Tag Archives | Paul Ehrlich

Malthusian Theory Is History

Will the Population Bomb never die? I ask because actor Tom Hanks brought it up while doing publicity for his latest movie based on a Dan Brown novel—yes, unfortunately, another one—in which the overpopulation scare figures prominently. I’ll venture a guess because Dan Brown novels are pretty predictable: the villain will turn out to be […]

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The View from the Popemobile

I have started Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s newly release papal encyclical on global warming, and it’s something of a slog. As one of my colleagues put it, popes never seem to use one word when 500 will do. I feel somewhat free to take things slowly when analyzing these documents. There’s something about an institution […]

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The Dissimulation Bomb

The New York Times just published an extraordinary “retro report”—a short video paired with an article—looking back at Paul Ehrlich’s “population bomb” theory, the fear that an uncontrolled human population would outstrip the ability of the Earth to support it. The Times lays out some of the evidence for the theory’s failure, including the fact […]

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Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

I recently discussed what it would take to prove the global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: […]

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