Tagged: Population growth

Opinion: Economic growth within Environmental limits - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 20, 2018

That was the title of a speech David Parker gave a couple of weeks ago.  Parker is, as you will recall, a man wearing many hats: Minister for the Environment, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Attorney-General.  Since he was speaking to a seminar organised by the Resource Management Law Association, this speech looked … Read More

Land use regulations matter - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 25, 2018

Most local councils don’t employ economists –  or at least not ones we hear of.  The Auckland Council does have an economics unit, and the previous incumbent did some interesting and stimulating work. But yesterday on interest.co.nz there appeared an article by two of the Auckland Council’s economists which argued, so the headline proclaimed, that “evidence from across NZ … Read More

Remote regions, immigration, and prosperity - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 19, 2018

A couple of years ago I did a post on some remote and very small places, many of which had quite a lot of land and very few people.  My point was to suggest that New Zealand was quite unusual in having so many people in such a remote spot, all the more so when much of the population … Read More

How your pile of laundry fills the sea with plastic pollution - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 06, 2017

Natalie Welden, Research Associate: Marine Pollution / Ecotoxicology / Microplastics, The Open University After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness of microplastic pollution has fortunately grown. There is now worldwide concern about tiny pieces of plastic litter that are having a harmful impact on marine species and habitats. Large plastic litter has already … Read More

A plague of people? The population question explored - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 11, 2013

by Dr John Robinson During the decades of the 1960s and 1970s there was increasing evidence that humanity was harming the earth and moving into an uncertain future.   It was realised that many major problems – financial and economic collapse, climate change, oil price rises and resource shortages, terrorism and war, food and water scarcity, and overpopulation – are … Read More