Business & Technology

The dilemma of growth, as dramatized by the voices in my head

Is continued economic growth inevitable and necessary to drive improvements in the human condition? Or is continued economic growth impossible, constrained by biophysical limitations? I let the two sides battle it out in my brain.


Busting myths about China's one-child policy

Joe Biden's latest gaffe thrust China's population policy into the headlines. Let's seize this opportunity to set a few things straight.


Biden doesn't support China's one-child policy, and neither does any other American with power

Gaffe-prone Joe Biden put foot firmly in mouth last week while talking about China's one-child policy. Top Republicans jumped all over his goof, but they were just grandstanding.


In a world of 7 billion, what does the typical person look like?

Here's a new take on the "new normal." National Geographic has run some calculations on our population averages, now that we're staring 7 billion in the face. The verdict: The most typical human right now is a 28-year-old Han Chinese …


Environmentalists need to care about abortion [VIDEO]

You can't have a sustainable society if women are having children they don't want. This video from the Guttmacher Institute looks at who's having abortions in America.


Free birth control ruling is preventive care for the Earth

As of yesterday, new and renewed private insurance plans will now have to cover contraception, according to a ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services. Given that population reduction is one of the best things we can do …


Free birth control? We're getting closer … [UPDATE: We're there!]

Women will no longer have to make co-pays on birth control, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 1.

Election 2012

Anti-gay-marriage pledge calls for 'robust childbearing'

The anti-gay-marriage pledge being pushed by a right-wing Iowa group has made headlines, but we haven't heard much about its call for "robust childbearing."


Why aren't men demanding decent male birth control?

Contraception has long been the province of women. Isn't it about time for men to get in on the game? These days men have a lot more at stake than they used to.