Source: The Earth’s carrying capacity for human life is not fixed | Aeon Ideas, by Ted Nordhaus
Ultimately, one need not advocate the imposition of pseudo-scientific limits on human societies to believe that many of us would be better off consuming less. Nor must one posit the collapse of human societies to worry deeply that growing human consumption might have terrible consequences for the rest of creation.
But threats of societal collapse, claims that carrying capacity is fixed, and demands for sweeping restrictions on human aspiration are neither scientific nor just. We are not fruit flies, programmed to reproduce until our population collapses. Nor are we cattle, whose numbers must be managed. To understand the human experience on the planet is to understand that we have remade the planet again and again to serve our needs and our dreams. Today, the aspirations of billions depend upon continuing to do just that. May it be so.
Source: How can families afford children? – Marginal REVOLUTION
Answer me the riddle: The richer the society becomes the less families can afford children?
Source: Satellites see big fishing’s footprint on the high seas | The Baltimore Sun, by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)
Also/Alternative: Satellite images show big fishing’s footprint across the globe, by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)
Five countries — China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea — were responsible for 85 percent of high seas fishing.
Source: The secret on the ocean floor – BBC News
About deep sea mining about to become a real thing, starting first in the Bismarck Sea off Papua New Guinea.