Economics and GDP

The Risks of Unsustainable Population Growth

Jan 12th, 2012 | By
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The sobering Global Risks Report 2012 was just released in advance of the World Economic Forum taking place later this month in Davos, Switzerland – an annual gathering of some of the top leaders in business, economics and politics. The report is based on a survey of 469 experts from industry, government, academia, and civil
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Japan: Whose Lost Decade?

Jan 10th, 2012 | By
Japan's per-capita GDP, courtesy of The Economist

Japan’s economy stronger than USA’s This is usually obfuscated by using total GDP to measure growth, but per-capita GDP growth in Japan for the past decade has been stronger in Japan than in the U.S. or the Euro Zone. We find it encouraging that even The Economist is noticing one of the pitfalls of relying
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Could Obama Be the First Steady-State President?

Dec 13th, 2011 | By

Admin note: This article first appeared on the CASSE blog (Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy) by Brian Czech Could President Obama be the one who leads Americans to recognize the ever-growing conflict between GDP and the health of the nation? Could Obama be the first to hearken the steady state economy
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Populating the Global ClimateTalks

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

By Suzanne York,, Dec. 8, 2011  As global talks on climate change proceed at  the UN conference in Durban, South Africa,  it’s a pretty sure bet that population growth  won’t figure in any serious discussion.  Always the elephant in the room, we ignore  it at great cost to our communities and  environment. Our numbers
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Busting Growth

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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By Suzanne York,, November 17, 2011 This week was the local premiere of the documentary film Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth. I have been anticipating this movie for awhile now, having been researching and writing on the world’s obsession with endless economic growth on a planet with finite resources. Growthbusters did a good job of
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“GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” Premieres Tonight in Berkeley

Nov 15th, 2011 | By Sponsors Berkeley Film Premiere

Hooked on Growth at The David Brower Center in Berkeley    

Tackling the Growth Paradigm

Nov 10th, 2011 | By

By Suzanne York,, November 9, 2011 With the Occupy Wall Street protests gaining traction and the global economy in the doldrums, the time is ripe – actually, overdue – to question the policy of unrestrained economic growth in the face of not only the demands of the 99% but also a planet of finite resources and
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The Other 1%

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

By Suzanne York,, October 20, 2011 One percent is in the news a lot lately, with the Occupy Wall Street protests targeting bankers and the wealthiest Americans who comprise 1% of our population. But there is another 1% that we should keep in mind. Though it may be small, this other 1% is doing
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8 Ways to Look at 7 Billion

Oct 19th, 2011 | By

  We came across this post by Kathy Zhang for the Earth Institute at Columbia College:   Children wait in a line to receive medical treatment from the UN Stabilization Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 25, 2008. UN Photo/Marco Dormino Post written by Kathy Zhang Interested in learning more about the world’s population? Here are
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Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

Oct 19th, 2011 | By