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Well, I'm a "doom-monger" - that's the opinion of Mary Eberstadt, conservative Catholic pundit based at Stanford's neighbor, a frequently-thoughtless tank, the Hoover Institution. The news came to me this week from the editors of First Things, a...

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Our brains evolved over hundreds of millions of years to react to rapid changes in our environment. One apparently built-in feature is the tendency to keep the environmental backdrop against which our lives play out relatively constant. That makes it...

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A Harvard economist, Edward Glaeser, reviewed The Dominant Animal in the right-wing newspaper...

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Some people think policies aimed at slowing population growth are foisted on the developing world by heavy-handed industrialized countries. Actually, most population policies are home grown, and sometimes none the better for this. I...

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Talking to reporters and others about More: Population, Nature, and What Women, I’m sometimes asked where consumption fits into the population picture. A book review in the intriguingly...

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“Oops, I’m pregnant.”

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ISTANBUL—The workshop I’ve been attending in this ancient city drew 31 people—ranging from a member of the British parliament to a Dutch women’s rights advocate to a Hungarian environmentalist—to talk about whether it makes sense to...

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Last Saturday evening my wife and I took our terminally ill cat to an animal hospital, where a veterinarian put him peacefully to sleep as he sat on my lap. I wasn’t really a cat lover when we adopted him seven years ago, but this unusually affectionate...

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In last week’s blog post, I promised to wrestle with the time-honored Malthus Question: Does population growth outrun food supply...

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One of the dozens of countries around the world where hunger is back in the news is the Philippines, where soaring rice prices and long-standing reliance on imported food are raising an old question many people thought was buried for...

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