The Impossible Hamster

What the impossible hamster has to teach us about economic growth. A new animation from nef (the new economics foundation), scripted by Andrew Simms, numbers crunched by Viki Johnson and pictures realised by Leo Murray. We wanted to confront people with the meaning and logical conclusion of the promise of endless economic growth. We used [...]

Overpopulation – The More the Merrier?

Way back in 1950 when my parents were born there were 2,5 billion people on this planet. By the time I arrived in 1985, this had doubled to 5 billion people. Today, there are roughly 7 billion, and by the time I'll retire it's expected to be around 10 billion people. That means that it [...]

CNN speaks out on Population

CNN’s Jack Cafferty discusses world population on the Cafferty File…

Visualizing How a Population Reaches 7 Billion

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population. As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility [...]

Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

At TEDxChange, Thailand's "Mr. Condom," Mechai Viravaidya, walks us through the country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny -- and very effective -- talk about condoms.

Baywatch Star sounds the Alarm on Population Growth

Environmental activist and actress Alexandra Paul, best known for her starring role in the TV series Baywatch, discusses her lifelong concern about global overpopulation and fears we all have about addressing the seemingly taboo issue of exponential growth in human numbers.