science podcast #137

World Population at Seven Billion, A Dutch Science Scandal

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This Week: On October 31st, world population reached seven billion. That’s according to the latest estimates by the United Nations Population Fund. We explore what that means for the planet and our future in it. We compare family planning programs in two South Asian countries. Also, breaking news about a Dutch science scandal.

World Population at Seven Billion: The seven billion number has raised fears about overpopulation. Problems with a growing population were first highlighted by Thomas Robert Malthus. Yes, his prediction of a population crash at one billion have not materialized. And yet, scientists warn that our growing numbers are a problem, especially due to a consumption problems. We explore why our population isn’t just a problem about numbers. We learn why Bangladesh was so successful in reducing birth rates in recent years. Also, scientist Jonathan Foley tells us about the environmental problems caused by current agricultural practices and how we can feed our growing numbers while reducing our footprint.
What’s your number? How many people were there when you were born? Click here to find out?
Read my story about population here. (the story is included in this episode)
The World at Seven Billion: Seven Stories.
The Changing World: Controlling People-The History of Population Control.

Dutch Social Scientist Admits to Faking Data:Back in April this year, we brought you an interview with Dutch social scientist, Siegwart Lindenberg. He and a colleague had published a study in the journal Science, that suggested that disordered environments promote discriminatory thoughts and behavior. We also held an online Forum discussion with Lindenberg. The results of that study have now been called into question by an ongoing investigation into the work of Lindenberg’s colleague, Diederik Stapel. An interim report released by the investigation earlier this week said the investigation has found several dozens of papers with tainted data. Stapel has been suspended from his position at Tilburg University, and the ongoing investigation is examining more than 150 of his publications.
Read my story here.
Stapel issues statement and admits to faking data.
Read more about the case on Science magazine’s blog.

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