The New York Times and Our World in Data accused of promoting unscientific discourse around economic and population growth
I have used OWID occasionally for basic data, for instance EV sales. From their site:
"The historical data and research shows that it is possible to change the world. Historical research shows that until a few generations ago around half of all newborns died as children. Since then the health of children has rapidly improved around the world and life expectancy has doubled in all regions. Progress is possible."
"In other important ways global living conditions have improved as well. While we believe this is one of the most important facts to know about the world we live in, it is known by surprisingly few."
Statements like above ignore the limits of growth, which we have now hit. They ignore economic disparity. They ignore the droughts, fires and floods we see as a result of rising global temperatures. They ignore the reality of increasing crop failure and the increasing impossibility of working outdoors in these conditions. To think Musk has given OVID money destroys its credibility, and I often read the NYT with my nose held from the hypocritical range of views they promote.
Ms. Richie echos the views on OVID's about page here.
Cherry-picking information and spinning it is irresponsible, and following the money is always necessary for discerning the truth.
The ideology hiding behind nice charts really comes through in their agricultural policy: https://open.substack.com/pub/adamcalo/p/land-sparers-feel-their-oats?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web