Population Matters

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News & views

We publish regular news on our activities and commentary on external developments.

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  • Scotland’s population growth to hit cities and country

    25 April 2017 Cities and rural areas - including the Cairngorms National Park - will face growing numbers of people and households in the next twenty years. Projections released by National Records Scotland this month show growth that will put pressure on public services and the natural environment. read more...
  • The UK election, overseas aid and family planning

    20 April 2017 The UK is one of the world's leading donors to family planning through overseas aid. Following speculation that the aid budget would be cut, the Prime Minister has now confirmed her support for the existing commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid. She has called for a review of how that money is spent - an opportunity for the proportion spent on family planning to be increased. read more...
  • Have we reached 7.5 billion?

    7 April 2017 COMMENT At some point this month, the seven-and-a-half billionth person alive on this planet will be born - if they haven't been born already. No one knows quite when that will be, or where it will be, but it's a milestone we can't ignore. read more...
  • US ends funding for United Nations Population Fund

    4 April 2017 US declares it is cutting all funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports vital family planning services across the developing world. The decision has been justified by unsubstantiated claims that UNFPA is complicit with coerced abortions in China. It threatens the health and rights of millions of girls and women around the world, especially those in crisis situations. read more...
  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

    1 April 2017 Population Matters is happy to be participating once again in the forthcoming Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 30th July. We are grateful to participants who last year raised over £2000. These funds help us to develop projects, campaigns, and educational programmes to increase our impact! We have five places available. read more...
  • Sydney hits 5 million as Australia continues to grow

    31 March 2017 Australia's urban population continues to grow - part of a dramatic expansion in numbers which could see the country's population double in the next 70 years. Australians have among the highest per capita carbon emissions and environmental footprints of any country on Earth. read more...
  • One step forward, two steps back in African economic development?

    28 March 2017 Malawi's government is concerned that young Malawis will inherit only poverty as recent economic gains are neutralised by population growth. Meanwhile, Nigeria's goverment has lauded family planning's benefits but massive population growth threatens its progress. read more...
  • Pakistan’s flawed population census

    24 March 2017 On Wednesday 15 March, Pakistan launched its first census in 19 years amidst widespread concerns that it will be a defective exercise. Fears are that this will impede the country's ability to tackle its rapid population growth and pose a serious threat to its development. read more...
  • Philippines’ President Duterte battles for family planning

    15 March 2017 ARTICLE After a law was passed in 2012, guaranteeing universal access to birth control, mandatory sexual education in schools and the provision of reproductive health services in hospitals for Asia's most densely populated country, President Duterte's battle with the Supreme Court and Catholic leadership for implementation of the law continues. read more...
  • Spreading the word on population

    8 March 2017 Population Matters made a strong case for population stabilisation on the BBC television programme The Big Questions last Sunday. The appearance followed reporting in major UK media outlets of our comments regarding the UK's population growth. Find out how to view the programme - and more about our work in the media and online to spread the word on population. read more...