers Thursday on her current priorities in Congress, including a bill she acknowledged has been "controversial." As part of her efforts to contribute to the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Love said she is pushing forward a bill that would allow contraceptives to be sold over the counter without a prescription. "If we are going to be pro-life, we need to be able to give people as much access to birth control ...
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Free Family Planning at the University of Utah

University of Utah project provides free family planning to women By Wendy Leonard@wendyleonards Published: Nov. 13, 2016 7:45 p.m. SALT LAKE CITY — Raising children is no easy task, and a group of local researchers wants to help women make the choice of becoming a mother more intentional. The HER Salt Lake initiative, based at the University of Utah, intends to counsel at least 7,000 women and give them access to the birth control method they choose, free of charge. "I ha...
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Without Fossil Fuels, a New Population Puzzle

So how many people can the planet really support? Originally posted in Yes! Magazine by Laurie Mazur on Mar 22, 2016 How many people can the Earth support? It’s a question that’s been asked for centuries, generating wildly divergent answers—from less than a billion to more than a trillion. Today, the question arises with new urgency as we contemplate life after oil. Perhaps the best answer comes from Joel Cohen of Rockefeller University, in his aptly titled How Many People C...
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Nature Journal: Slow down population growth

Orignaly written in Nature Jornal by John Bongaarts Within a decade, women everywhere should have access to quality contraceptive services, argues John Bongaarts. George Osodi/Panos Oshodi market in Lagos. In 2100, our planet is expected to be home to 11.2 billion people. That's a more than 50% increase on today's 7.3 billion1. This expansion of humanity is likely to be spread unevenly across the world. In the most developed regions, we expect declines (such as in Europe and east...
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Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Re-posted from The Guardian How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people Alan Rusbridger on why you should care about climate change Join the Guardian’s climate change campaign Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot is available to buy Click on an image to read more and see a larger version:
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Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse

Originally posted at The Guardian by Stephen Emmott While the Paris climate summit focuses on global warming, the key issue is the prospect of 10 billion people on Earth The perennial cry: we need to talk about climate change. And this week, with world leaders in Paris, we have been. But only up to a point. For the likely impact of the rising global population is almost entirely absent, not only from the debate about climate change, but also from that about loss of biological diversity, fo...
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Letter: ‘Just say no’ to endless population growth

Salt Lake Tribune Nov. 10, 2015 original: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3157714-155/letter-just-say-no-to-endless Gov. Gary Herbert seemed almost cheerful that we will have a state population of 4 million by 2030. "Accelerated growth" (Herbert's words) is considered positive. Exponential growth has a more ominous connotation. Seventy percent of our population growth is being produced nightly in bedrooms throughout the state. No matter how many electric vehicles we buy, how much Tier 3 gas we...
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