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MIT predicted in 1972 that society will collapse this century. New research shows we’re on schedule.

A 1972 MIT study predicted that rapid economic growth would lead to societal collapse in the mid 21st century. A new paper shows we’re unfortunately right on schedule.

Why the CEO of Impossible Foods thinks he can eliminate all animal-based meat in 15 years

Bacon made of fungus, 3-D printed steaks and 'meat' made of air — the future for this new food category is promising but turbulent


India states considering two-child policy and incentives for sterilization

Several Indian states are considering implementing a controversial two-child policy and incentivizing sterilization as a means of population control.

Two weeks before Tokyo Olympic swimming event, the water stinks

In less than two weeks, Olympic swimmers will dive into Tokyo Bay to compete in the triathlon. For residents who live near the shore, that's an unappealing thought because, despite months of efforts to clean up the water, the bay stinks.


‘We live in a desert. We have to act like it’: Las Vegas faces reality of drought

Water investigators track down wasteful homeowners and public turf torn up to conserve scarce water supplies.

Opinion: Let's fully fund international family planning on World Population Day

Today is World Population Day — a day first observed in 1989, when there were slightly more than 5 billion people on Earth.

US faces more risk of malaria, dengue due to climate change: Study

About 8.4 billion people — or almost 90 percent of the projected global population — could be exposed to malaria or dengue fever by 2080 if greenhouse gas emissions continue to surge, according to a new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health.

Opinion: As climate change makes itself felt through heatwaves and floods, are our mega-cities ready?

World Population Day is an occasion to reflect on how the world can best address the challenges posed by the combination of urbanization and climate change.

Once a rich desert river, the Gila struggles to keep flowing

Population growth, agricultural withdrawals, and, increasingly, climate change have badly diminished the Gila River and threaten its future.


Laura Spinney: Why declining birth rates are good news for life on Earth

In the midst of a climate crisis with 8 billion humans on the globe, it's absurd to say that what's lacking is babies.

The Overpopulation Podcast: World Population Day: More humanity, fewer humans

We discuss the myth that Canada has plenty of room for a much larger population, and the many reasons further population growth and "development" in Canada diminishes biodiversity, ecosystem health and quality of life.


Population is booming in the West — but there's not enough water to keep up with it

Facing drought and population growth, some Western U.S. towns are running out of water for new connections, stopping development. It's a challenge that's expected to grow as the climate changes.

A space laser shows how catastrophic sea level rise will be

Scientists calculate that by 2100, over 400 million people could live in low-lying, at-risk areas—and that's a conservative estimate, not factoring in explosive population growth in the world's cities.

Can Michigan become a climate haven? Duluth is already planning.

The Minnesota city on Lake Superior is earning a reputation as a future destination for climate migrants. Experts say the entire Great Lakes region is primed for an influx, prompting questions on how to prepare for coming change.
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A toxic travelogue

The first four stops on a tour tracing American history through its pollution.

Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

Researchers find nearly 300 chemicals linked to breast cancer-contributing hormones in everyday products, and call for a renewed focus on women's exposure risks.

My island does not want to be resilient. We want a reclamation.

Unlearning academic jargon to understand and amplify beauty and power in Puerto Rico.

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The real story behind PFAS and Congress’ effort to clean up contamination: Op-ed

Former EPA official Jim Jones sets the record straight on 'the forever chemical' as lawmakers take up the PFAS Action Act

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