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The Connection Between Population, Income, and Health

By Max Kummerow For hundreds of years, economists have debated whether population growth is good or bad. Malthus said exponential population growth increases labor supply, so wages fall until starvation, war, or plague stops growth in numbers. Marx said capitalism causes poverty and hunger, so population growth is good, because “every stomach is born with […]


Gross Domestic Problem On World Animal Day

By Brian Czech

If you like animals, your feelings may have been nurtured by “Hedgehogs Being Adorable,” “Baby Hippo Has Won Our Hearts,” and other such gems. The Huffington Post, The Animal Blog, and various animal-lover media take a heartfelt approach to the appreciation of animals—wild as well as domesticated—reminding us of the needs and vulnerabilities of our fellow creatures. It’s a refreshing approach compared to the stodgy science and economics of conservation.


Where is Pope Francis on Economic Growth?

by David Kane Those who believe that there is a fundamental conflict between economic growth and environmental protection will find Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si (Praised Be), a welcome addition to the literature; as well as an important tool in helping others, especially Catholics, to understand and accept the limitations of economic growth. Pope […]


Preempting a Misleading Argument: Why Environmental Problems Will Stop Tracking with GDP

Brian explains how GDP growth will eventually stop tracking with environmental damage–but the reasons may not be what you’d expect!


Giant Mats of Green Slime in Lake Erie Signal a Need for New Economic Approaches to Pollution

What do we do when water supplies are cut off to a city of 400,000 people?


Iraq and the Military-Industrial Complex versus a True Cost Economy

A switch to solar and other renewables will greatly reduce the resources devoted to waging war and help us achieve a steady state economy.


Top 5 Threats to the World’s Beaches (and a Systemic Solution)

Only an economy that externalizes environmental costs would underwrite development practices that are pushing beaches to the brink of extinction.


What Kind of Example Is Canada Setting?

A look at Canada, a nation with such potential to be a sustainability leader, reveals a tragedy of wasted potential.