Today, in the spirit of Christmas, we offer the following attitude check from Twitter.
Nick Harkaway (@Harkaway)
At pfpfp, we’re always watching for warning signs that should be ignored. While our title (we oppose this bumper sticker) is technically incorrect, it was the best we could do. Remember, if you text while driving you will increase the demand for this company’s products, boosting the economy.
Nadine Schweigert, 36, is our new heroine. In March, she married … herself. The most entertaining coverage is at the Nairaland blog. Be sure you read the comments.
Ms. Schweigert will, presumably, be unable to procreate without taking extreme measures. We applaud her decision and urge her to continue in her child-free ways. Thanks to Chuck Shepherd’s News of the Weird
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“The greenest house is one you don’t build.” – Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2010, p. W1
“I am green with envy. Actually, homeless people are the greenest. Their housing footprint is the size of their feet, and they recycle things you might find hard to swallow, but they don’t.” – comment about this column on the Wall Street Journal web site by Michael Smith.
Even economists have come around to the idea that high rates of population growth can inhibit economic development. Dr. Larry Summers of Harvard has estimated that the rate of return to educating a woman in a less-developed country is 26%. A large part of that return is caused by education deferring the age at which a woman has her first child. Thus lower population growth is a result of educating women and allowing them to fully participate in society.
But there’s more. People emit greenhouse gases. According to another blog, an average human emits about 0.9 kg of CO2 per day. 0.9 kg per person x 365.25 days per year x 6.6 billion people = 2,169,585,000,000 kg per year. For non-metric speakers, that’s 493,087,500 English tons of CO2 per year. According to the previously-cited blog that’s about ten percent of annual CO2 emissions.
The conclusion is clear. People cause global warming. The obvious solution is fewer people.