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New to the blogroll

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on October 30, 2007

We have a new, very eclectic blog on sustainability from a NYT science reporter. It is called Dot Earth, and is listed under “Environment”:

In Dot Earth, reporter Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits. Supported in part by a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Mr. Revkin tracks relevant news from suburbia to Siberia, and conducts an interactive exploration of trends and ideas with readers and experts.

For example, this post on the new population crisis, entitled “The Population Cluster Bomb”, discusses the issue that seems to be the impetus for the blog:

Many population experts foresee the next few decades evolving in a way that is very different from the global-scale, catastrophic “population bomb” concept that caught hold in the 1960s. What they depict is more like a dangerous scattering of cluster bombs, as the world splits into two types of countries: those with aging, shrinking populations, like Japan and much of Europe, and those regions, like most of Africa and parts of south Asia, still mired in poverty, disease, illiteracy or government dysfunction with resulting high birth and death rates.

This is an issue that has been recently overshadowed by climate change (although population growth is implicitly addressed as a source of carbon emissions and a factor in severity of climate change impacts). Note that most of these clusters will be in locations seriously affected by global climate change. Anyway, I like this new blog a lot, and I think most who read Common Tragedies will as well.

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