Posts Tagged ‘Malthus

Britain’s Royal Society – its premier scientific organisation – yesterday (World Population Day) launched a major study on the effects of human population growth. This is likely to be an important step in the endorsement of a more openly Malthusian outlook in official policy circles. The working group includes several experts with openly Malthusian sympathies […]

Can democracies kick the growth habit? A debate with Tim Jackson, From Poverty to Power blog, by Duncan Green. Two leading British sceptics broadly agree on what they see as the limits to growth. Accentuate the negative, Economist.  A report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) questions some of the findings of the Intergovernmental […]

I have belatedly come across an excellent article in Foreign Policy by Charles Kenny, a senior economist at the World Bank, criticising some of the core assumptions of Malthus’s theory of population. It also reminds readers that influential contemporary pundits such as Jeffrey Sachs and Niall Ferguson have embraced Malthusian ideas. The Foreign Policy article […]

Yesterday’s Financial Times (FT) had an article which could not be any more Malthusian. According to a feature by Kevin Brown, the financial newspaper’s Asia regional correspondent: “It has become a truism, buttressed by the hard realities of economic performance, that the 21st century will belong to Asia. But there is a big problem to […]

For how long can Malthusians and even mainstream greens keep on making the absurd claim that any discussion of population is a taboo? Martin Rees became the latest to make the suggestion in the second of this year’s BBC Reith lectures on “scientific horizons”. Yet Sir Martin is at the pinnacle of the British establishment: […]

The Forum for the Future, arguably Britain’s most prominent Malthusian non-governmental organisation, has followed the government’s lead in making a phoney call for a debate (see yesterday’s post). While the government wants us to discuss how best to impose austerity the sustainable development NGO (founder directors Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt) wants to debate how […]

Shale gas will change the world, Financial Times, Gideon Rachman. Money can’t buy happiness but it helps: poll, Reuters. The limits of the green machine, Forbes, by Joel Kotkin. On the criticisms of Obama and BP over the Gulf oil spill, American Situation, by Sean Collins. Why the EU will thrive on Greece’s troubles, spiked, […]

’Making a difference’: volunteer tourism and development (only abstract available on internet), Tourism Recreation Research 35(1), by Jim Butcher and Peter Smith. A look at changing perceptions of development through the debate about volunteer tourism.  I have added this reference, along with Jim Butcher’s 2002 book on The Moralisation of Tourism and his Ecotourism, NGOs […]

The more, the better, Wall Street Journal, by Joel Kotkin. Response to Arundhati Roy, Kafila, by Jairus Banaji. (see 28 February 2010 post). The thrill of science, tamed by agendas, New York Times, Edward Rothstein. Searching for water under the sands of Saudi Arabia. Spiegel, by Samiha Shafy. Scientists call for ‘climate intervention’ research with […]

Brendan O’Neill’s latest review on spiked is a must-read. It eloquently describes how some influential greens, including Fred Pearce and George Monbiot, are attacking Malthus as a way of rehabilitating Malthusianism. Their argument is that the main problem facing the planet is not so much the number of people but their desire to consume things. […]