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Dear Friend,

The New York Times just published a very poorly done Retro Report, “The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion.” Sadly, “retro” must be short for “retrograde” in terms of the dismal quality of the reporting.

Throughout my interactions with the Times during the preparation of this report, I had a sense that they would do what they did.

It is beyond me how any reasonable observer can ignore the avalanche of data about crises triggered by soaring population growth. They appear daily on the very pages of the Times itself. Instead, this piece presented distorted data to make a tortured case that all’s well. Have they not heard about the climate crisis, droughts, disappearing species, civil strife, and all the other consequences of rapid population growth?

Here is a link to the Times piece, together with my published Times comment. We also sent a Letter to the Editor as well. And I’ve contacted the Public Editor at the Times about the misleading way that data was presented in this report. 

I am at least glad to report that the vast majority of those who weighed in online are on our side. But the Times really should know better.

Now, more than ever, it's clear that we have our work cut out for us—please, make a gift in support of Population Connection's work today.

And please, don't hesistate to reach out to me with questions or comments—just hit "reply" to this email.

Thank you, always, for all of your support,


John Seager

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