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  • Africa: Demographic dividend or population disaster?

    5 July 2017 Africa's population is expected to double within forty years. According to recent reports on African economies, while a growing working age population in Africa could mean a boost to productivity and economic development, that promise is fragile and threatened by the rate of population growth. The increase in numbers also threatens the ability of the continent to feed its people. read more...
  • UK population growth highest in 70 years

    26 June 2017 The latest population estimates for the UK show the largest annual increase in numbers of people in the UK since the 1940s. In percentage terms, the growth is in line with the average in recent years of a little under 1%. With the UK's population at its highest ever level, however, the actual increase of more than half-a-million people is the largest for decades. read more...
  • 16bn or 7.3bn in 2100? New UN figures say both possible

    21 June 2017 COMMENT On 21 June, the United Nations released new projections for global population growth up until 2100. Issued every two years, the projections for 2017 show slight increases over those produced in 2015 - increases measured, however, in hundreds of millions of people. The UN confirmed that global fertility rates are continuing to decline but remain very high in some of the poorest parts of the world. read more...
  • Floods, droughts and a billion people in danger in Nile basin

    19 June 2017 A deadly combination of the effects of climate change and an increasing population threatens lives and livelihoods across the Nile basin. A new report finds that river levels are liable to vary widely in future, threatening a population soon to reach nearly a billion people. read more...
  • Is India now bigger than China?

    1 June 2017 According to a Chinese academic, China's official population figures are inaccurate - with the result that at an estimated 1.31bn people, India has overtaken it as the world's most populous country. According to official UN projections, India is currently projected to pass China in size in 2022. The two giants are among the world's top three producers of CO2 and contributors to global warming. read more...
  • Report: Population key to controlling climate change

    23 May 2017 A comprehensive analysis of solutions to climate change has identified female education and family planning as among the ten most effective steps that can be taken to reach "drawdown" - the point at which greenhouse gas emissions peak and begin to reverse. Their impact arises from their contribution to reducing population growth. read more...
  • Election 2017 – time for a National Population Policy

    15 May 2017 The UK's General Election offers an opportunity for a new government to tackle population growth. Population Matters is lobbying for a National Population Policy which will develop an integrated, effective approach to managing and, in time, reversing population growth in the UK. We're also calling for the policy to include meaningful action from the UK to address global population growth. read more...
  • Education, family planning and population

    3 May 2017 COMMENT 130 million girls are not in school. Calls for more global aid money to be spent on education highlight its central importance in empowering women. Education plays a vital role in bringing down family size, helping individuals, communities and countries out of poverty. Support the campaign. read more...
  • 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...