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  • 2017: progress, challenges and Big Foot

    26 December 2017 COMMENT 2017 has been a busy year for Population Matters, with the launch of new campaigns and our Small Families, Small Planet video. Our campaign mascot, Big Foot, stimulated debate wherever he appeared and Population Matters was featured in many media stories. Perhaps most importantly, there are promising signs that the population "taboo" - unwillingness to talk about population - is no longer preventing vital discussion of the issue. read more...
  • Progress in family planning – but a long road ahead

    12 December 2017 Last week, the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative released its annual report. The project is intended to enable 120 million additional women and girls in the world's poorest countries to use modern contraception by 2020. The report notes a 30 per cent increase in users, just over half the number the project had hoped to reach at this stage. read more...
  • Not forgetting the men…

    4 December 2017 COMMENT A number of scientific and family planning initiatives are now focussed on male contraception. While the emphasis remains on providing access and empowerment for women to control their family size, lack of progress in the development of new male contraceptives and resistance to contraceptive use among men are now being recognised as essential too. read more...
  • Hatches and dispatches: fewer births and deaths in 2016

    24 November 2017 Recent official figures show a slight decline in number of births in the UK in 2016 and a small fall in the number of deaths. Meanwhile, a report in the US details falling birth rates there, in particular among younger women. It finds "millennials" less likely to have children, and less interested in having them, than any generation before. read more...
  • “Time is running out”: 15,000 scientists demand action

    15 November 2017 15,000 scientists have signed up to an open letter warning that action is urgently required to prevent environmental disaster. In their "warning to humanity", they report that environmental problems have worsened since a group of eminent scientists produced a similar warning in 1992. Critically, they also identify population growth as the "primary driver" of the current crisis. read more...
  • Should greens back immigration controls?

    10 November 2017 COMMENT PM patron Jonathan Porritt and fellow green campaigner Colin Hines have today issued a paper arguing that the green movement and supporters of progressive politics are wrong to perceive immigration as a "right wing" issue. Population Matters endorses their call for a constructive debate, and their argument that limits to net migration in the UK can advance the social justice and environmental agendas. read more...
  • Are we heading for 3 degrees hotter?

    3 November 2017 The United Nations has warned that unless a greater commitment is made to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the "target" of a rise in global temperature of no more than 2 degrees will be missed. Without action, temperatures may rise by 3 degrees, with catastrophic effects, including sea level rises displacing hundreds of millions of people. read more...
  • A century of growth: latest UK population projections

    27 October 2017 COMMENT The latest projections for UK population growth by the Office for National Statistics show slower growth than anticipated in the last projections, made in 2015. However, they still show a UK population of more than 72 million in 2041 and more than 85 million in 2116. They foresee no peak in population growth. In a century, the UK's population will still be growing. read more...
  • “I hear a lot about it – but not like this”

    25 October 2017 Population Matters is launching a new video and campaign today, focusing on how the decisions we each make on family size can have a massive impact on our environment and all our chances for better lives. Presenting young people with the facts about population growth and its impact on our planet, it elicits some reactions of amazement and horror, and sees participants thinking again about the impacts of their own choices. read more...
  • Gap in access to family planning widens UN warns

    20 October 2017 The United Nations Population Fund published its annual state of world population report, Worlds Apart, this week. The report shows that women and girls in developing countries are experiencing greater inequality in accessing sexual and reproductive health care. Those hardest hit tend to be the poorest, youngest and least educated. read more...

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