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.
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
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.
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